Pederson Group funds urban management fellowships

September 15, 2007

Citing an important need to provide support for graduate students with aspirations to enter local government, The Pederson Group, Inc. announced it will donate $25,000 for fellowships in the Marvin">">Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management in ASU's School of Public Affairs.

One of Arizona’s largest retail development companies, The Pederson Group has worked closely with a number of local municipalities during its 25 years in business “and recognizes the importance of attracting, training and preparing talented individuals to enter the public sector,” says Jim Pederson, founder and chairman of the Phoenix-based company. The Pederson Group specializes in upscale retail projects and has developed and remodeled more than 25 highly successful retail and mixed use projects in the greater Phoenix area, totaling more than five million square feet. Download Full Image

“On a personal note,” Pederson says, “I care deeply about programs such as this. My father was city manager of Casa Grande for 25 years, and as a young man I was intending to become a city manager. After finishing graduate school with a degree in public administration, I worked for the City of Phoenix for two years and had the privilege of getting to know Marvin Andrews."

"As city manager, Marvin was a master of bringing divergent groups together to accomplish objectives that were critical to Phoenix,” Pederson says. “He served as city manager for 13 years and established Phoenix as one of the country’s most efficiently-run cities. It is our hope that this contribution will provide an opportunity for innovative thinkers and visionary leaders to follow in his footsteps.”

The Marvin Andrews program, which was launched in fall 2006, is a competitive national fellowship which attracts some of the country’s most talented graduate students to the ASU School of Public Affairs master’s degree program in public administration.

“The three fellows we select annually are immersed in the latest issues facing urban development. The beauty of this program is that students work alongside seasoned practitioners on urban management and policy projects,” says Robert Denhardt, Ph.D. director of the ASU School of Public Affairs. “Thanks to The Pederson Group we can continue to expand this powerful leadership pipeline.”

Fellows earn half-time paid internships in various city government offices in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and are each mentored by a top government official. School of Public Affairs professors take an active role in the intellectual, professional and personal development of each fellow and help the students build leadership skills and professional networks.

Martin Vanacour, Ph.D., director of the Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management and professor of practice in the School of Public Affairs, says, “The Pederson Group’s generous donation will go a long way toward preparing a new generation of leaders skilled at shaping urban policy. We are grateful that Jim Pederson recognizes the value of higher education and the public sector’s need for dedicated professionals who honor the legacy of Marvin Andrews. Jim shares our School’s commitment to best practices in the management of urban areas.”

Yzaguirre earns Smithsonian Latino Center Legacy Award

September 4, 2007

ASU's Raul Yzaguirre, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the first-ever Smithsonian Latino Center Legacy Awards ceremony.

Yzaguirre, ASU presidential professor of practice and director of the ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights in the College of Public Programs was honored Sept. 5. The Legacy Awards were presented at ¡Smithsonian Con Sabor!, a black-tie fundraising gala for nearly 1,000 national Latino community leaders from all sectors. The dinner will be held at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. as part of the Latino Center’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Yzaguirre was recognized for his 30 years as president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization and a leading Hispanic “think tank” in Washington, D.C., and for his role as founder and director of the ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights. His legacy includes building NCLR from a regional advocacy group with 17 affiliates into an organization of more than 300 affiliates serving 41 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“Raul Yzaguirre’s influence on our nation is legendary. He is a national treasure. We congratulate him on this rare honor, and thank him for choosing ASU to continue his career,” said Debra Friedman, dean of the ASU College of Public Programs. “Our Center for Community Development and Civil Rights’ educational, asset-building and community development projects are thriving under his leadership.”

Throughout his life, Yzaguirre has fought for recognition of Latinos in all sectors of American society, particularly entertainment and culture. At the Smithsonian Institution, he chaired a task force calling for greater representation of Latinos in exhibitions, programs, collections and the Smithsonian’s work force. The task force eventually led to the establishment of the Smithsonian Latino Center in 1997.

Yzaguirre continues to be involved with various Hispanic organizations, serving on the Boards of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to name a few. Among his many honors and awards, he was the first Hispanic to receive a Rockefeller Public Service Award from Princeton University and also received the Order of the Aztec Eagle in 1993, the highest honor awarded by the Government of Mexico to citizens of another country.

