ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation

Educating, empowering and connecting nonprofit leaders to accelerate social impact.

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02/06/2024

We are honoring by looking at the work nonprofits are doing in communities of color, and honoring the past of these communities while working to make the future better.

Photos from ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's post 01/24/2024

Today is International Day of Education! Education is the backbone of society, with lasting effects throughout life, and nonprofits are there in their communities to bring more education to those who need it. This can be in after-school programs and tutoring for kids, athletics and arts programs, scholarships for schooling, and additional job training. We asked our Lodestar staff about memorable educational memories from their lives, and how it impacted them. Take a look at what they said!

01/23/2024

Don't forget to register and submit your proposals for the West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference by February 2! We want to see all the data-lovers, researchers, graduate students, and academics on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus on April 19 and 20, 2024.



https://westcoastnonprofitdata.org/2024-conference-asu/

01/22/2024

We want to hear from you! Your feedback is vital to the ASU Lodestar Center's continuing to help build the capacity of the social sector, so tell us how we are doing!

https://bit.ly/2024stakeholdersurvey

01/18/2024

Congrats to all of those who have been recognized for their service in the nonprofit world with this year's Awards, including the ASU Lodestar Center's own Leadership Council Chair Eric Majchrzak!

01/15/2024

Part of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy is that of service to the community, something that the nonprofit sector actively works towards every day.
In honor of MLK Day, Arizona State University and the Lodestar Center are closed for the day, while many of our staff, along with members, volunteer in our communities and recommit to Dr. King's vision.

01/12/2024

Calling all the nonprofit scholars, students, and overall data wonks! Join us for the 2024 West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference, hosted on our own Downtown Phoenix campus from April 19-20! This is the place for faculty, grad students, and researchers in the nonprofit sector can come together and talk data and methods. Registrations are now open!
https://westcoastnonprofitdata.org/2024-conference-asu/

01/10/2024

The Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University was named one of 10 winners of the CoGen Challenge to Advance Economic Opportunity today for its work bringing generations together to create a more inclusive, prosperous future.

The $20,000 award comes from CoGenerate, a national nonprofit bringing older and younger people together to solve problems, bridge divides and co-create the future.

This new funding will support the ASU Lodestar Center’s Cogenerational Service Academy, which launched its inaugural cohort in early 2023 and will begin a second program year this month. Participants in the academy represent as many as five generations of community-minded individuals, including AmeriCorps members from the Center’s Public Allies Arizona program for emerging nonprofit and civic leaders.

Read more here: https://lodestar.asu.edu/news/asu-lodestar-center-receives-20000-award-bridge-generational-divides

01/02/2024

Are changes coming to tax-exempt statuses for nonprofits? How do donations over the last year compare to the year prior? Plus, see how one Arizona credit union gave back! That's this episode of the Nonprofit News Minute, hosted by the ASU Lodestar Center's

12/27/2023

Do you know the best practices for hiring and retaining a talented, diverse staff? If not, we have you covered in our new blog post!
lodestar.asu.edu/blog/2023/12/best-practices-hiring-and-retaining-diverse-staff

12/22/2023

As the year draws to a close, we are thankful for you and the incredible state we get to call home.

Together, we can build a brighter Arizona for everyone. Happy holidays from the ASU Lodestar Center!

12/21/2023

Volunteering in the US has been on a downward trend for over a decade, but the COVID-19 pandemic made the pain points of that trend much more noticeable. How are nonprofits combatting the lower volunteer rates and engagement from the communities? talked with our own Jeanne-Marie Hill about just that! The story is linked on our website! https://lodestar.asu.edu/news

12/18/2023

Did you miss our most recent tip in the Lodestar Center Nonprofit Newsletter? If you did - make sure your organization is set for success in the new year by creating a Strategic Communications Plan with this tool from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more tips and nonprofit news, make sure you are subscribed to our biweekly newsletter!
https://builder.strategiccommunicationtools.com/

12/15/2023

Can donors have too much power? Will nonprofit hospitals move beyond large gifts? And a new report details the burnout crisis among women and nonbinary leaders of color. That's all in this week's Nonprofit News Minute, hosted by the ASU Lodestar Center's Lillian Finley.

12/05/2023

Today is all about recognizing all of the volunteers who give so much to help make their communities better, like our Public Allies and Cogenerational Service Academy and Experience Matters members. If you are looking for ways to volunteer, we have plenty of programs to get involved in, or just keep an eye out for one of our Service Enterprises! The Service Enterprise Initiative certification means that the organization is a leader in their volunteer programs.

Photos from ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's post 12/01/2023

We've teamed up with to highlight the importance of community engagement in retirement and bring awareness to our service opportunities open for those 55+, like Experience Matters and the Cogenerational Service Academy. You can find out more about these programs on our website!

11/29/2023

There are ethical pitfalls throughout the nonprofit sector, including fundraising for organizations. Do you know what ethical issues can arise during fundraising, and is your organization doing everything it can to avoid them? We have some tips for just that in our newest blog post, written by Lillian Finley
https://lodestar.asu.edu/blog/2023/11/ethics-nonprofit-fundraising

11/29/2023

Big news! has a new Phoenix Program Manager, who just happens to be an alumna! Welcome back to Yolotzi, we're so excited to have you as part of the team again!

11/28/2023

Can there be a better feeling than knowing you are doing meaningful work that will have a large impact? Public Ally Chris Elliott has been working with on a study showcasing the economic development that art brings to the communities around Arizona and nationally. Chris exemplifies the leadership and service of and you can read more about his work as an ally on our website now! https://lodestar.asu.edu/news/continuing-contributions-nationwide-impact-public-ally-chris-elliotts-work-arizona-commission

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Our Mission

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is a global leader in advancing understanding and effective philanthropic and nonprofit practice as a distinctive community development strategy. Through research, education, technical assistance and convening the center focuses on advancing nonprofit leaders and philanthropists to solve problems, to realize a community’s highest aspirations and to accelerate social impact.

MISSION: To build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Learn more at: https://lodestar.asu.edu/

Videos (show all)

Are changes coming to tax-exempt statuses for nonprofits? How do donations over the last year compare to the year prior?...
Nonprofit News Minute | December 15, 2023
We love seeing our alumni using the knowledge and skills they gain from our certificate programs to better their communi...
We are proud to announce that Lou Haiduk, formerly Co-Director of Public Allies Arizona for Tucson, has now become Direc...
Talking with alumni of the George Washington Carver High School as part of their group service project, a group of @publ...
Public Ally Spotlight: Alesha Adolph
AmazonSmile was an easy way for nonprofits to fundraise throughout the year, and for individuals to direct Amazon's char...
Influencer marketing has opened a world of possibilities to nonprofit organizations. They can benefit from the establish...
Truth Initiative's influencer marketing social media campaign was a success. Not only were they able to reach a wide aud...

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