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Monday, September 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
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News From The Nonprofit Governance Section, ARNOVA

The governance section is so excited to present to you the details for the upcoming ARNOVA conference. We are hosting a colloquy, the Governance Section in-conference session, our 2nd post-conference symposium, and the governance section meeting followed by the ever popular dinner. In addition, we are seeking new members of the Governance Leadership team. Details on all of these events follow and a notice to “Save the Date” for the 2017 Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Governance.

**Please keep the post-conference session in mind as you make you conference travel arrangements, it is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 12:30-4:30.

Join us for the Governance Section in-conference session when we bring four interesting perspectives together to discuss, "A pluralistic perspective on nonprofit governance: How should context be taken into account?" The panel speakers and their topics are:

• Chris Cornforth (UK) will talk about the impact of changes in regulation and funding regimes. His focus will be on the English non-profit housing associations as a particular field of activity.
• Ola Segnestam Larsson (Sweden) will give his thought-provoking ideas in his presentation on: "Nonprofit governance in Sweden: Convergence, divergence, and hypocrisy?"
• Louise Coventry from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Ho Chi Minh University will give her insights, based on her extensive field research in Cambodia, on how indigenous understandings of governance create the context in which civil society governance practices succeed (or fail) , and eventually evolve to hybrid models of adjusted governance.
• Patrick Valeau (Réunion - France) will share his experience and research on nonprofit organization in Réunion were continuously a balance is searched between the dependency on public funding from France and the grassroots orientation of the African island with its own multi-cultural background.


The Governance Section Business Meeting and Dinner will be held Thursday, November 17. After our business meeting, dinner will be at the Monocle ( Because of the cost of dinner in DC, we will be asking our members to sign up in advance and pay a small fee. The majority of the costs will once again be covered by our sponsors: Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UKMC, BoardSource, and Texas A&M Nonprofit Program. Thank you sponsors! Pre-registration and payment is requested through the ARNOVA conference system.

Plan on Attending! The Governance Section’s Colloquium– “Governance Across the Sectors in a Turbulent Environment: What Can We Learn From the Health Care Field?” The colloquium’s focus on governance trends and challenges in the US health care policy field relates directly to the ARNOVA conference theme, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Government: Policy and Partnerships in an Era of Change. The colloquium’s emphasis on how critical field dynamics in health care, such as government policies, embodied in the Affordable Care Act, affect governance in similar and different ways across nonprofit, for-profit and public institutions as well as cross-sector partnerships, offers many opportunities for nonprofit governance scholars to expand their thinking about new research questions and approaches. Because the health care field includes institutions from all three sectors of our economy, increasingly includes complex partnerships and institutional arrangements to deliver systems of health care, and is profoundly influenced by government policies and regulations.

Overall, the purpose of the colloquium is to stimulate participants to think about new governance research questions and approaches that take into consideration, opportunities for policy-field specific as well as comparative, cross-sector work, especially in nonprofit fields where government policies, regulations, and partnerships play critically important roles. Our goal is to expand thinking about cross-sectorial dialogue and research opportunities in governance. More specifically, the colloquium will address the following kinds of questions: What do we know and what do we need to know about governance in the US health care system? What are similarities and differences in governance patterns and practical challenges across nonprofit, for-profit, and public health care entities and within partnership models of health care delivery? How have evolving government policies and regulations affected these patterns and challenges at national and local levels? Given such significant turbulence in the health care environment, how do we begin to understand what “high performing” boards actually are?


This session features a panel of recognized leaders in both nonprofit and health care governance followed by a facilitated, interactive session with participants. The panelists include:

• David Renz (University of Missouri-Kansas City) who begins with a general framework for thinking about governance that extends beyond typical conceptions of governance as related to board structures and characteristics;
• Cathleen Erwin (Auburn University) who will apply this framework specifically to health care;
• Carol Molinari (University of Baltimore), scholar of health administration, will share her health care governance research findings and approaches in such a complex field; and,
• Sam Friede (University of Pittsburgh), a former hospital administrator, who will provide a “boots on the ground” perspective as he discusses his work as a consultant to numerous hospital boards that are grappling turbulence and the new realities of healthcare.


The colloquium is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, from 9:45 to 11:15am, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (Everglade).

We have arranged for our 2nd Nonprofit Governance Post-Conference Symposium at ARNOVA. This year our topic is, “Hot Topics in Governance: Voices from the Field and Implications for Research”. It is co-sponsored and organized by ARNOVA’s Governance Section, BoardSource, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Thanks to a great planning committee, attendees are in for a real treat. We will begin with a debate scheduled between Vernetta Walker and Dave Renz about the Wounded Warrior Project! This will be followed by a conversation with Teresa Tomlinson, Board Chair from Sweet Briar College, via Skype that will update us on what has transpired since we analyzed this case last year at our 1st Post-conference symposium. Similar to last year, we’ll include case study discussions on several very interesting nonprofit governance challenges. The Symposium is scheduled from 12:30-4:30 on the Saturday of the conference. This should be great and considered a must attend event at ARNOVA! Pre-registration is requested through the ARNOVA conference system.

SAVE THE DATE! The 2017 Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Governance
April 27-28, 2017
Kansas City, MO

There is strong interest among researchers and practitioners alike to come together to engage in substantive and thoughtful dialogue about the ways that boards and governance of nonprofit and other civil society and public service organizations are evolving, adapting, growing, and performing. Please join the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2017 for its semi-annual conference on nonprofit boards and governance in April, 2017 in Kansas City. This conference creates a truly collegial space for engaged dialogue among academics and practitioners, and we invite researchers, scholars, consultants, executives, and other civil society leaders from across the globe to join us for this set of critical conversations.

More information, including a call for papers, will be made available in the fall of 2016.

Please note that opportunities for section members exist to participate in planning and leadership, please contact us if you are interested. Additionally, ideas and suggestions are always appreciated!

William Brown, Chair, Texas A&M University
Melissa Stone, Chair-Elect, University of Minnesota
Ruth Bernstein, Secretary, University of Washington Tacoma
Jurgen Willems, Treasurer, Universität Hamburg
Fredrik Andersson, Member-at-Large, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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