Recent Conferences & 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. The Center also organizes the PhilanthropyMatters Speaker Series.


26th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies

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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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