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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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Jordyn Walhof MLK March 2020

July 10, 2024 -  As a freshman at Arizona State University, Jordyn Walhof was studying political science, public policy, and anthropology, but she felt a pull toward the nonprofit world and wanted to gain hands-on experience in that sector....

ai for nonprofits

June 28, 2024 ( — Last December, senior residents of the Sunrise Hills neighborhood in nearby Fort Mohave found...

Public Allies SAAF Inclusivity training

June 26, 2024 — As we celebrate Pride Month, members of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Public Allies Arizona program recently participated in a special training opportunity with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundatio...

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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