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ARNOVA’s 43rd Annual Conference – Record-breaking Attendance in Denver

Posted By ARNOVA, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ARNOVA’s 43rd Annual Conference – Record-breaking Attendance in Denver


The 2014 ARNOVA Conference was a great success! With record-breaking attendance and the highest number of sessions to date, the Grand Hyatt Conference Center in Denver, Colorado was a wonderful venue for members to network, share ideas and celebrate one another’s successes. We are grateful for such strong attendance, which afforded a rich and multi-faceted conference again this year.


Our theme was Evolving Sectoral Relationships: Global & Local Views.  Members presented 397 individual papers, 35 panel sessions, 31 colloquiums and 35 posters examining questions such as: What roles do globalization, demographic shifts, and the advent of information and communication technology play in the evolving relationships of the nonprofit and voluntary sector to the state and businesses? What are the exciting developments in theory and practice cross-nationally and how can they inform our understanding and actions in local contexts?  We enjoyed many dynamic panel discussions and colloquy sessions surrounding these topics.


New this year, five Common Interest Groups (CIGs) met to explore their areas of interest in depth. We welcomed the following CIGs:, Critical Perspectives, Early Scholars, Global Issues and Transnational Actors, Governance and Humanities. Members of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society CIG met informally also. We had some notable advances in technology this year. The introduction of the new and improved ARNOVA website has been well received. Over 250 conference attendees downloaded our Conference App onto their devices and found it helpful to navigate the venue and attend their chosen sessions. Many of you enjoyed our Selfie Stations.

As always, the Conference allowed for many opportunities where new and longtime members and colleagues could reconnect. We introduced our new ARNOVA Board President, Alan Abramson, and acknowledged the work of the outgoing President, Francie Ostrower. Our Awards Luncheon was a special time to honor the best-published work in our field by the presentation of awards for the best book, outstanding dissertation, articles, papers and research. Also honored was Joseph Galaskiewicz, who was given the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award. The luncheon, as well as many other sessions throughout the Conference, was made possible by our generous sponsors. A list of these supporters appears at the end of this article.



 Awards Luncheon held in the Imperial Ballroom





Joseph Galaskiewicz (Center), receiving the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award from Francie Ostrower (left) and Steve Smith (right)




Chao Guo (right) and Gregory Saxton (middle), receiving the Best Paper Award, from Kyu-Nahm Jun




 Gerhard Speckbacher, receiving the NVSQ Best Article Award, from Judith Saidel




 Woods Bowman, receiving the Best Reviewer Award, from Femida Handy




Thad Calabrese (right), receiving the Editor's Award for NML, from Duncan Neuhauser (left)




Catherine E. Herrold, receiving the Best Dissertation Award, from Khaldoun Abou Assi




Sarah Reckhow, receiving the Hodgkinson Prize, from Woods Bowman




Wendy Wong, receiving the Best Book Award, from Woods Bowman




Kathleen Gallagher (Center) and Matthew Ehlman, receiving the Best Poster Award, from Jasmine McGinnis Johnson(Left) and Wenjue Knutsen(right)



Jennifer Mosley, receiving the RGK/ARNOVA Presidents Prize, from David Springer



Next November 19-21, ARNOVA will meet in Chicago, Illinois at the Palmer House Hotel. The Conference Planning Committee has begun its work already. If members have suggestions for the program, they are invited to send those to the co-chairs for next year – Angela Bies and David Suarez.  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


THANK YOU to our Denver Sponsors

Baruch College, School of Public Affairs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Colorado Trust

Gulf Opinions Center for Polls and Statistics

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Kresge Foundation

The Lilly Endowment

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

Nonprofit Quarterly

Regis University

SAGE Publications

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

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