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2007 Legacy Awards also recognized a number of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans making significant contributions to the arts, sciences and humanities in the United States. U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Ken Salazar will receive special recognition for demonstrating political leadership in advancing Latino culture and heritage.

Columba Bush, former First Lady of Florida, was the event’s Gala Chair and Ambassador Sarukhan of Mexico is Honorary Patron. President Felipe Calderón and First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico have been invited to participate as honorary hosts. In addition to Yzaguirre, 2007 Legacy Award honorees include:

Design: Enrique Norten and David Rodríguez

Visual Arts: Graciela Iturbide and Carmen Lomas Garza

Film: Arturo Ripstein and Moctesuma Esparza

Music: Los Tigres Del Norte

Arts Advocacy: Guadalupe Rivera Marín and Cheech Marin

Literature: Laura Esquivel and Luis Valdez

Humanities: Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Dana Gioia

Emerging Talent: Alejandro Monteverde and Eduardo Verástegui

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s 10th anniversary celebration also features the “Mexican Treasures of the Smithsonian” exhibition, which launched Sept. 5. The annual exhibition features a different Latin American country each year. A bilingual online component of the display will be available at Download Full Image

As">"> a founder of the Smithsonian Latino Center, Yzaguirre’s legacy includes ensuring that Latino contributions to arts, sciences and the humanities are highlighted through public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations.

ASU forum offers civil rights debate

August 26, 2007

The Arizona State University Center for Community Development & Civil Rights will host the third in its annual series of civil rights forums for ASU and the local community featuring prominent conservative author and columnist, Linda Chavez and Center founder and executive director, Raul Yzaguirre.

The forum includes two days of discussion, debate and question and answer sessions on contemporary civil rights and immigration in the United States, moderated by veteran journalist James E. Garcia. A session on Sept. 27 will be open to ASU students, faculty and staff only. The public is invited to a breakfast forum on Sept. 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, writes a syndicated column and is a political commentator for FOX News Channel. She was staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1983 to 1985 under President Ronald Reagan, and was a nominee for Labor Secretary for the Bush Administration. She is the author of the memoir, “An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal” (Basic Books 2002).

Her most recent book is “Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics” (Crown Books, 2004). She also wrote “Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation” (Basic Books 1991), which the Denver Post described as a book that "should explode the stereotypes about Hispanics that have clouded the minds of patronizing liberals and xenophobic conservatives alike."

In addition to his work as Center for Community Development and Civil Rights executive director, Yzaguirre is also ASU Professor of Practice in the College of Public Programs. He served for 30 years as president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Under his tenure, the organization became the largest national constituency-based Latino organization in the country and the leading Hispanic think tank in Washington. D.C.

His lifelong legacy of national civil rights advocacy includes being instrumental in extending civil rights laws; restoring benefits for legal immigrants after 1996 welfare reform; expanding Hispanic access to federal education programs; expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families; and molding the North American Free Trade Agreement to address the needs of Hispanic Americans.
The Center’s prior forums include a screening of the HBO film “Walkout” and discussion with Yzaguirre, actor-director Edward James Olmos and film producer Moctesuma Esparza and a lecture featuring Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League on the future of Latinos and African-Americans in the U.S. educational system and workforce.

For lecture details contact Leticia de la Vara, Program Manager, ASU Center for Community Development and Civil Rights at or (602) 496-0433 or see">">

Students earn Next Generation scholarships at ASU

August 24, 2007

Three ASU American Humanics students have been awarded Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders Program (NextGen) scholarships.

Aydaly Briones, Jamie Patton and Shannon Wagner each will receive $4,500 from NextGen as part of a multiyear Kellogg Foundation Grant to American Humanics Inc. to support students across the American Humanics campus affiliate network. The NextGen scholarships support costs associated with the students’ senior internships in nonprofits. Download Full Image

Briones, from San Luis, Ariz., is the former president of the American Humanics Student Association and is interning with the Yuma United Way.

Patton, from Mesa, Ariz., is the former campaign chair for the American Humanics Management Institute, which raised more than $42,000.

Patton is interested in women’s issues.

Wagner, from Tucson, Ariz., will serve an internship in India. She is a former American Humanics Student Association recruitment committee member.

