Welcome to the last issue of ARNOVANews for 2016. This issue contains a letter from our incoming ARNOVA President, Mary Tschirhart; reflections and remarks from Thomasina Borkman, winner of this year's Distinguished Achievement Award; and a recap of this year's conference.
As the staff prepares for another successful year, we invite you to begin planning for the 2017 conference, "Strengthening Local Communities: The Role of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations" from November 16-18th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Have a happy new year!
Letter from the President
"I am honored to be serving as your new president. ARNOVA has benefited me greatly during my career and I am privileged to be joining the leadership team helping steward its future. As I begin my two-year term, I want to express my deep appreciation to Alan Abramson, ARNOVA’s past president, who has guided me through the leadership transition with the deep passion and dedication that exemplified his tenure."
Remarks from Thomasina Borkman, Recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award
"I am very honored and thrilled to accept this award from ARNOVA. ARNOVA has been my intellectual professional association for over 30 years! Thank you ARNOVA and George Mason University, my academic home for over 32 years. And, thank you Jeff Brudney for the thoughtful introduction. Jeff has been a ray of sunshine at ARNOVA conferences always having uplifting comments whenever I see him.
I turned 80 years old last month! From this vantage point looking back is easier then looking ahead. It gives me a chance to review my appreciation for ARNOVA and the wonderful people I’ve known over the years as well as to summarize changes I have witnessed about my own research on..."
"This year’s theme, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Government: Policy and Partnerships in an Era of Change, guided the spirit of our events and reminded us of the size, reach, and scope of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. These ideas were present in the opening plenary, where Rob Reich discussed how foundations can play an important discovery role in democracy, and the closing plenary with Tim Delaney, Stacy Palmer, and Geoff Plague, where Alan Abramson moderated a panel that examined November election results and what they mean for nonprofits and philanthropy in the years to come."
Strengthening Local Communities: The Role of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in place-based work on the part of nonprofits and the larger philanthropic community. This interest is partly the result of ongoing efforts—in the United States as well as around the globe—to devolve responsibility for addressing public needs to local communities. These changes have sparked a resurgence of scholarly interest in the roles that nonprofit and philanthropic organizations play in communities, including efforts to improve local economies, health and education systems, and environments, as well as the unintended consequences of such work.
Your philanthropy fuels innovation and supports members who are changing our world for the better.
Sections News: End of Year Updates & Conference Recap
Read the latest news from ARNOVA Sections
Governance Section News
The Governance Section of ARNOVA was very active during the recent annual ARNOVA Conference in Washington, DC. The section held two well-attended symposia, several paper panels and poster sessions, a ½ day workshop, and its annual business meeting and dinner.
The Pracademics Section would like to thank everyone who participated in the Pracademics track events at the Annual Conference, including the attendees at our networking dinner and our presenter, Brandolon Barnett, at the Pracademics Colloquium. The Pracademics section also co-hosted a special working group session in collaboration with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management at the conference, with the goal of developing new strategies to strengthen research-to-practice connections. We are looking forward to sharing more about the results of this session in spring 2017.
Teaching Section News
Teaching Section (TS) Events organized at the 2016 Conference:
1. Drs. Renee Irvin, Heather Carpenter, and Rick Hoefer conducted the Pre-Conference workshop “Big Data, Small Data, No Data.” The materials will be posted online soon.
2. The TS Colloquium “Teaching Students to Use Data in the Nonprofit Sector,” featuring Dr. Lester Salamon was very informative and well attended.
TIBS is pleased to announce the election of several new executive officers in 2016.
This year the Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section has launched the Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award for the best conference paper that promises to advance knowledge of theory, issues, and/or boundaries in nonprofit sector research. The award emphasizes the interplay between theory and practice, and was given for the first time at ARNOVA 2016.
The VALUES (VRAD) Section Dark Side Colloquium was held at the 2016 ARNOVA Conference. on Nov. 17. “Charity But NOT Charitable---Exorbitant Fundraising Costs-Expenses,” was organized/chaired by David Horton Smith (Boston College). The four presenters and their topics were:
(1) Jeff Aulgur, Ed.D., Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR: Questionable Executive Spending at the Wounded Warrior Project: Is the Board at Fault?
(2) Rachael Kennedy, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (and Betty Watts, Ph.D.): Revenue, Reputation, and Reverberations: The Intersection of Dark Side Actions and the Demise of an Overseas Charity
(3) Richard Steinberg, Ph.D., IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN: Fraud, Inefficiency, and Incompetence: What Counts as Evidence?
(4) Gary Grobman, Ph.D., Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA: Normative Ethics in Fundraising: A Response to Economic Theories
Presenters focused on perceived "exorbitant" fund-raising costs, using high profile case examples.
Member News & Updates
Read the latest news submissions by ARNOVA members
Publication of NEA Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health
Washington, DC—In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts is publishing a free, online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies. The guide is the latest in a series of resources from the Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development.
Kristin Goss and I are assembling a symposium for the journal Interest Groups & Advocacy on “foundations as interest groups.” We believe that scholars should begin to view foundations from a broader perspective, recognizing the important (but under-appreciated) role they play in shaping public policy. The symposium will have 5-6 articles of 7,500 words each.
Paper proposals are due to the editors by January 29th. Proposals should be 1-2 pages and contain detailed information on the status of the research (e.g., status of data collection, writing, etc.). We are particularly interested in projects where the data collection is finished or is close to completion. We also welcome proposals focused on foundations outside the US or in a comparative context.
Please write to me or Kristin and we will send you a more complete description of the symposium. We're happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to distribute this notice.
The Best Book Award selection committee for the Public and Nonprofit Division
of the Academy of Management is requesting nominations for the division's 2017
Best Book award.
As PNP Best Book Chair I’m pleased to invite you to submit nominations for the Best
Book Award Committee of the PNP Division of the Academy of Management. Books
nominated should have publications dates of 2014, 2015, or 2016. Read More
David King and Brad Fulton, both from Indiana University, were awarded a $104,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to design a national study of congregations and religious giving. With this funding, King and Fulton will work through the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to identify the best methods to collect data about giving to congregations. The study will seek to establish a new baseline for religious giving and will aim to increase the reliability of reporting trends in religious giving. Data from their study will provide a much needed update to the 30-year-old baseline currently used by Giving USA.
Social Enterprise for Sustainable Societies: Call for Papers
The EMES International Research Network, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Work, State and Society (CIRTES, Université catholique de Louvain) and the Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole on Social Enterprise (IAP-SOCENT), is pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on the theme "Social enterprise for sustainable societies", which will take place on July 3-6, 2017, at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
The first Masters degree in Philanthropic Studies outside of North America, has begun at the University of Kent in the UK. The first cohort of fifteen students (pictured on campus below) began their studies in September 2016. As it is a part-time, distance learning course to fit around professional commitments – with most working as fundraisers and charity leaders - they will graduate in Autumn 2018. The core text book for the programme is a new book, The Philanthropy Reader, co-edited by ARNOVA members, Michael Moody of Grand Valley State University, US and Beth Breeze, of the University of Kent.
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