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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy, The Bush School, Texas A&M University
Expo Hall Sponsor
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Nonprofit Management Program, Columbia University
Master of Public Administration, Brigham Young University
The Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program, Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania
School of Public Affairs, American University
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
Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
School of Public Policy, UMass Amherst
School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
University of San Diego