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Welcome to the Nonprofit Governance Section web page of the ARNOVA web site!


Our section facilitates thoughtful learning for the academic, consulting, management and volunteer communities that are involved in nonprofit governance, throughout the world.

With a great kick-off in 2015, we continue our momentum and will provide during the upcoming ARNOVA conference the opportunity to learn, discuss, meet, ponder, brainstorm, deliberate, understand, question and much more about the challenges of nonprofit governance.

Our ‘activity portfolio’ consists of annual colloquium sessions at the ARNOVA conference, where we bring speakers together on topics suggested by our own section members. As well, we continue our special post-conference session during which we generate a “deeper dive” into a selected area of governance research. Building on active and intense participation of our members we strive for useful session output, with the identification of cutting-edge research questions in the field, along with many practical action points. Furthermore, our conference section dinner continues each year to bring members together, to consolidate and initiate valuable relationships in our research community.

With the renewed online platform of ARNOVA, we continue to share information on other events, opportunities for exchange, special issues, call for paper or book chapters, etc.

As this section is the formalized product of earlier collaborations and voluntary initiatives at conferences, we continue to value collaboration in our future projects. As an example we think of the edited publication ‘New Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance’, by Chris Cornforth of the Open University in the UK and William Brown, of Texas A&M University, in association with Routledge. We have an affiliation with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and their Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Boards and Governance. This event is co-sponsored by our section, and it affords another important opportunity for our members to gather and talk about our work and interests in nonprofit governance. We continue to look for further opportunities, in the US and internationally, to engage with each other and partner organizations as we continue to broaden our network of board researchers and professionals.  We collaborate with other sections in ARNOVA to find cross-disciplinary topics and opportunities for discussion and exploration, in both conference sessions and in complementary sessions before and after the regular ARNOVA conference.

So, as you can see, the Governance Section of ARNOVA is an active community in which to participate.

For more information, our bylaws and section objectives have been posted below, to provide you with a sense of who we are and how we plan to operate. We hope that you will take a moment to consider this section membership, whether today or when you next renew your membership with ARNOVA.
Of course, if you have any questions about this or any other matters related to the development and programming of our section, please feel free to contact us.  We’re all pleased to share any information you need!

William Brown, Chair,
Texas A&M University,

Along with:
Melissa Stone, Vice Chair
University of Minnesota

Ruth Bernstein, Secretary,
University of Washington Tacoma, 

Jurgen Willems, Treasurer,
Universität Hamburg,
Fredrik Andersson, Member at Large
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


Annual dues for each section are $10.
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  Our Aim and Background:


The Governance Section welcomes members of ARNOVA who share an interest in nonprofit governance. We are a group of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering governance in and around nonprofit organizations and networks in the context of philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action. Our community provides a forum for networking, information and resource sharing, building both scholarly and practitioner capacity, as well as fostering and disseminating related research.


The objectives of the Governance Section are:

  • Support the development of research on nonprofit governance through a range of methodologies;
  • Encourage the study of nonprofit governance through a wide spectrum of levels of analysis and perspectives;
  • Actively disseminate this research at ARNOVA annual meetings, other conferences and meetings of governance interested scholars and practitioners, via publications such as academic journals that are both specialized and general and edited books with reputable publishers;
  • Pursue the transfer of this research to practice via a range of partnerships within the US and internationally;
  • Promote a climate of interest and collegiality in order to encourage collaborative and cross-disciplinary explorations of non-profit governance.


Members of the section will enjoy:

  • Regular communication of Section news and events through blogs, email and other social media.
  • An annual meeting and networking opportunities at the annual ARNOVA conference.
  • Involvement in the planning of and participation in Section events at the ARNOVA conference including the Section’s annual meeting and dinner.
  • Engagement with emerging scholars and new members of ARNOVA who share our interest in governance.

History of the Governance Section:

Originating as an interest group within ARNOVA in 2010, interested people met at ARNOVA and other locations such as HEC Montréal and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. As well, several panel sessions related to this field of governance were held during the annual ARNOVA conferences during this time. A survey of about 70 interested participants in this group provided a positive response by a majority to a call to form a section in spring of 2014. By-laws were presented to the ARNOVA Board of Directors in November 2014. The governance interest group was awarded section status on November 19, 2014.



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2016 ARNOVA Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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