Nonprofit volunteer placement organizations often lack adequate infrastructure to maximize effectiveness. Lodestar has made several strategic grants to build capacity in these organizations. Make-A-Difference, which through merger and name-change, is now HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a part of a national network which is a division of the Points of Light Institute, recruits and coordinates the placement of corporate leaders and other corporate employees as volunteers for a variety of Phoenix-area nonprofits. Lodestar provided general operating support and provided a grant to enable HandsOn to acquire proprietary volunteer coordination software ($207,000). Separately, Lodestar has also provided the sole support for several volunteer center activities around Arizona, such as providing seed money to start a volunteer center in Pinal County ($72,000) and providing funds for a proposed satellite volunteer center in Pima County ($17,500).
Grant Amount: $296,500
Year Granted: 2009
Timeframe: Grant awarded over multiple years
Grantee: HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Location: AZ - Arizona
Grantee Website: HandsOn Greater Phoenix