“These scholarships take our students one step closer to fulfilling their goals of positively influencing the nonprofit sector,” says Stacey Vicario Freeman, American Humanics senior program coordinator. “I have no doubt their contributions will create real change for the communities they serve.”

Ryan Tang, one of four ASU American Humanics students funded earlier this year, has been hired in a full-time position at the Valley of the Sun YMCA headquarters in the development office. All told, in this inaugural year of the NextGen program, ASU American Humanics students have received $31,500 in new or external scholarship dollars in support of their efforts. Nonprofits at which NextGen awardees interned earlier this year contributed about $10,000 in matching funds, providing $41,500 in total funds for these emerging leaders.

“There is a looming leadership void in the nonprofit sector,” says Robert Ashcraft, director of the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management and a professor of nonprofit studies in the university’s School of Community Resources and Development. “It is encouraging that American Humanics Inc., through this W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant, created the NextGen scholarship program to identify promising ASU students who will fill that void. This is further validation of our role as the preferred provider of entry level nonprofit professionals through our nonprofit certificate and degree programs.”

Founded in 1980, ASU’s American Humanics program is part of the School of Community Resources and Development, in association with the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management. ASU is one of the leading programs in the nation, preparing future nonprofit professionals.

Students pursuing American Humanics certification complete various experiential requirements including participation in the student association, 18 credit hours of in-class coursework and a 12-credit-hour internship. For more information, visit the Web site">">

Phillips brings experience to new role

August 20, 2007

Rhonda Phillips, an expert on asset-based community and economic development, is taking the reins as director of ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development.

Phillips brings a combination of academic and practitioner perspectives as well as more than 20 years of experience with private, public and nonprofit organizations at the international, national, state and local levels to her new role. Phillips will also serve as professor in the school, part of the College of Public Programs. Download Full Image

Phillips’ most recent position was founding director of the Center for Building Better Communities at the University of Florida, an appointment she held concurrently with faculty appointments in the Urban and Regional Planning Department and the College of Design, Construction and Planning. In May, Phillips was named editor of Community Development Journal (Oxford University Press), the journal of the Community Development Society, which provides an international forum on community action, village, town and regional planning, community studies and rural development.

One of her specialties is developing community indicator measuring systems, which are used in urban planning internationally. As a 2006 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ulster, Phillips worked across sectors to design and apply a community development framework which gauged progress towards desired public policy outcomes in Northern Ireland. She has also recently been involved in projects focusing on alleviating poverty by incorporating technology-based economic development, and community-based planning that uses a sustainable and culture-based approach to development.

At ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, Phillips will oversee 15 faculty members involved in a diverse array of research and academic programs. The school is part of the College of Public Programs, which focuses broadly on improving the quality of life for communities, individuals and organizations. More than 600 students are enrolled in the school’s tourism development and management, parks and recreation management, nonprofit studies and therapeutic recreation programs. It also is home to the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and the new Megapolitan Tourism Research Center to be launched this fall.

“Rhonda is an ideal fit for the School of Community Resources and Development and the Downtown Phoenix campus,” says Debra Friedman, dean of the College of Public Programs. “She is a boundary-spanner who looks at communities and organizations through a multidimensional lens. Her expertise encompasses the complex elements of healthy, sustainable communities and global problem-solving, a tremendous asset for ASU, Phoenix and the entire region.”

Phillips and co-editor Robert Pittman’s “Community Development Handbook” was the first text of its kind adopted as the text for the Community Development Institute, a national training program for development practitioners at various universities across the United States. She is also co-editor of “Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases III,” focused on global communities that are using indicator systems for community and regional progress.

“Community development is a mindset,” Phillips says. “Instead of poverty reduction, we are learning to say ‘asset or wealth enhancement,’ which brings a whole new perspective to the solutions. We focus on the inherent assets of a community or organization versus the needs. We identify not only financial assets, but leadership, relationships, talents, natural resources and traditions that help our communities and organizations thrive.

“We will never be able to address all needs, but this approach helps identify and enhance underutilized resources and helps attracts new resources.”

Phillips has been the lead investigator on nearly 20 grants and has served as chair of the American Planning Association’s Economic Development Division. Her academic experience includes positions at the University of Ulster, the University of Florida, the University of Southern Mississippi, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

Phillips holds a doctorate in city and regional planning from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in economics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in economic development and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also earned dual professional certifications in economic development and urban and regional planning.

