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ASU Lodestar Center welcomes six nonprofit organizations to the Service Enterprise Initiative, launching its 17th cohort

Members of the Arizona Service Enterprise Initiative's 17th cohort stand and sit in chairs inside a conference room. Behind them is a large monitor and map. In front of them is a sign reading "Service Enterprise, Points of Light" with multiple logos.

The Arizona Service Enterprise Initiative's 17th cohort attended orientation on Feb. 6, 2020.

Feb. 5, 2020 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation welcomes Cohort 17 of the Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI), launched in partnership with the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) and Points of Light. The program helps organizations transform their volunteerism for high-impact results.

This cohort includes the following organizations:

  • Cancer Support Community
  • Cave Creek Museum
  • Desert Foothills Library
  • Foothills Caring Corps, Inc.
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Volunteer in Paradise at PVSchools

The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national program from Points of Light that provides training and certification to nonprofits that are committed to implementing exemplary volunteer management practices to achieve their missions. Service Enterprise certification helps organizations to have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization. The program includes a diagnostic evaluation, training on change-management and volunteer engagement strategies, and individualized coaching. For every $1 invested in effective volunteer engagement, organizations can expect $3-$6 in return through more effective program delivery.

The first cohort with the ASU Lodestar Center started in Fall 2018. Since then, 31 organizations have been trained, and eight of those organizations are nationally certified with Points of Light.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation was founded in 1999 to educate, empower and connect nonprofit leaders so they can accelerate social impact. The Center is part of ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and its School of Community Resources and Development.

For additional information regarding any of the ASU Lodestar Center’s programs, visit For media inquiries, please contact Phil Bencomo at (602) 496-0500 or