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7th Annual ARNOVA-Asia Conference

The roles of Nonprofit Organizations for Sustainable Civil Society

July 7-8, 2023 ┃ Convened Virtually

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We are pleased to announce an open call for submissions to the 2023 ARNOVA Asia Conference, which will take place virtually from Japan on July 7-8, 2023. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Thursday, July 6th.

ARNOVA is a U.S.-based, international association that connects scholars, educators, and practice leaders to strengthen the field of nonprofit and philanthropic research to improve civil society and human life. ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms.



The 2023 ARNOVA Asia Conference theme is “The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations for Sustainable Civil Society” which looks into the challenges and exploring of nonprofit organizations to seek advanced collaborations with governments and corporations as well as gaining voluntary actions and philanthropy. In particular, we welcome empirical and theoretical studies addressing the following three broad issues: civic engagement, partnerships in public service delivery, and nonprofit sustainability in post-disaster recovery. In addition, we are experiencing new and difficult situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as more disasters striking and economies facing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). These changes facing the nonprofit field increase the need to expand our research paradigm and employ more inclusive strategies that comprehensively cover behaviors and organizations outside our traditional scope.

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We invite conference submissions from academic researchers, practitioners, and emerging scholars that address this conference theme. Topics to be discussed cover a wide range of issues related to nonprofit, charity, philanthropy, and social economy, including, but not limited to:

  • Giving & Volunteering
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Policy Advocacy and Civic Engagement
  • Nonprofit Governance and Management
  • Human and Financial Resource Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Collaborations & Partnerships within and across Sectors
  • Social Enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofit Innovation & Impact
  • New Technologies, Big Data, Digitalization, and Civil Society
  • Disaster Mitigation, Recovery, and Management
  • COVID-19 and Civil Society
  • Beyond Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Other Related Significant Topics

Important Dates

  • Deadline for proposal submission (no more than 500 words): March 31, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2023
  • Registration for presenters (to include the program): May 20, 2023
  • Program publication: June 1, 2023
  • Deadline for full paper: June 20, 2023
  • Pre-Conference Event: July 6, 2023
  • Conference: July 7-8, 2023

Host Organizations & Conveners

Yu ISHIDA, Professor, School of Project Design, Miyagi University
Aya OKADA, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University



We look forward to seeing you at 2023 ARNOVA Asia Conference.
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