Decade of Impact, Our Stories


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2006 - 2016

Public Allies Arizona is an intense 10-month apprenticeship program designed to develop the next generation of civic leaders. Every year we develop dedicated, service-minded people during a 10-month apprenticeship at local nonprofit organizations.

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Public Allies Arizona - Stories of Impact

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Public Allies Arizona - A Decade of Impact

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Public Allies Arizona - Presentations on Impact



Message from the ASU Lodestar Center's Executive Director

It is with great enthusiasm that we celebrate ten years of success and impact with Public Allies Arizona. Back in 2005, at a convening of grantees organized by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, I met with a senior staff member of the Public Allies National Office (PANO). We shared mutual goals and aspirations for the need for more diverse leaders of social sector organizations that truly represent the communities in which they serve. What I learned was that PANO was seeking expansion through geographic reach to implement their proven leadership model. What they learned from me was that our Center was seeking greater intentionality in our work to recruit and prepare diverse leadership for the sector.

We asked ourselves many questions but then landed on a primary one: What would it look like to leverage AmeriCorps resources into Arizona to change the face of leadership? We frantically scribbled notes on a hotel notepad, the only paper available at our convening, and then we set forth on the important work ahead.

In 2006, after an intense six months of strategizing and organizing, the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management) added Public Allies as a national partner to our portfolio of programs, which aligned with our Center’s focus to build the capacity of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As you will see in the following pages, the program has grown exponentially over the past ten years, with the leadership of our expanding program team and the impact of the Allies and our Alumni.

Thanks to all of you for supporting this journey of growth, impact, and empowerment. Our hope is that the next ten years of Public Allies Arizona are grounded in strong partnerships, innovative collaborations, and community-centered agendas as we create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D.
Executive Director | ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
Associate Professor | ASU School of Community Resources & Development

May 2016


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