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Lodestar Center, Piper Trust partner on fundraising program

December 21, 2009

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to partner for a second year with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to provide fundraising capacity building training for nonprofit organizations.

The project grew out of a Piper Trust-sponsored program that brought national fundraising expert Kay Sprinkel Grace to the Valley to speak to Trust grantees. The Lodestar Center was selected by the Piper Trust to help create a more extensive, continuing program on nonprofit capacity building with Grace. Last year, 18 nonprofit organizations participated in the program, benefiting from new tools to assist their development efforts.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Kay Sprinkel Grace who has such a passion for philanthropy and development once again work with our nonprofit partners,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, president and CEO of Piper Trust. “The partnership with ASU Lodestar brings a powerful combination of professional webinars and direct help from consultants.”

The second year of Fundraising Capacity Building was launched Oct. 26 at a symposium of the Piper Academy, featuring Grace as a keynote speaker, who is renowned in the field of philanthropy and nonprofit organizational behavior.

“It is vitally important to the success of this project that the Piper Trust engage with a credible and respected local partner,” said Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in the School of Community Resources and Development. “By investing in the ASU Lodestar Center they have identified us as a leading capacity building enterprise, one that understands the challenges and opportunities associated with nonprofit leadership and management generally and fundraising capacity building specifically,” Ashcraft added.

The program is anticipated to run January 2010 – September 2010, and includes both in-person convenings and interactive Web-based curriculum sessions that are customized to the organizations’ needs. Additionally, participating nonprofits are provided the services of a local “on-call” consultant to support the development of a new fundraising plan. Proposed topics for the sessions include:

• Mission, vision and values

• Case development

• Board leadership development

• Staff leadership development

• Prospect identification and development including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship

• Planning for development (and/or strategic planning)

Participating organizations include:

• Area Agency on Aging - DOVES

• Arizona Humanities Council

• Arizona Opera

• Best Buddies

• Civitan Foundation

• College Depot - City of Phoenix

• Duet: Partners in Health & Aging

• Experience Matters

• Foundation for Blind Children

• Franciscan Renewal Center

• Good Samaritan Society-Mesa Good Shepherd

• Homeward Bound

• Mesa United Way

• New Global Citizens

• Ryan House

• Save the Family

• Southwest Shakespeare

• Valle del Sol

Organizations had be a current or previous grantee of the Piper Trust to apply.

The mission of Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. As part of the College of Public Programs and in partnership with the School of Community Resources and Development, the center provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity-building programs. For more information, visit

A private foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is dedicated to honoring Virginia Galvin Piper’s philanthropic commitment to changing lives and strengthening community in Maricopa County. By investing in nonprofits and encouraging strategic planning for the future, Piper Trust strives to make Maricopa County a stronger, more nurturing and vibrant community. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $250 million in local nonprofits and programs. The Trust reported total grants paid of $23.8 million in fiscal year 2009. Piper Trust focuses on healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. For more information, visit