19th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Nearly 150 nonprofit professionals, board members, philanthropists, funders, community volunteers and business leaders attended the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation's 19th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness on March 2nd, 2018 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. This year's theme was "Leading in an Age of Disruption" and featured a keynote presentation by Rusty Stahl, the founder, president and CEO of Fund the People, and also included an engaging panel discussion during the lunch-hour.

The afternoon offered attendees a choice of four highly engaging and unique workshops presented by our community's most influential leaders.

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Rusty Stahl

Opening Session
The Most Important People in Our Economy, Democracy, and Community; Why Everyone Should Invest in America’s Nonprofit Workforce

A unique, provocative, and practical conversation with Rusty Morgen Stahl

Rusty Stahl is the Founder and President and CEO of Fund the Peoplean organization that seeks to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce. It’s through philanthropy that we improve the world around us: caring for the vulnerable, fighting disease, supporting the arts. But none of these philanthropic investments would have any impact without the nonprofit professionals who are getting the work done. 

Our communities, environment, and economy all benefit when nonprofit leaders have the support to not just survive, but to thrive. Indeed, investing in the nonprofit workforce is the best thing we can do to increase performance and impact across the social sector. It is also a matter of ensuring social justice within the very organizations that work for social justice out in the world.

Why should donors care about the nonprofit workforce? The problem is that there is a gaping deficit of investment. Foundations use only 1% of grant dollars to support staff development in grantee organizations, and individual donors focus almost exclusively on programming.  Outdated myths of overhead and martyrdom must be replaced with a positive new mindset that lifts up the dignity and powerful contributions of nonprofit workers. And we need to make talent-investment a widespread practice in grantmaking, fundraising, and nonprofit management.

Rusty Stahl will lead a unique, provocative, and practical conversation that demonstrates practical data and resources from the Fund the People Toolkit, a comprehensive set of original resources to help funders and nonprofits integrate talent-investing into their work.

Source: Fund the People. This session is brought to you in partnership with the ASU Lodestar Center's PhilanthropyMatters programming.

Kasey Hill

"Ask Me" Networking Activity with Kasey Hill
Executive Director, Greater Tucson Leadership

Kasey Hill, TMP, became the executive director of Greater Tucson Leadership in July 2016. Prior to that she served as communications director for Develop Danville — a public-private organization in central Kentucky comprised of the Boyle County Industrial Foundation, Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Danville Main Street Program, Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Perryville, Boyle County Fiscal Court, and three city governments. Learn more about her.

Susan Tomlinson Schmidt

Luncheon Presentation & Panel
with remarks by Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNP

Join with others to let your voice be heard during a highly engaging luncheon presentation and discussion! Share in a new high-tech interactive experience that identifies your possibilities while we explore the state of the nonprofit sector... together.

Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNP, has dedicated her life to serving others with more than 25 years advancing the missions of social-impact organizations. Currently, Schmidt is the president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a network of colleges, universities and nonprofits that strengthen the social sector through the development of a talented and prepared workforce. Learn more about her.


For more information, please contact Nicole Almond Anderson via email or 602.496.0185.

Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor Bronze Sponsors Reception Sponsors
Tucson Foundations

Greater Giving

Desert Willow

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Chase for Business

Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services


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