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ASU Lodestar Center receives $170,000 grant from American Express for nonprofit leadership academy

The ASU Lodestar Center recently received a grant from the American Express Foundation in the amount of $170,000 to further develop and fund the Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (GenNext). Building on their investment over the past six years, this new grant will allow the highly-effective leadership development program to expand from a cohort size of 25 participants to a robust and diverse 30 participants. GenNext is a cohort of the Valley's top emerging nonprofit leaders, chosen to participate in a nine-month training program that provides them with the knowledge and tools needed to take on leadership roles within the nonprofit community.

“Building on the incredible success of the past six years, we are honored that American Express has made this investment which will be the catalyst for the leadership development of these executives. The programmatic additions are elements of leadership training that few nonprofits are able to afford for their team,” said Cassidy Campana, ASU Lodestar Center program manager for the Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy. “American Express’ commitment to developing the nonprofit leaders of tomorrow creates a more prepared, sustainable pipeline of executives to ascend into new positions,” she added.

The two-year grant will allow for several programmatic enhancements which will include 360-degree feedback assessments, as well as one-on-one executive coaching. These new elements bring the GenNext Academy in alignment with the other nonprofit leadership academies that American Express supports across the country as part of their strategy to expand programming for nonprofit leaders both nationally and abroad.