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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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Michael Smith

March 10, 2023 — Michael Smith, the eighth CEO of AmeriCorps, a federal agency that advances a wide variety of national and community service projects, will be the featured speaker at a town hall on Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus Monday, March 13, which coincides with ...

Superior, Arizona

March 7, 2023 — While urban dwellers can easily exist in relative anonymity in their own neighborhoods, an often-cited advantage of rural living is being around people with a strong sense of place, who understand and look out for each other....


March 3, 2023 — Nonprofit organizations perform a variety of essential community roles, including providing charitable, educational or developmental services using donated funds as well as through the sales of goods and services at cost....

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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