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The ASU Lodestar Center's annual events bring together hundreds of nonprofit professionals to learn from nationally recognized leaders in the sector, to exchange ideas and to gain valuable capacity-building tools.
For information on upcoming convenings, visit our main Conferences & Forums page.
The West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference brings faculty, students and researchers who study the nonprofit sector together to share and receive constructive feedback on both completed research and works in progress.We hosted the 2019 conference, April 26-27 in Phoenix.
At the 20th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness, March 1, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz., nearly 150 nonprofit professionals, board chairs, volunteers, funders and community partners joined us for a day of learning and inspiration.
Keynote speaker Will Hightower's opening session on improv concepts for communication and leadership got attendees out of their comfort zones, while our luncheon panel on civic leadership pushed everyone to contemplate their own roles in the community. The panel included: moderator Kasey Hill, executive director of Greater Tucson Leadership; Michael Cyrino, community relations representative for Arizona Complete Health; Emilia Eldridge, human resources information manager for Child-Parent Centers and co-chair of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (Tucson); Laci Lester, program manager for initiatives at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona; and Joe Watson, communications director for AFSC-AZ. In the afternoon, workshop presenters included: Sadhna Bokhiria, chief operating officer for Kapoor Foundations; Harriet "Hatsy" Cutshall, senior manager for Your Part-Time Controller LLC; Heather Hiscox, co-founder & co-director of Moves The Needle; from Abeja Solutions, Laura Ingalls, chief executive officer, and Brianna Klink de Ruiz, chief operating officer; David Paddison, principal & chief analytics consultant for Impact Analytics LLC; and Todd Vigil, chief marketing officer for The Phoenix Symphony;
Nearly 350 attendees renewed, refreshed and affirmed their roles in the social sector at the 26th Annual Nonprofit Conference, October 25, 2018, at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2018 theme was "Our Resilient Sector: Learn to Thrive and Take Charge of Your Future." Along with more than two dozen workshops, the day included inspring speakers like New York Times bestselling author and visionary leader Gloria Feldt; Valley Leadership President and CEO David Brown; Julie Euber, TGen’s Manager of Education and Outreach and a board member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Phoenix; Angela Florez, Chief Development Officer for Valle del Sol; Kasey Hill, Executive Director of Greater Tucson Leadership; Brian Wood, founder of MARS Coaching; and Andrea Whitsett, Director of the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The conference concluded with a Nonprofit Around-the-World Fair in partnership with Valley Leadership.
Nearly 150 nonprofit professionals, board members, philanthropists, funders, community volunteers and business leaders attended the 2018 forum in Tucson. This year's theme was "Leading in an Age of Disruption." The event featured a keynote presentation by Rusty Stahl, the founder, president and CEO of Fund the People, and an engaging panel discussion during the lunch-hour led by Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, CNP, the president of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The panelists, who presented workshops in the afternoon, were Laurie Battaglia, Bobi Seredich, Jennifer Tersigni and Scott Thompson. Kasey Hill of Greater Tucson Leadership led a special networking activity for attendees.
Attendees discovered innovative solutions for building stronger organizations and impacting more communities.
The 2017 conference featured more than 20 workshops; an opening session with Tammy McLeod, President and CEO of the Flinn Foundation; and an interactive luncheon presentation with Alberto Olivas, Executive Director of the Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics & Public Service at ASU; Katie Smith Milway, Partner, The Bridgespan Group; Reyna Montoya, Founder & Executive Director, Aliento; and Steve Peru, MPA, President & CEO, United Way of Northern Arizona.
The 2017 forum featured an opening keynote session by Jeff Snell, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Folk Art Alliance, and was followed by an engaging panel discussion. Attendees heard first-hand how nonprofit organizations solved problems while building a sustainable model. The day concluded with four unique workshops.
2016's theme was Make it an Inside Job: Unlocking Success by Innovating from Within, and was all about unlocking nonprofit success from within.
Speakers included Jacqueline Smith, JD, Assistant Vice President of University Initiatives, Arizona State University; Brian Spicker, Chief Program Officer, Valley of the Sun United Way; Heather Hiscox, Co-director, Moves the Needle; Karl Gentles, Executive Director, Back to School Clothing Drive, Partner, Goode Wright Gentles Agency; and Todd Hornback, Director of Community Life, DMB Associates, Inc.
The 2016 forum featured an opening keynote session from Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and an engaging luncheon presentation and panel on the latest research on the nonprofit sector, “Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact” report (2016). The afternoon concluded with several unique workshops presented by our community's most influential leaders.
Along with nearly 40 workshops, the 2015 conference featured a plenary session with Neil Giuliano, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership. He shared insights from his years of experience as a nonprofit executive, elected official, book author, senior official in higher education and leader/activist.
Theme: All In
Theme: Nonprofit Next: Taking Charge of Change
Theme: The Next Generation: Building the Leadership Pipeline
Theme: Solutions: Mission, Strategy, Impact
Theme: Untapped: Innovations in Nonprofit Financing
Theme: Unleashing Human Potential for the Next 100 Years
Theme: "Go fast, go alone. Go far, go together": Collective Impact
Theme: Building a More Effective Nonprofit Sector: Strengthening Communication Between Funders and Grantees
Theme: From Red to Black: Innovative Thinking for Generating Income and Resources
Theme: Our Mosaic Sector: Strategies for Achieving Cultural Relevancy
Theme: What's Next? Moving Boldly Into the Future
Theme: Collaboration: A Winning Strategy
Theme: Philanthropy and Fundraising in a Changing World: Voluntary Action for the Common Good
Theme: Doing It Right: Achieving Mission, Embracing Ethics
Theme: Mission and Messaging: Cutting Through the Noise
Theme: Speak Out! Empowering Nonprofits to Help Shape Public Dialogue
Theme: Sustainability Strategies: Healthy Communities
Theme: Aspiring to Excellence: Navigating in Changing Times
Theme: Building Boards: Strengthening Communities
Theme: Social Enterprise
Theme: Strengthening Our Nonprofit Workforce
Theme: Building the Capacity of Arizona's Nonprofit Sector: Resources and Opportunities
Theme: Inspiring Confidence and Trust: Issues and Answers for Nonprofits
Theme: Developing Strategic Alliances Between Nonprofits and Businesses for High Impact: Creating Sustainable Resources
Theme: Surviving and Thriving in Tough Economic Times
Theme: Effective Use of the Media for the Nonprofit Organization
Theme: Collaborations and Mergers Between Nonprofit Organizations
Theme: Board Governance: Creating a Culture of Performance
Theme: The Courage to Lead and the Skill to Guide