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Conference to focus on nonprofit sustainability strategies

November 05, 2008

WHAT:  An interactive two day conference aimed at nonprofit professionals, fundraisers, volunteers and board members, including pre-conference workshops, nationally-recognized keynote speakers and break-out sessions focused on the sustainability strategies surrounding philanthropy and fundraising in a changing world.

WHEN:  Noon – 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4; and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5  

WHERE:  Desert Willow Conference Center – Phoenix, 4340 East Cotton Center Boulevard

WHY:  To provide knowledge and tools to enhance the effectiveness of those who lead, manage and support nonprofits.


• Pre-conference workshops include “Principles of Effectiveness for Nonprofit Organizations;” “Surviving Economic Times as a Small Nonprofit;” and “What Do Foundations Want? Encouraging Grants—for Operations and Beyond.”

• Keynotes Speakers include Janice Gow Pettey, author of Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising; Heather McLeod Grant, co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of Highly Effective Nonprofits; and John Hovis, Ph.D. with the MBA program in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

• Workshop sessions include donor development, volunteer management, fundraising in social networks and next generation leadership,  just to name a few. For a detailed list of sessions, visit

• NEW this year: Senior-level track for nonprofit professionals with over 10 years of experience: “Leadership Challenges for Today and Tomorrow.” At no extra cost, get all the benefits of attending the conference through keynote addresses, session breaks and panels, in addition to the opportunity to contribute to a paper with senior level colleagues on leadership challenges.

• The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation exists to advance nonprofit leadership practice so that organizations can better achieve their mission. Whether the mission is housing, youth development, recreation, or neighborhood revitalization, effective nonprofit organizations improve individual lives and enhance our entire community.

RSVP: To register, visit: http// or call (602) 496-0500.