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ASU receives grant to help expand leadership development program

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation received a $170,000 grant from the American Express Foundation to further develop and fund the Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (GenNext).

New NHSA Executive Leadership Certificate Program

This innovative new certificate program is a joint collaboration between the ASU Lodestar Center, the Indiana University Schools of Public and Environmental Affairs and The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and the National Human Services Assembly.

The six-month long program begins in January 2015 and is intended for executive-level individuals at National Human Services Assembly member organizations and their affiliates or branches, and those who have experience across multiple dimensions of organizational executive management.

OLLI at ASU classes engage 'encore generation' in lifelong learning

For 10 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Arizona State University has brought low-cost educational and cultural courses and programs to adults ages 50 and over. This fall, with over 90 classes in history, art, music, opera, travel and creative writing, science, current events, literature, geography, religion, physics, space, Shakespeare and more, there is something for everyone.

Watch one of our final semester students at her internship!

For their final semester, all School of Community Resources and Development students are required to pursue a 12-credit internship. Many of our students take advantage of the internship to advance their careers through opportunities out of state or abroad. As part of their internship requirements, all students give final presentations about their internships.

Southwest Valley homing in on tourism trends

Southwest Valley economic and city leaders are initiating what they say is the first study of tourism in the region to determine who visits and why they come. 

The effort is begin led by Goodyear Vice Mayor Joanne Osborne and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, which includes members in Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.


ASU Lodestar Center executive director named to The Nonprofit Times 2012 Power & Influence Top 50 list

Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the Arizona State University (ASU) Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development has been named one of the top 50 in The NonProfit Times 2012 “Power & Influence” list. “[We] annually highlight 50 of the sector’s leaders for their impact and influence on the broader sector.

Summer Study Abroad! Guatemala (summer 1) and Peru (summer 2)

If you are interested in an affordable study abroad experience and would like to learn about Guatemala culture, enroll in one of the offered courses for a unique experience that will emphasize how tourism can contribute to sustainable development.

For additional information, please visit the Guatemala Study Abroad website.


PhD candidate named as one of the "40 leaders under 40"

Jessica Aquino, a PhD candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development, was named one of Chicanos por la Causa’s" 40 Hispanic Leaders under 40" at the organization’s annual luncheon on September 21st.

The purpose of the program is to promote the Hispanic leaders in the community who are under the age of 40 and to get more young people involved and making positive contributions in the Phoenix Valley. 

Garden of Dreams opens in Encanto Park in Phoenix

More than three years ago, a group of American humanics students at Arizona State University developed an idea for a small community garden as part of a class project.

But they “never dreamed that something would actually come of it,” according to Robert Ashcraft, non-profit studies professor and ASU Lodestar Center executive director.