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ASU Lodestar Center releases update to online Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector report


Phoenix, Ariz. (February 3, 2014) –– The Arizona State University (ASU) Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation recently released the latest edition of the Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector report. This report is available via a highly-interactive website and features an online knowledge repository and research tool that reports on nonprofit organizations across Arizona, including charitable giving and volunteering and the nonprofit sector’s contribution to the Arizona economy. This site has quickly emerged as the ‘go-to’ resource for statistics, research, financials, and economic information about Arizona’s nonprofit sector.

Arizona is home to a vibrant nonprofit sector comprising over 20,000 registered tax-exempt organizations. The Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector (Scope) website delves deeper into Arizona’s nonprofit sector and features numerous interactive charts that allow the user to search nonprofit organizations by county (within Arizona) and subsector (arts, education, etc.). The website is divided into several areas of significant research, including:

Nonprofit sector profile: Includes data on the number and types of Arizona nonprofit organizations, including assets, revenues, and expenditures.

Grantmaking report: Includes grants and assets of two specific types of organizations: grantmakers, which make grants to several different nonprofits; and single support organizations, which make grants to a single predefined organization.

Giving and volunteering: Contains the latest research and data on charitable giving and volunteering of Arizona residents, including volunteer hours and the value of contributed time.

Economic Contribution: This section details the economic contribution and growth of the nonprofit sector to Arizona’s economy and provides information on nonprofit employment.

“Our ‘Scope’ report is a highly sought-after knowledge platform that reveals the characteristics and dimensions of Arizona’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector,” said Dr. Robert Ashcraft, executive director of ASU’s Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in the School of Community Resources and Development. “As a ‘go-to’ source of knowledge and tools to understand and advance the social sector, our Center is responding to many requests for information that is answered through this dynamic knowledge platform,” he added.

"What a tremendous resource for the nonprofit community! Thank you!" said Michael McDonald, president and CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

“The site can be used to research nonprofit services provided in a particular area, find organizations that award grant funding, or learn about charitable giving and volunteering in our state,” said Stephanie La Loggia, manager of knowledge resources at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. “It also details the importance of nonprofit organizations to our state’s economy,” she added.

This winter update to the Scope report, features the most accurate and up-to-date information on the revenue, expenses, and assets of Arizona’s nonprofit organizations and updated statistics on volunteering in Arizona, including how many Arizonans volunteered, total number of hours donated, and the estimated dollar value of contributed labor. The site also details the contribution Arizona’s nonprofit sector makes to the state’s economy and includes statistics on employment in Arizona nonprofits.

Additional updates to the Scope will continue to take place over the coming months, including updated information on Arizona’s grantmaking public charities and foundations.

To read the Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector, visit For additional information regarding any of the ASU Lodestar Center’s programs, visit If you have questions, please call 602.496.0500 or email



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The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs.

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