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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?

Our specialists 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.


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