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Military Family Retreats with Project Sanctuary (PS012)

Meet Jason Strickland


Jason Strickland, CDO Project Sanctuary

Jason, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, served in numerous different billets throughout his 20 years of service in the Army.

Intelligence. Logistics. Operations. Project Manager. Platoon Leader. You name it this guy’s done it.

He attended the U.S. Army Command & General Staff School and holds a degree in International Relations from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Currently, he’s the Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Project Sanctuary.

I met Jason at RallyPoint’s conference in Raleigh, NC.

About Project Sanctuary

Project Sanctuary heals and reconnects military families through a 6-day outdoor therapeutic retreat and then two years of follow-up after that.


Project Sanctuary Retreats For Military Families


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Show Notes

In today’s episode, Jason answers:

  • What’s 1 mistake you made when joining the project sanctuary team?
  • How many applicants do you receive a year approximately?
  • What’s a personal challenge you are dealing with right now?
  • What’s 1 thing you’re doing really well right now?
  • What’s the best piece of business advice you received?
  • What’s the hardest part of running a nonprofit organization?
  • How do you manage and nurture your professional relationships?
  • How do you stay so organized?
  • Does your retreat program include a spiritual aspect to it?
  • What are you going to do today to improve as a person?
  • What are your plans to grow and expand Project Sanctuary to different locations?

Key Topics discussed:

  • How Project Sanctuary Raised More Than $1 Million for their Nonprofit
  • What Life’s All About (Jason’s take. I love it. Do you agree? Comment below.)
  • Return on Effort (ROE) vs. Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Cal Ripken Jr.’s Consistency
  • Why You Should Start With Your “Why”
  • Simon Sinek stresses what Jason says about the importance of starting with your “Why”:

Favorite Weapon

  • Google+ and Hangouts: Project Sanctuary’s experimenting with the Google+ and Hangout platform as a way to engage donors.
  • Donorsnap: CRM for nonprofits. A way for Project Sanctuary to keep track of communication history with donors.

Favorite Quote

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up. ~ Colin Powell

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