| ASSISTANCE TO NONPROFITS
The quality of life in communities is enhanced by the presence of a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector. Nonprofit organizations provide essential services to those in need, as well as improving education, arts, culture and environmental stewardship, to name a few. In order to fill these important roles, nonprofit organizations must be efficient and effective. The ASU Lodestar Center is a key resource for nonprofits desiring to better meet their mission through increased leadership and management effectiveness. Helping nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers gain the skills they need to thrive in today's competitive environment is the focus of the Center's nonprofit capacity building activities. Below is a list of several key programs and tools the ASU Lodestar Center provides in order to build the capacity of the sector.
Ask the nonprofit Specialists – Do
you have questions about starting, governing, managing
or operating a nonprofit organization?
have helped numerous nonprofit organizations and
individuals with many issues... from getting started,
to funding, to taxes, and more.
The Arizona Grants Access Tool and Experts Source (AzGATES) is an
online database connecting those in need of funding with local,
national and international sponsors who can help serve that need.
More than 800 active users have already discovered AzGATES to
help find the funding they need. With 900 current sponsors/funding
resources, AzGATES caters specifically to Arizona residents, communities,
and organizations by providing the most relevant funding opportunities possible.
Access is free and includes a member profile.
Effective, Motivated Board Governance Training
- One of the issues most identified by nonprofit leaders
as of greatest concern for the future of their organization and the sector
is board governance. Our training is designed to bring
the best of research and practice together to explore what
effective board practice means and how such leadership
is achieved successfully.
The Evolving Nonprofits through Strategic Evaluation
and Planning (ENSTEP) - A Nonprofit Self-Assessment Program
built upon the Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool.
ENSTEP provides a unique opportunity for board, staff, and stakeholders
to engage in a challenging and collaborative process that
aims to convert knowledge into effective action.
The Generation Next Leadership Academy - A cohort
of the Valley’s top emerging nonprofit leaders, selected through a
competitive process, to participate in a program that provides
them the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within
the nonprofit community.
The ASU Lodestar
Center Nonprofit News (LCNN) - A
free e-mailed newsletter from the ASU Lodestar Center
for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. The purpose
of the Lodestar Center Nonprofit News, formerly the
Arizona Nonprofit Community Report, is to share information
relevant and beneficial to those who lead, manage and
support nonprofits. Our goal is to inform and inspire our readers.
Principles of Effectiveness for
Nonprofit Organizations - A tool that helps nonprofits
assess their organization's strengths and weaknesses
and create a plan to address what training they need.
It provides a roadmap that leads to a more effective
nonprofit organization. It's simply building the capacity
of organizations through self-examination.
Public Allies advances the skills, networks and experience of diverse young leaders as they strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Public Allies selects our communities' most promising young leaders, ages 18-30, who commit to a rigorous and rewarding 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in community organizations, team service projects and bi-weekly leadership training.