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Accelerating social impact

Better nonprofits for better communities.

Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are essential social institutions that enhance the quality of life in our communities. At the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, we educate, empower and connect nonprofit leaders. Our work makes nonprofits and their teams better, accelerating social impact.

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Mesa Arts Center

May 15, 2024 — After a research-based diagnostic and a rigorous review of 12 characteristics and 70 standards, Mesa Arts Center has been reaccredited as a Service Enterprise, a nationally recognized mark of distinction for nonprofit and public organizations that effectively leverage volunteers an...

college program asu women and philanthropy

May 15, 2024 — The College Program for Incarcerated Women, operated out of ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, has received a 2023-24 ASU Women and Philanthropy grant funding award for $50,000....

Nu Lambda Mu

May 7, 2024 — The Arizona State University chapter of the Nu Lambda Mu Nonprofit Honor Society inducted 4 new members as the Spring 2024 class....

Nonprofit Management Institute

The ASU Lodestar Center's Nonprofit Management Institute offers flexible professional development options, networking opportunities, and the knowledge and tools you need to succeed. Our programs are open to individuals of all educational backgrounds and levels of experience who are seeking continuing education, from staff and management to volunteers and board members, as well as private-sector professionals seeking a career change.

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Nonprofit Social Innovation Hub

We launched the Nonprofit Social Innovation Hub during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the incredible innovation we were seeing in the nonprofit and philanthropic community. Some nonprofits adopted new technology to continue their services; others pivoted to new business models to fulfill their missions. Within the Hub, you will find ideas and inspiration from your colleagues throughout the state.

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