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Executive Director & Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4120
Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4120
Center Director and Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4120
Biography

Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU), the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD) and an affiliate faculty member of ASU’s School of Public Affairs. In 2017 he was named the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise, the first named professor in the history of SCRD, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, in recognition of outstanding contributions to ASU’s values and commitment to social purpose enshrined in the University Charter; awarded through the ASU Provost’s Eminent Scholar fund for Endowed Chairs/Professors.

Founded in 1999, the ASU Lodestar Center has emerged as a global leader in advancing effective philanthropic and nonprofit practice as a distinctive community development strategy. Through research, education, technical assistance and convenings, the Center advances nonprofit leaders and philanthropists to solve problems, to realize a community’s highest aspirations and to accelerate social impact. As the Center’s founding executive director, Dr. Ashcraft has a global reputation for his pioneering work to advance the understanding of and effective practice for leaders of nonprofit/philanthropic organizations. Under his leadership, the ASU Lodestar Center is considered one of the world’s leading nonprofit academic centers, renowned for its research, education, leadership programs, technical assistance and conference activities, helping to build the capacity of the social sector for those who lead, manage and support nonprofits.

Dr. Ashcraft teaches courses in nonprofit management and philanthropy, along with the capstone course for students in ASU’s graduate degree program. His research interests have resulted in numerous publications on topics such as nonprofit and social entrepreneurship education models, collaboration strategies and volunteer management. His efforts have resulted in successfully securing more than $40 million in external resources from individuals, foundations and corporate and government entities that, along with earned income strategies through an enterprise model, have bolstered the range of nonprofit and philanthropic programs at ASU.

Dr. Ashcraft has also served since 1984 as executive director of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASU (formerly American Humanics), a flagship program that recruits, educates and inspires undergraduate students across disciplines for nonprofit service careers. His leadership brought about the nation’s first undergraduate degree in the field of nonprofit leadership and management. In prior nonprofit professional service, Dr. Ashcraft worked as a director of volunteers, director of youth and community services, manager of human resources and executive director.

In 2012 Dr. Ashcraft was named one of the most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector by the Nonprofit Times as a member of its “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Dr. Ashcraft is immediate past Chair of the bi-national Board of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (San Diego, CA). Additionally his current board leadership roles includes serving Public Allies (Milwaukee, WI), the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (Kansas City, MO), the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (Cleveland, OH), (where he serves as a former President of the board) and the National Association of Park Foundations. In addition to service on a number of scholarly editorial advisory boards, his professional memberships include the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the International Society of Third Sector Research and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, he has served as senior policy advisor to the American Red Cross’ National Office of Volunteers (Washington, D.C.) and as a member of several national boards, including: YMCA of the USA (Chicago, IL), past chair of the National Recreation and Park Association (Ashburn, VA), board member of the Sajai Foundation (Minneapolis, MN), and the Arizona Humanities Council (Phoenix, AZ). Dr. Ashcraft holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Arizona, an M.A in Education degree from Northern Arizona University, and he earned his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University.

