2022 Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness

Graphic for the 23rd Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness.


April 20, 2022
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


YWCA Southern Arizona
525 N. Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ



Thanks to our sponsors for making this reasonable fee possible.


Service and volunteerism to build a stronger Arizona

The 23rd Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness returned to an in-person format in Tucson on April 20, 2022.

The nonprofit workforce is a multifaceted one. Alongside staff members, the sector relies on volunteers as a vital part of an organization. And that workforce also spans a wide array of ages and experience. To maximize your organization's impact, retain key employees and volunteers, and build better communities, you need to develop strategies to work across and unite all segments of your human capital.

The theme of the ASU Lodestar Center's 23rd Annual Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness was Service and Volunteerism to Build a Stronger Arizona. During this interactive in-person convening, attendees connected with fellow nonprofit professionals and sector leaders, leaving the forum with fresh ideas and tools.

Highlights included:

  • Workshop on managing multiple generations in the work/volunteer force
  • Panel discussion on volunteerism across generations
  • Introduction to the Service Enterprise Initiative for maximizing your volunteers' impact
  • Networking activities
  • Practical takeaways and more!

This event had something for staff members and volunteers alike.

Sponsored by

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Thanks to sponsor support, we are able to keep registration fees as reasonable as possible. See our sponsorship opportunities.

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8:30 a.m.

Doors open
9 a.m. Welcome and setting the context
9:25 a.m. Warm-up activity and introductions
9:55 a.m.


Details coming soon
11 a.m. Panel: A Multigenerational Discussion on Volunteer Experience


Moderated by Emily Litchfield from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family
11:40 a.m. Reflection and closing remarks
12 p.m. Forum concludes

Panel: A Multigenerational Discussion on Volunteer Experience

From Millennials to the Silent Generation, our panelists discussed the volunteer experience and how organizations benefit from the perspectives and contributions of all generations.

Photo of Emily Litchfield outside.

Emily Litchfield, Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (facilitator)

I began volunteering as a child; my mom would take me to work with her at the Senior Center. You've heard of emotional support dogs? I was an emotional support baby. Then I was active with church and various organizations through high school and college. Currently, I'm a Service Enterprise Initiative certified trainer, I administer AmeriCorps grants in Arizona, and I staff the Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism.

Photo of Carol Brown.

Carol E. Brown, WACOG - Area Agency on Aging & Governor's Advisory Council on Aging

Over the last 20 years, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of people in a volunteer setting for multiple for-profit, nonprofit organizations and agencies which varied from churches to local and national for-profit businesses, community service organizations and community partner nonprofits.

Photo of Taylor Devine.

Taylor Devine, Beloved in the Desert

Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to recruit, match and support long-term young adult religious volunteers for local nonprofits as a key component of our Service Corps Program, Beloved in the Desert. Working largely with Gen Z volunteers who serve about 1300 hours with our partner nonprofits over 10 months, I have been inspired and have learned much from their keen insights. It is an honor to help them to develop skills for action and reflection that will help them live integrated lives of sustainable long-term service and justice in their communities.

Photo of Mike Edmonds. Edmonds is standing with crossed arms and wearing a white apron.

Mike Edmonds, Thrive in the 05

I live in Tucson House. Having been unemployed, I sought to either become employed, go to school and/or start a business. Instead, I became involved with serving and assisting my co-residents and neighbors here at Tucson House du to the pandemic. Over the last two years, I have been involved in more and more projects and services. At the age of 60, I learned that I am considered a "high-functioning autistic," which to me explains much of my experiences throughout my entire life.

Photo of Asha Greyeyes.

Asha Greyeyes, Public Allies Arizona

I have participated in different events as a volunteer, mostly helping pick fruits around Tucson. Interning under a Volunteer Manager right now with Public Allies Arizona is giving me experience in what they have to consider for the well-being of their volunteers and the longevity of the volunteer experience.

Photo of Katia Jones.

Katia Jones, Sibyl Strategy Group, LLC

I volunteer to do my part in making our community better for future generations. Being a community servant is an important role in this world.

Photo of Justin Lukasewicz.

Justin Lukasewicz, Greater Tucson Leadership

I currently work with a large number of volunteers at Greater Tucson Leadership. In our organization we have 10 different class days each with its own committee of volunteers. We are constantly trying to give our volunteers the most organized and positive experience throughout the planning process.

Photo of Lucy Read.

Lucy Read, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Since 2008, I have been fortunate to build an encore career in my long-standing interest areas -- healthcare, social justice and nonprofit management, mainly through United Way. Having served as both a volunteer manager and volunteer for many years, I am of the belief that all work (paid and unpaid) should be valued for itself and not solely by a dollar sign. I currently enjoy serving as a VOICES Connector (advocate for senior issues), Dementia Champion/Caregiver Support Group facilitator, and board member of Tucson Shared Housing.

Photo of Alex Swain.

Alex Swain, Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association

Volunteer managers stand at an interesting vantage point bridging a need in the community with those who can help meet that need. One must be a jack-of-all-trades, and you end up doing a vast array of diverse jobs. The work of SAVMA helps to bring local volunteer leaders together throughout Southern Arizona to collaborate, network, and mutually develop to strengthen our work and the profession of volunteer management. It is this human touch of creating community amongst volunteers, and volunteer leaders, that is a major motivation and the spark of energy in my work.


For more information about this event, please contact Phil Bencomo at phil.bencomo@asu.edu or call (602) 496-0500.