President & CEO
For the past 15 years, Jason Zaborske has produced, revitalized, and perfected events. His expertise in fundraising and revamping events for non-profit organizations has raised over $3 million dollars for his clients since 1998. Jason began his career in 1999, working for the City of Ocala Recreation & Parks Department as a Special Event Coordinator, where he successfully revitalized the city's outdoor events OcaliFest, Light Up Ocala and Festival 2000. In less than six months, Jason increased sponsorships, doubled the previous year's budgets and profit margins, and increased event attendance. Jason served as the Associate Director at the Children's Campaign, Inc. where he increased supporters from 3,000 to over 10,000 statewide.
Jason began Capital Events, Inc. in February of 2007 as a full service management company specializing in non-profit and association related fundraising events and activities.
Jason has successfully completed campaigns and events for his clients, including a successful Capital Campaign for Capital City Youth Services in 2012, raising more than $400,000 to build a new facility in Tallahassee for at-risk youth. In 2012, he served as the event coordinator for United Way of the Big Bend's Downtown Getdowns.
In addition to his past accomplishments, he is very proud of his current clients the FICPA Educational Foundation and the United Way of Florida. Since joining Ted Granger and United Way of Florida, Jason has increased Children's Week's overall budget from less than $5,000 to more than $150,000. He also serves the FICPA Educational Foundation as the Development Director, and in 2010 secured a $1 million matching gift from a major foundation. Jason then raised $1 million in new revenue in order to draw down the $1 million matching gift, and set up the Foundation's largest endowment to date, a $400,000 endowed scholarship program that provides $10,000/year in scholarships to Florida accounting students.
Jason was born in Milwaukee, WI, and has resided in Tallahassee for more than 12 years. He is the new President of SGMP, is currently a board member of the Foundation for Leon County Schools, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Big Bend where he served as President in 2011-2012. When he is not out raising funds, he is raising a young family and enjoys spending time with his wife Jill, his son Zeus and daughter Zoey.