ARNOVA has hosted Symposiums on Public Policy on Nonprofits. We are grateful to the Bill and Melinda Gates, C. S. Mott and Kresge Foundations for their support to this important initiative. The Symposiums bring together scholars, practitioners and policy makers to develop a research agenda on the influence of public policy and nonprofits. Below are links to the reports to past Symposiums.
2010 Public Policy for Nonprofits
A Report on ARNOVA’s Symposium of October 2010
An examination of key questions and issues involving the public policy environment for nonprofits; and a conversation about the research needed to create better policies in order to shape and sustain more vital institutions to meet social needs and support civil society in the years to come.
2011 The Finances of Nonprofits and Public Policy
What Do We Need to Know – and Change – to Do Better?
A report from ARNOVA’s Symposium held in June 2011 with leading scholars, practice-leaders, policy makers and regulators who are experts on the nonprofit sector and public policy. The report describes the questions, discussions, and findings of their examination of the challenges now facing nonprofits in the realm of public policy, especially as they pertain to the financing of nonprofits presently and in the future. The report outlines an agenda for research needed to develop a better understanding these challenges and issues.
2013 ARNOVA Third Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits
State and Local Government Regulation of Nonprofits
This report echoes the importance placed on research in this area by scholars, nonprofit state coalition leaders and policymakers. It begins with a discussion of state regulation of nonprofits; identifies themes for research; and concludes with ideas for ensuring that the research gets done. Made possible by the Kresge Foundation.
2015 ARNOVA Fourth Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits
On Wednesday, May 13th ARNOVA held its Fourth Annual Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., made possible by the The Kresge Foundation.
The Symposium brought together policy makers and nonprofit academics, researchers, and practitioners to discuss key issues and opportunities in nonprofit policy. A complete report of the research briefs presented will be available for download on the ARNOVA website later this year.
Download Key Takeaways by Lewis Faulk and Mandi Stewart
Download Report by Rick Cohen
Nonprofit Policy Forum Special Issue
2016 Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits
For the fifth year in succession, the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is planning to convene a seminar to present cutting-edge research on public policy as it pertains to nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Each annual seminar has brought together researchers from the world of academia, think tanks, research centers, and nonprofit organizations representing practitioners. The 2016 Symposium will be held on Tuesday, November 15th in conjunction with the annual ARNOVA research conference to be held in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.