Dear ARNOVA Members:
As 2015 winds down, I recall with great satisfaction – which I hope you share – ARNOVA’s many terrific achievements over the past year. We had the largest conference ever in Chicago, with new kinds of sessions to meet the varied interests of members. Our membership stands at record levels, and our challenge for the future is to figure out how we can maintain and even strengthen our collegiality while we grow. We memorialized several distinguished nonprofit scholars and leaders – some of whom passed away much too young – but we also welcomed a wonderful new set of doctoral students, junior faculty, and other members to our ranks. We began a new initiative with an extraordinary group of West African scholars and nonprofit leaders to help them establish an ARNOVA-like organization in Africa, and collaborated with the group on successful meetings in Accra and Chicago. ARNOVA also chose a new president-elect, Mary Tschirhart, who I am pleased will succeed me after next year’s annual membership meeting.
In the new year, we look forward to holding our annual conference, in Washington, DC on November 17-19. Our focus will be on nonprofits and public policy, and, in addition to presentations of research, we plan to use the occasion to deepen our relationships with other nonprofit leadership organizations and with government officials who can benefit from our research and who we have much to learn from. In July, we will have a leadership change at our flagship journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, as the current editors – Jeff Brudney, Femida Handy, and Lucas Meijs – complete their excellent tenure, and the new team of Angela Bies, Chao Guo, and Susan Phillips begins its term. Importantly, ARNOVA will engage in a strategic planning process in 2016, and we look forward to getting input from many ARNOVA members and other stakeholders as we move ahead. We’ll also start planning for ARNOVA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2021.
As always, none of ARNOVA’s accomplishments would be possible without the amazing volunteer and financial support of huge numbers of members and the dedicated work of ARNOVA’s extraordinary staff led by Executive Director Shariq Siddiqui. I look forward to working with all in the year to come. In the meantime, I wish you the very best for the holiday season.
Alan Abramson, George Mason University