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ASU Lodestar Center receives grant from Public Allies

Public Allies Arizona is engaging 43 active program participants this year, driving social change and impacting the community.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and Public Allies Arizona (PAAZ) received a grant from Public Allies National Office (PANO) in the amount of $531,050, which equates to 43 active PAAZ program participants this year. Public Allies Arizona, now in its eighth year at Arizona State University, is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places dedicated, service-minded individuals in paid 10-month apprenticeships throughout local nonprofit partner organizations. Allies are diverse and passionate individuals interested in social change and making a positive impact in their community.

In addition to the federal grant received, an additional $523,772 in local funding is contributed through PAAZ Partner Organizations – bringing the total contribution to $1,054,822. As one of the largest Public Allies sites in the county, the impact on the local Phoenix metropolitan-area community through such capacity-building programs such as Public Allies Arizona is profound.

“It is encouraging that our proven track record in recruiting, developing and deploying diverse leaders through our Public Allies Arizona program has resulted in this latest investment,” says Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, part of the College of Public Programs. “This is a strong validation that our university-based model of leadership development and social change can be a difference-maker for our many of our nonprofit partners who do vital community development work," he adds.

“Our partnership with Public Allies Arizona is vital to our integrated community healthcare initiative designed to build healthy communities. These passionate [Public] Allies help us to better serve those who are challenged with mental illness, addictions and complex chronic conditions,” says Tomás León, CEO for People Color Network (PCN). “By bringing diverse perspectives and new ideas, the Allies help us to improve the way PCN delivers healthcare and how we address health disparities in diverse communities. Simply put - the Allies are purpose-driven innovators and emerging leaders, and we are grateful for their contribution to our organization and community.”

Over $3.6 million in external grant dollars have been awarded to the ASU Lodestar Center in support of Public Allies Arizona since the program's launch in 2006.  When accounting for in-kind support as well as the funds contributed by the nonprofits to have an ally placed within their agencies, the total value of the program and impact to the community is over $1 million this year and more than $6.3 million over the past seven years.

For additional information regarding any of the ASU Lodestar Center’s programs, visit lodestar.asu.edu. If you have questions, please call 602.496.0500 or email nonprofit@asu.edu.

ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, please visit: lodestar.asu.edu.

Public Allies Arizona

Public Allies Arizona, now in the middle of its eighth year at Arizona State University, is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community. It identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership trainings, and team service projects. For more information, please visit: lodestar.asu.edu/leadership/publicalliesaz.

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