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Honorees for The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 are selected from more than 200 nominations made by editorial staff of The NonProfit Times, its contributing editors and suggestions from former nominees – with an emphasis on ensuring that most disciplines within the sector have a representative.
“We are enormously proud of this richly-deserved recognition," said Jonathan Koppell, dean of ASU's College of Public Programs. "Under Robert Ashcraft’s leadership, the ASU Lodestar Center has emerged as the critical resource for nonprofit organizations in Arizona and beyond. As an intellectual leader in this arena and go-to resource for those seeking to improve the governance and impact of nonprofit organizations as instruments for social change, Robert exemplifies the values of Arizona State University.”
Honorees this year include Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Brian Gallagher, president & CEO of United Way Worldwide; Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies; Cecile Richards, president & CEO of Planned Parenthood of America; John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society; and Neil Nicoll, CEO of YMCA of the USA – among many others.
“Robert has established the ASU Lodestar Center as one of the premier nonprofit academic centers in the country," said Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, a national AmeriCorps program, and author of "Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up," as well as a member of the White House Council on Community Solutions. "He is one of our nation's top go-to sources of innovative thinking and leadership about how to build effective nonprofits for impact.”
The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation has been recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The center also enhances 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. Such programs and initiatives provide immediately usable, real-world skills that help nonprofit professionals continue to excel in an ever-changing environment.
“It is encouraging that our ASU Lodestar Center has gained national attention in our mission to build the capacity of the social sector for those who lead, manage and support nonprofits," said Ashcraft, the first individual to earn this award from Arizona in the history of The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50. "It is humbling to be honored in this way when the real credit goes to our team of faculty, staff, practitioners, philanthropists, students, alumni and other champions who advance our work. What a privilege it is every day to serve by advancing our center's vital mission,” he added.
All honorees will be recognized and celebrated for this achievement at the upcoming 15th Annual NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 Gala, Sept. 20, in Washington D.C.