Advancing Philanthropy Initiative
For over 15 years, thehas been providing knowledge and tools to those who lead and manage nonprofit organizations helping to build the capacity of the social sector. With the investment from the Lodestar Foundation, the Center launched its Advancing Philanthropy Initiative, which extends our focus to supporting, informing and understanding the practice of philanthropy – the “support” side of our mission. Through the Advancing Philanthropy Initiative, current and potential philanthropists – individuals and families – will benefit from knowledge, tools and resources that help them maximize the impact of their contributions.
In 2009, the Advancing Philanthropy Program Manager, Center Director, and key Center staff conducted a “philanthropy listening tour;” a series of more than three dozen conversations with valley philanthropic and nonprofit community leaders on behalf of the Advancing Philanthropy Initiative. The goal of these conversations was to learn more about the Arizona’s philanthropic landscape and understand how the Center can best leverage the Advancing Philanthropy Initiative to provide knowledge and tools to enhance donor effectiveness. These conversations informed the business planning process for the Advancing Philanthropy Initiative, strengthened the Center’s existing relationships and created new connections on behalf of our work.
Later that year in 2009, the Center hosted its first-ever Philanthropists' Forum, a convening to facilitate sharing among fellow philanthropists practices for effective giving during challenging economic times. Bringing together the best knowledge and experience of philanthropy with the ASU Lodestar Center’s understanding of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic practices, the forum provided participants with a greater perspective on effective giving. Additionally, the ASU Lodestar Center used the information shared by forum participants to create an authoritative report, thus extending the positive findings of the forum to Arizona’s entire philanthropic community.