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Last updated June 4, 2020
Because the Lodestar Center is housed within Arizona State University, we rely on the instruction of the university in responding to the novel coronavirus.
In a recent communique to the ASU community, President Michael Crow provided an update about the university’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He notes that the university, with the help of public health officials, continues to monitor events diligently. Further, he underscores the fact that the health, safety and success of our stakeholders are our primary focus at ASU. Lastly, he affirms efforts being made at the federal, state and local levels to minimize risk and limit further spread of the virus, and indicates that we are doing likewise at the university.
For up-to-date information on Arizona State University's response, read ASU's latest coronavirus updates and check the university's FAQ page. Researchers can check the university's COVID-19 guidelines for more information on research work.
For information specific to Lodestar Center programs, read on.
What's the status of the Center?
We are open remotely and adapting programs for online. Our staff is working from home. Though our physical office on the Downtown Phoenix campus will be closed for now, the Lodestar Center is very much open and continuing with our work. You can always reach us via phone or email.
On May 1, the ASU Lodestar Center released a report on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Arizona nonprofit sector. The report analyzed data from 449 responding organizations and detailed the dramatic impacts of the pandemic.
As unemployment soars and Arizonans cope with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofit organizations, from food pantries to shelter services, are needed more than ever. But those same organizations are struggling with disruptions of their own as donations decline and volunteers stay home. Other categories of nonprofits, including education, environment, and arts and culture, have seen their operations severely reduced or halted, with a real risk of organizations closing entirely.
The results contribute Arizona voices to a broader national conversation about COVID-19 and the nonprofit sector. Organizations can continue to submit data for follow-up reports.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left no nonprofit or philanthropic organization untouched, from a human service nonprofit coping with unprecedented demand to an arts organization unable to welcome guests to their venue. The disruptions have been massive in scope. While conducting our survey on the impacts of COVID-19 to the nonprofit sector, we heard hundreds of stories like these from nonprofits across the state.
But we've also heard stories of incredible innovation. Some nonprofits have adopted new technology to continue their services; others have pivoted to new business models to fulfill their missions.
We invite you to share your own experiences for our Nonprofit Innovation Hub, where organizations can find ideas and inspiration from their colleagues in the nonprofit community. Your responses will contribute to an indispensable resource and help lift up the sector during this time of need.
What is the status of this report?
The report was released on June 2. It provides essential data for decision-makers in the nonprofit community, with compensation data on 50+ nonprofit job positions, as well as findings on employee retirement, insurance, paid time off, and other benefits for Maricopa and Pima county organizations. It is critical in helping nonprofits make informed decisions on salaries and benefits for dozens of position titles, organized by budget size and organization type (human services, education, arts, etc.).
Have you canceled any professional-development courses?
We are continuing to educate the nonprofit community, using a virtual format for all of our offerings until further notice.
What's the status of the next Academy class?
The interview and selection process for Class 13 will be conducted virtually. As the program's fall start approaches, staff will make a decision about moving program days to a virtual format, based on recommendations from the university and public health officials.
Public Allies and their Partner Organizations should have already received information from Director Jake Teskey. If you have not, email Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Enterprise Initiative organizations of Cohort 17 should have received information from Jill Watts and the Basecamp platform, as well as their coaches. For more information, email Jill.Watts@asu.edu.
How are you using your blog platform at this time?
We are encouraging stakeholders to share their expertise on nonprofit and philanthropic issues during these challenging times. For example, American Express Leadership Academy alumnus Seth Cothrun wrote about lessons learned during the last financial crisis and why nonprofits need to have plans in place for a dramatic budget reforecast. If you'd like to contribute a blog post to the conversation, please email Phil Bencomo at email@example.com.