Past Conferences and Forums

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.



APRIL 26-27, 2019 | PHOENIX

2019 West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference

Civic Space Park

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.

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MARCH 1, 2019 | TUCSON

20th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

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; 

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OCTOBER 25, 2018 | PHOENIX

26th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

2018 conference image

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 BrownJulie 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.

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MARCH 2, 2018 | TUCSON

19th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

2018 Forum

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.

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OCT. 18, 2017 | PHOENIX

25th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

The theme for the 2017 Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies is finding opportunity in disruption.

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.

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MARCH 3, 2017 | TUCSON

18th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Sustaining Social Innovation: Solving Challenges, Not Managing Them

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.



OCT. 20, 2016 | PHOENIX

24th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

24th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainable Strategies: Oct. 20, 2016

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.

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MARCH 4, 2016 | TUCSON

17th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Soar to new heights - 17th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

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.

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OCT. 15, 2015 | PHOENIX

23rd Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

23rd Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies: Oct. 15 in Phoenix

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.

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MARCH 6, 2015 | TUCSON

16th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: All In



NOV. 5, 2014 | PHOENIX

22nd Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Nonprofit Next: Taking Charge of Change



MARCH 7, 2014 | TUCSON

15th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: The Next Generation: Building the Leadership Pipeline



NOV. 7, 2013 | PHOENIX

21st Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Solutions: Mission, Strategy, Impact



MARCH 1, 2013 | TUCSON

14th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Untapped: Innovations in Nonprofit Financing



OCT. 18-19, 2012 | GLENDALE

20th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Unleashing Human Potential for the Next 100 Years



APRIL 12, 2012 | TUCSON

Nonprofit Capacity Matters



OCT. 13-14, 2011 | PHOENIX

19th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: "Go fast, go alone. Go far, go together": Collective Impact



MARCH 4, 2011 | PHOENIX

13th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Building a More Effective Nonprofit Sector: Strengthening Communication Between Funders and Grantees



OCT. 14-15, 2010 | PHOENIX

18th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: From Red to Black: Innovative Thinking for Generating Income and Resources



MARCH 5, 2010 | PHOENIX

12th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Our Mosaic Sector: Strategies for Achieving Cultural Relevancy



OCT. 15-16, 2009 | PHOENIX

17th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: What's Next? Moving Boldly Into the Future



MARCH 6, 2009 | SCOTTSDALE

11th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Collaboration: A Winning Strategy



DEC. 4-5, 2008 | PHOENIX

16th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Philanthropy and Fundraising in a Changing World: Voluntary Action for the Common Good



MARCH 7, 2008 | GLENDALE

10th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Doing It Right: Achieving Mission, Embracing Ethics



NOV. 29-30, 2007 | PHOENIX

15th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Mission and Messaging: Cutting Through the Noise



MARCH 2, 2007 | GLENDALE

9th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Speak Out! Empowering Nonprofits to Help Shape Public Dialogue



NOV. 30–DEC. 1, 2006 | PHOENIX

14th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

Theme: Sustainability Strategies: Healthy Communities



MARCH 3, 2006 | GLENDALE

8th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Aspiring to Excellence: Navigating in Changing Times



DEC. 8-9, 2005 | PHOENIX

13th Annual Nonprofit Conference

Theme: Building Boards: Strengthening Communities



MARCH 3-4, 2005 | GLENDALE

7th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Social Enterprise



DEC. 3, 2004 | PHOENIX

12th Annual Nonprofit Day

Theme: Strengthening Our Nonprofit Workforce



MARCH 5, 2004 | PHOENIX

6th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Building the Capacity of Arizona's Nonprofit Sector: Resources and Opportunities



DEC. 5, 2003 | PHOENIX

11th Annual Nonprofit Day

Theme: Inspiring Confidence and Trust: Issues and Answers for Nonprofits



MARCH 7, 2003 | PHOENIX

5th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Theme: Developing Strategic Alliances Between Nonprofits and Businesses for High Impact: Creating Sustainable Resources



DEC. 6, 2002 | PHOENIX

10th Annual Nonprofit Day

Theme: Surviving and Thriving in Tough Economic Times



SPRING 2002 | PHOENIX

4th Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness



FALL 2001 | PHOENIX

9th Annual Nonprofit Day



MAY 4, 2001 | TEMPE

Spring 2001 Nonprofit Day

Theme: Effective Use of the Media for the Nonprofit Organization



DEC. 1, 2000 | PHOENIX

8th Annual Nonprofit Day

Theme: Collaborations and Mergers Between Nonprofit Organizations



APRIL 12, 2000 | PHOENIX

Forum 2000

Theme: Board Governance: Creating a Culture of Performance



MARCH 5, 1999 | PHOENIX

Conference 1999

Theme: The Courage to Lead and the Skill to Guide

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