The EastWest Institute (EWI) is an independent, non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to reduce international conflict, addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten world security and stability. EWI is a global network of over 1,000 public and private sector experts with a 35-year track record of providing thought leadership, strategic counsel and unique perspectives to governments, the private sector and other stakeholders worldwide. EWI brings conflicting parties to the negotiating table, often for the first time, enabling dialogue and trust building. Lodestar has provided multiple grants to support the continuing work of EWI.
In 2016, Lodestar initiated the Lodestar Single Parent Scholarship to facilitate the ability of single parents with limited financial resources to attend an Arizona public institution of higher learning on a full-time basis (taking at least 27 credits per calendar year) for the purpose of completing an education that will provide them with a readily employable profession. The fund was established exclusively for the purpose of supporting single-parent living expenses (such as rent and child care) while attending school, and may not be used to support any academic expenses. In its inaugural year, three recipients are beneficiaries of Lodestar scholarships after completing a competitive application process managed by the Arizona Community Foundation.
The Global Leadership Foundation exists to make available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It does so through its network of members - former Presidents, Prime Ministers, senior government ministers and other distinguished leaders, drawn together by a desire to give something back to the world. Working in small teams, in their personal capacity, Members offer private and confidential advice to heads of government on any issues of concern to them. Jerry Hirsch serves on the International Board of the foundation and Lodestar has supported its activities.
The Forum 2000 Foundation pursues the legacy of Vaclav Havel by supporting the values of democracy and respect for human rights, assisting the development of civil society, and encouraging religious, cultural and ethnic tolerance. Founded in 1996 as a joint initiative of President Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Forum 2000 provides a platform for global leaders, as well as thinkers and courageous individuals from every field of endeavor, to openly debate and share these critical issues. Lodestar has provided a number of grants to support the work of the organization.
Believing that the widespread and ever-growing use of litigation has fostered a breakdown of civility in our business and personal lives, Jerry Hirsch began investing in mediation as an alternate way of resolving disputes long before formation of The Lodestar Foundation. We have continued and expanded that investment, which started with support of a mediation clinic at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). The clinic, which has grown into the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center, encompasses training both lawyers and non-lawyers in various forms of dispute resolution, performing scholarly research in the field, and providing mediation services in various forums.
Some of the innovative projects initiated by the program include developing a handbook for use by dormitory advisors to resolve disputes among dorm students, instructing junior high school students on alternative dispute resolution techniques, and having dispute resolution students serve as mediators in actual small claims complaints filed in the City of Tempe Justice Court, where an average of more than 60 percent of such disputes are being settled by these student mediators. Recently, the program entered into a relationship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Arizona, conducting mediations that so far have resulted in a 62.5% settlement rate.
Our dispute resolution partnership with ASU has been in place for more than fifteen years. In 2005, the law school received the inaugural Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Alternative Dispute Resolution Education Award for its development of innovative curriculum, research and service in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Program students have won the ABA National Representation in Mediation Competition twice (in 2006 and in 2012), the first time that a school has done so--and the first time that the winning coach was a former national champion competitor.
ASU Law School is #25 on the 2017 U.S. News rankings of top law schools
ASU Dispute Resolution Program is #10 on the 2017 U.S. News rankings of Best Dispute Resolution Programs
The U.S./Middle East Project was established in 1994 by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In 2006, the U.S./Middle East Project became an independent policy institute. Its mission is to provide nonpartisan analysis of the Middle East peace process and to present policymakers in the United States, region and in the larger international community with balanced policy analysis and policy options to prevent conflict and promote stability, democracy, modernization and economic development throughout the region. The U.S./Middle East Project pursues these goals under the guidance of an International Board, comprised of eminent personalities with extensive experience in government and in the private sector, in dealing with the political, economic and social aspects of this critical and troubled region. The U.S./Middle East Project pursues its mission through a range of activities that include studies, periodicals and publications, conferences, consultations with heads of states in the region and collaboration with a wide range of international agencies pursuing similar goals. Jerry Hirsch currently serves on the board of the organization. The Lodestar Jewish Donor Advised Fund has provided multiple grants to support the ongoing work of the organization.