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The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize

2016 Competition: Deadline October 15, 2016

ARNOVA is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Peter Dobkin Hall History Prize.

Peter Dobkin Hall, who died last April, was an active and long-time ARNOVA member, winner of the organization’s 2008 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and one of the most influential historians of the nonprofit sector of the last half-century. This $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will honor Hall’s memory by celebrating the published book that has made the most significant scholarly contribution to our understanding of the history of philanthropy. For purposes of the prize, “philanthropy” will be defined in broad ARNOVA terms to include the history of nonprofit organizations, civil society, and philanthropy.


The contribution need not be by a historian; scholars in other disciplines are encouraged to apply if their work advances our understanding of the history of philanthropy in one of the many global traditions. Each year, the competition will be open to works published in the three calendar years prior. This year’s competition, for instance, will be open to works published in 2014, 2015, and 2016.


The winner will be presented the award at this year’s ARNOVA conference, where he or she will be expected to give a paper based on the work at a panel that will also serve to highlight the state of historical inquiry into the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors (the conference attendance fee for the prize winner will be waived).


ARNOVA will accept nominations, including self-nominations, for the award through Oct. 15, 2016.


Please submit nominations below and mail five copies of the book(s) nominated to the address below:


441 West Michigan St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

ARNOVA is grateful to Good Ventures and Open Philanthropy for the initial grant to fund this award.



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