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The 49th Annual ARNOVA Conference was convened virtually for the first time given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the continued physical distancing orders and travel restrictions. Thought we love to see all ARNOVANs' faces in person every year, we were delighted to connect with the 719 registrants from all over the world thought our conference platform. We also were happy to welcome 215 first time attendees and interact with all of them across all our channels. The conference covered a wide scope of topics within philanthropy, through over 289 paper presentations, 35 poster presentations, 27 panels, 2 lightening research roundtables, and 27 colloquia.

2020 Conference Co-Chairs, Khaldoun AbouAssi and Lindsey McDougle
2020 Conference Co-Chairs, Khaldoun AbouAssi and Lindsey McDougle

The multifaceted nature of philanthropy, nonprofit, and the voluntary sector was illustrated throughout the diverse research, sessions and presentations at our Annual Conference this year. This year’s theme, "From Climate Change to Social Justice: How Citizens are Re-Shaping Nonprofits and Philanthropy in an Age of Disruption and Transition’’ invited us to reflect on the role and responsibility of citizens in organizing, mobilizing, and activating our time and skills in ways the best serve our collective interests in the fights for climate change and social justice. These ideas were explored deeper by Vanessa Nakate and Megan Ming Francis during the #ARNOVA20 opening plenary "Changing Roles in the Fight for Climate Change and Social Justice", moderated by Rhodri Davies.

Opening Plenary Streaming
Opening Plenary Streaming

Watch Facebook streaming here.

This virtual format was an exciting opportunity to innovate in the way we recognize the outstanding achievements of our members! We created the virtual Awards Hall at the conference platform to honor the 2020 Awards and Scholarships recipients. This hall was open for all registrants to explore and learn more about the awards recipients.

We also featured our Diversity Scholars and inclusion initiatives at the Diversity Hall, sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Public Administration. 


You can learn more about our initiative a donate to this fund here.

Outgoing Board Members, Angela Eikenberry

During the Membership Meeting on Friday, we honored our outgoing board president, Angela Eikenberry for her service.

These virtual spaces, as well as the many events and sessions throughout the conference, were made possible by a number of generous sponsors. Attendees had the option to go through the different booths of all our sponsors and exhibitors at the exhibit hall, sponsored by The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.


Premium Sponsors

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU

Diversity Hall Sponsor

School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Plenary Sponsor

Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy, The Bush School, Texas A&M University

Expo Hall Sponsor

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Gold Sponsor

Nonprofit Management Program, Columbia University

Silver Sponsor

Master of Public Administration, Brigham Young University


The Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program, Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

School of Public Affairs, American University

Bronze Sponsor

Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

Kent State University

School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University

Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, North Park University

School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark

SAGE Publishing

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

School of Public Policy, UMass Amherst

School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver


Conference Sponsor

University of San Diego

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