Svara sparks new Alliance

August 8, 2007

One of the world’s most respected experts in urban management, James Svara, will take the lead for ASU’s School of Public Affairs in an ambitious collaboration to improve local governments.

Svara, who joined the School of Public Affairs last year as professor and director of its Center for Urban Innovation, is renowned for academic research that provides practical solutions for public sector leaders working in city and county management. Download Full Image

“His books on urban government and council relations are legendary,” says Martin Vanacour, a professor of practice and director of the Marvin Andrews Fellowship Program. “Jim Svara is one of three or four top academics nationally who not only produces exceptional research in urban management and governance, but also works closely with local government officials and really understands what they do.”

The School of Public Affairs was selected to team up with two leading organizations dedicated to the cause of improving government: the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with 6,000 members, and the former Innovation Groups (IG), an information exchange for 360 governments across the country.

Svara is the ASU liaison to this new coalition, the Alliance for Innovation.

“The purpose of the alliance is to foster new approaches and practices in local governments by learning more about what practitioners are doing, but also by bringing in academic research to help identify solutions,” says Svara, who holds a doctorate in political science from Yale University.

Before joining the ASU faculty, Svara directed the public administration programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and North Carolina State University. As a featured speaker at meetings of government organizations in 12 states and five countries, he’s consulted with several states on charter revisions. A sampling of his most influential publications includes “A Survey of America’s City Councils: Two Decades of Continuity and Change” and “The Ethics Primer for Public Administrators in Government and Nonprofit Organizations.”

“We already play a major role in the development of the next generation of public leaders, particularly in the area of urban governments,” says Robert Denhardt, director of the School for Public Affairs. “Jim’s leadership through this alliance shines a national spotlight not just on ASU, but also on Phoenix, which is an ideal laboratory for local government research.”

In June, the IG announced its transformation into the Alliance for Innovation and moved its corporate headquarters from Florida to the Downtown Phoenix campus. The new offices are adjacent to the School of Public Affairs and are scheduled to open this month.
The close quarters should enhance the collaborative environment, Svara says.

“We won’t have to schedule a meeting to find out what each other is thinking and discovering. It’s very unusual to have that kind of ongoing exchange,” says Svara, acknowledging that he expects some creative tension. “The academic researchers may want to focus on more theoretical issues and information-gathering, whereas practitioners would like to have clear solutions right away. I think each will be informing and stretching the other as we go about it.”

In the next year, the school’s contribution to the alliance will be to develop a research agenda and to engage a network of relevant faculty members from around the country.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Svara says. “We’ll also be scanning academic journals and conference papers and a wide array of Web sites to bring this together to benefit members of the alliance.”

The effort also includes funding for research assistants, making the master of public administration and master of public policy programs more attractive to top potential students nationally.

“In the long run, I think we are as good as the private sector in coming up with innovative ideas and management techniques for local governments,” Vanacour says. “The bottom line is saving taxpayer dollars with improved management of public resources. The alliance is poised to be not just a think tank, but a ‘do tank,’ as well.”

For more information, visit the School of Public Affairs Web site">">

Immigration impact takes center stage

August 1, 2007

Government leaders and a vast array of public sector managers face decisions involving immigration every day. Hundreds of staffers and department chiefs grapple with legal, ethical, growth and diversity issues, as they strive for the best outcomes for their communities.

The practical implications of immigration legislation and other related public safety, social welfare and infrastructure issues will all be on the table Sept. 26-28, when ASU’s Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program plays host to “Immigration and the Public Sector: Your World is Changing – How do you Respond?” Download Full Image

More than 200 public officials, national immigration experts and academics from across the southwestern United States are expected to attend. State, city and regional agency directors, department heads, chief deputies and managers will join school superintendents, university officials, elected officials and senior staff who report to elected officials to share research, evidence-based practices, and insights into how the public sector can respond to the impacts of immigration and immigration policies.

Harold “Bud” Hodgkinson, director of the Center for Demographic Policy at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., will present the keynote address, titled “Framing the big-picture demographics of immigration in the Southwest.” His work has focused attention on the effects of population growth, poverty and diversity on the public sector.

