Jason Zajac is the Principal of Celsinus Partners. He has worked in the philanthropic field for 27 years and has helped clients raise over $750 million. 

Through Celsinus Partners, Jason provides highly-customized fundraising plans for regional and national organizations. He develops strategies to help them authentically reach out to donors and build long-term fundraising capacity. 

He’s served on several boards, including the Toledo Hospital Foundation, West Side Montessori, and Graham’s Foundation.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • How Jason Zajac came up with the name Celsinus Partners 
  • Lessons for the philanthropy industry in uncertain times 
  • Turning moments of crisis into a cultivation tool 
  • Making a case for support the right way 
  • The opportunities that have popped up during these uncertain times and how to take advantage of them
  • Jason talks about rallying donor support in difficult times 
  • The leadership side to navigating stringent economic uncertainties
  • Three tips for moving forward with fundraising during the pandemic

In this episode…

When we started in the philanthropic industry, we had no idea what the future would bring—and we still don’t know that! But we had no reason to believe our philanthropic plans wouldn’t succeed. Today the concern is a bit different: how do we move forward when our donors are facing financial difficulties? Jason Zajac says you have to pause to reflect on your mission and whether your case is more or less relevant because of what’s outside of your control. 

Think your case is relevant and you need to move forward with your philanthropic plan? Jason says you have to continue despite what’s going in your environment. How? You need to get creative and leverage engagement with donors to make a case for their support the right way. Need to learn creative ways to engage donors in these uncertain times? 

Listen to this episode of the Philanthropy212 Podcast with Penny Cowden as she interviews Jason Zajac of Celsinus Partners. They talk about identifying opportunities in the chaos, moving forward with your philanthropic plans despite uncertainties, creative ways to encourage donors to stay the cause, and more. 

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This episode is brought to you by Philanthropy212,  a fundraising consulting company focused on helping not-for-profit organizations build sustainable practices and programs that raise more than just money. 

Philanthropy212’s founder, Penny Cowden, has 25 years of experience in the industry and has helped raise more than $100 million for non-profits such as PeaceHealth, Sisters of Charity, Inova Health System, Banner Health System, and Sun Health.