Education
  • Ph.D. Arizona State University
  • M.A Education, Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor's degree. University of Arizona 
Publications
  • Ashcraft, R. F. The Nonprofit Academic Centers Council: Its Past and Future Promises. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, [S.1], v. 5, n. 1, Jan.2015 (2015).
  • Wang, L., Yoshioka, C.F. and Ashcraft R. F. What Affects Hispanic Volunteering in the United States: Comparing the Current Population Survey, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the AIM Giving and Volunteering Survey. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2013).
  • Ashcraft, R. F., and Stone, M. S. Introduction to the Special Issue: BenchMark 3.5 Conference on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies. Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2012).
  • Wang, Lili, and Ashcraft, R. F. Needs Assessment and Curriculum Mapping: Enhancing Management Skills of the Nonprofit Workforce. Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2012).
  • Guo, C., Brown, W., Ashcraft, R., Yoshioka, C. and Dong, H. Strategic Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations: An Empirical Study. Review of Public Personnel Administration (2011).
Research Activity
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Advancing Opportunity Expanding Impact Program (ASUF 30007230). ASUF(7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. American Express Leadership Academy FY 2017 (ASUF 30004658). ASUF(7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Rural Capacity Building 2016-2017 (ASUF 30004881). ASUF(4/1/2016 - 6/30/2017).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. American Express Leadership Academy FY 2016 (ASUF 30004658). ASUF(10/16/2015 - 10/15/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Rural Capacity Building - Year 2 (ASUF - 30004881). ASUF(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Advancing Opportunity Initiative (ASUF 30006496). ASUF(1/21/2015 - 6/30/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Rural Capacity Building (ASUF 30004881). ASUF(4/1/2014 - 1/31/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Rotational Leadership Program Evaluation. CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA(4/1/2013 - 11/30/2013).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Planning Statewide Collaboration Training Tech Assistance Coordination Substance Abuse Policy Children Violence Prevention Volunteerism - 2013. AZ GOVERNORS OFFICE-CHILDREN(1/1/2013 - 12/31/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Build Partnership Capacity with Nonprofit Orgnizations. USDA-FS(9/10/2012 - 9/6/2013).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Planning Statewide Collaboration Training Tech Assistance Coordination Substance Abuse Policy Children Violence Prevention Volunteerism - 2012. AZ GOVERNORS OFFICE-CHILDREN(1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Planning Statewide Collaboration, Training, Technical Assistance & Coordination Substance Abuse Policy, Children, Violence Prevention & Volunteerism. AZ GOVERNORS OFFICE-CHILDREN(6/1/2011 - 12/31/2011).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*, Ashcraft,Robert F*, Ashcraft,Robert F*. Public Allies 2010-2011. PUBLIC ALLIES(9/1/2010 - 8/31/2016).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Public Allies 2008 -2009. PUBLIC ALLIES(9/1/2008 - 8/31/2009).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Public Allies Arizona. PUBLIC ALLIES(9/1/2007 - 8/31/2009).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. ACF Capacity Building Support Project. AZ COMMUNITY FDN(4/16/2007 - 4/15/2009).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Public Allies Arizona. PUBLIC ALLIES(9/1/2006 - 11/30/2008).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Curricular Guidelines Project. NONPROFIT ACADEMIC CTR COUNCIL(6/6/2006 - 6/30/2009).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. AIM - Arizona - Indiana - Michigan Alliance. KELLOG FDN(1/1/2006 - 6/30/2012).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Assuring Participant Access for BenchMark 3 Convening. KELLOG FDN(10/1/2005 - 9/30/2009).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*, Ashcraft,Robert F*, Lewis Finnell,Patricia, Lewis Finnell,Patricia. Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership Organization. DOI-BLM(7/15/2005 - 3/31/2008).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Arizona Family Housing Fund Evaluation Project. AZ Family Housing Fund(9/1/2004 - 12/5/2005).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*, Ashcraft,Robert F*. Center for Non-Profit Leadership & Management. KELLOG FDN(12/1/2003 - 12/31/2010).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Philanthropy and Volunteerism Consulting Services for the Kellogg Foundation. KELLOG FDN(11/1/2003 - 9/30/2004).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. Agua Fria National Monument Technical Assistance. DOI-BLM(9/20/2003 - 9/30/2005).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. AMERICAN HUMANICS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 2002-2003. AMER HUMANICS, INC(8/1/2002 - 12/15/2002).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. BUILDING ON BRIDGES. CENTERPOINT(5/31/2002 - 3/31/2005).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*, Ashcraft,Robert F*. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PLANNING GRANT. KELLOG FDN(12/1/2001 - 10/31/2007).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. AMERICAN HUMANICS, INC NATIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. AMER HUMANICS, INC(10/1/2001 - 4/30/2002).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT EDUCATION: AN EXPLORATION INTO MULTI-FACTETED APPROACHES TO CURRICULA, STUDENT MARKETS AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS. CENTER POINT INSTITUTE(3/1/2000 - 12/31/2000).
  • Ashcraft,Robert F*. CENTER FOR NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. KELLOG FDN(11/1/1996 - 10/31/2004).
Fall 2019
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Spring 2019
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Fall 2018
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Summer 2018
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Spring 2018
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NLM 590Reading and Conference
NLM 595Continuing Registration
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Fall 2017
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Summer 2017
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NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Spring 2017
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NLM 590Reading and Conference
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Fall 2016
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NLM 492Honors Directed Study
NLM 493Honors Thesis
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Spring 2016
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NLM 499Individualized Instruction
NLM 590Reading and Conference
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Fall 2015
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NLM 492Honors Directed Study
NLM 493Honors Thesis
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar
Spring 2015
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NLM 499Individualized Instruction
NLM 590Reading and Conference
NLM 620Capstone: Integrative Seminar