Other conference speakers include Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard; Alfredo Gutierrez, principal, Tequida & Gutierrez; Richard De Uriarte, columnist, Arizona Republic; and Eliseo Medina, executive vice president, Service Employees International Union, to name a few.

“We are on the crest of immense societal change,” says Catherine Eden, director of the Bob Ramsey Executive Education Center. “This conference offers the deep dialogue about immigration and its implications that our civic leaders need to navigate. Regional leaders will also gain new expertise and networks to tap into as these critical national issues evolve in their own communities.”

The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 2535 W. Peoria Ave. in Phoenix. For conference details and registration, call (602) 496-1300 or visit the Web site

Frank Sackton to celebrate 95th birthday

July 26, 2007

Aug. 11 will be like any other day for Frank Sackton. He’ll have his breakfast, get in his brisk morning walk, read his two newspapers, and continue preparing for the ethics classes he will teach at ASU during the fall semester.

Almost as an afterthought, he will mark his 95th birthday that day. Download Full Image

Sackton, a sort of “Renaissance man” who has completed one whole U.S. Army career and served ASU and the state of Arizona in many capacities, will actually celebrate the big day on the following weekend with friends.

Sackton served in the military for 30 years, retiring as a lieutenant general in 1970. He and his wife, June, moved to Arizona, and since he was only 58, his friends tried to persuade him to go into banking.

He agreed to go to a luncheon hosted by First National Bank President Sherman Hazeltine, where a fortuitous meeting would occur: One of the luncheon guests was Arizona Gov. Jack Williams, who soon asked Sackton to be his special assistant for energy planning and economic development.

After three years with the governor, Sackton came to ASU to study for a master of public administration degree.

He earned his degree in 1976, then met another key person: ASU Pres. John Schwada, who offered him a visiting assistant professorship and resident lecturer position.

Ever since then, Sackton has answered ASU’s call for help in a variety of ways, serving as founding dean of the College of Public Programs, vice president for business affairs, athletic director, and finally, professor.

Though he is technically “retired,” Sackton teaches a class every semester at ASU – and this is the activity that stokes his intellectual engine.

“I teach an ethics class three days a week in the fall, and government and budgeting in the spring. That’s an eight-hour class on Saturdays,” he said.

Sackton’s office is at the Downtown Phoenix campus, and his classes are on the Tempe campus. He also regularly meets two doctoral students in Tempe to advise them on their dissertations.

The “disconnect” between office and classes doesn’t bother Sackton. He just hops in his sporty Cadillac and drives himself wherever he needs to go.

Sackton said his teaching methods have changed a great deal in the last 26 years. “I started, like most teachers, with the textbook reading and lectures. I’ve discarded that all now. I operationalize the material into a scenario and devise a case study. The students have to read the literature to solve the case study.”

Sackton divides his class into teams of three or four students each, and pits them against one another in a competition. “I do all my work months in advance, and I just listen in the classroom.”

Part of the homework in Sackton’s classes is reading the newspaper. Or, more precisely, two newspapers a day – and clipping articles that pertain to the subject they are studying.

“I recommend that my students read two newspapers a day, one being the Wall Street Journal,” he said. “Students are surprised at how much they learn by reading the newspaper.”

Sackton plans to keep on teaching as long as he gets good ratings from his students, and given his past record, that should continue to be the case.

The obvious question for a person who is about to reach 95 is “how do you get there?”

“Part of it is in the genes,” Sackton said. “My parents both lived to 99. And you have to take care of yourself and watch your diet.”

Sackton said he tried smoking for about a week when he was in the Army – when cigarettes were part of the daily rations for soldiers, but “it just didn’t take,” he said. “I found that I could trade the cigarettes for chocolate bars.”

He used to have cocktails before dinner, but when he was stationed in Turkey, he quit drinking out of deference to the Muslims. Now, he says, even a sip of wine gives him a buzz, so he abstains from alcohol.

Sackton’s wife died three years ago, but he finds solace in his “family” at Westminster Village in Scottsdale, where there is always something to do.

He enjoys fishing from time to time at Chaparral Lake in Scottsdale, and is active in St. Barnabas Episcopalian Church. Plus, he occasionally visits the Children’s Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea to cheer up the children who are ill.

Sometimes that encouragement requires a little more than words, however. “One little boy had some little cars, and he asked me if I’d race him,” Sackton recalled with a smile. “I said yes, and we sat on the floor and raced the cars.”

Online training for counselors of animal abusers

July 23, 2007

According to a study published last year, abusing animals is considered a manifestation of low empathy and a callous disregard for life, and it also could be an indicator of violence toward humans. Those who are caught abusing animals could face criminal charges – and, in a growing number of states, counseling and evaluation also are required for all persons convicted of animal cruelty.

ASU’s School of Social Work has teamed up with the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) to offer, beginning this fall, online professional education for the practitioners who deal with this type of deviant behavior. Anyone with a master’s degree in an area related to health and human services can enroll in a non-credit certificate program or an advanced certificate program. Professionals with a bachelor’s degree can take selected courses for continuing education credits. Download Full Image

The courses cover human-animal relationships, as well as assessment and treatment of animal abusers.

This unique cluster of courses addresses the growing demand for specific assessment and counseling for the individual who tortured animals, and also that individual’s parents and immediate family members. The courses will be taught by ASU’s Christina Risley-Curtiss, associate professor of social work, and Kenneth Shapiro, ASI’s founder and executive director.

Risley-Curtiss has more than 20 years of practice and management experience in public health and child welfare and conducts funded research on the animal-human bond and child welfare. Her course, “Animal-Human Connections,” earned a national award from the Humane Society of the United States, and she is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

“Since my early childhood on a farm in Connecticut, where my father and grandfather practiced veterinary medicine, I have been attuned to an ethic of compassion for animals,” Risley-Curtiss says.

While conducting a national research survey of social workers to assess their knowledge of their client’s relationships with animals, she identified a gap in practitioner knowledge that she continues to pursue with this new program.

“When an animal is harmed intentionally, this deviant behavior may point to child abuse, domestic abuse or elder abuse in the perpetrator’s immediate family and other serious behavioral problems,” she says. “First responders and professionals brought into these situations can be much more effective if they are armed with the knowledge and training we are offering.”

Shapiro, who is director of the Animals and Society Institute, earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is best known for helping develop AniCare, a national model for training professionals how to assess and treat animal cruelty, which is part of the advanced certificate requirements. He is founding editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies and co-founding co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

Each certificate program requires two courses out of the three offered, and the advanced certificate also requires completing the AniCare training program. Each course is $900. For more information, visit the Web site">">

Report helps nonprofits compete in small market

July 16, 2007

The ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) has released its 2007 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report for Maricopa County and Pima County nonprofit organizations. The report contains compensation data for 8,375 nonprofit employees across 82 nonprofit positions, findings on employee retirement, insurance, paid time off, and detailed salary and demographic information on executive directors.

This is the third publication in the nonprofit compensation research series conducted by CNLM. The center researches and reports on nonprofit compensation and benefits every three years, and this is the first year the study has included Pima County. Download Full Image

“Nonprofits need timely information to make informed decisions about employee compensation practices to be competitive in the race for human resource talent,” says Robert Ashcraft, director of CNLM and a professor of nonprofit studies. “Our study fills an important information gap that, when used to inform decisions, can inspire confidence among board members, donors and volunteers who benefit from the localized comparative data produced by ASU as a service to the region.”

The report is an accumulation of data reported by numerous nonprofit organizations on their key positions. The information is critical to nonprofit managers to remain competitive in an environment marked by a small pipeline of experienced practitioners.

“We are a smaller agency and don’t have the time and resources to easily do a comprehensive study of nonprofit salaries,” says Scott Blades, executive director of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN). “We want to stay competitive and attract the best candidates to serve on our staff, and knowing the industry standards for compensation – both salary and benefits – helps us to do that. We are grateful to the center for providing this important resource for nonprofits in Maricopa and Pima counties.”

The report also reveals interesting demographics within the sector. Similar to the for-profit sector, male chief executive officers make more money than females in all budget categories, with the notable exception of mid-size organizations. The gap is nearly 19 percent salary difference for male CEOs over female CEOs. Another wide gap revealed in the data is an average 14 percent salary difference for nonprofit employees in Maricopa County over those in Pima County.

The report is available to nonprofit organizations for $113, and $277 for all other organizations and individuals. A brief highlight of the report is available on the CNLM Web site">">

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