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A Special Appeal from ARNOVA Member, Khaldoun AbouAssi

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 28, 2017




Dear members,


I am writing to request your support for ARNOVA through a tax-deductible contribution. Your contribution provides ARNOVA with the resources to support emerging scholars in the field and fund travel scholarships to the Annual Conference.

I am often asked: What does ARNOVA do? Since joining ARNOVA, it has been an important part of my professional life. I have attended the ARNOVA conference since 2008, and I have also had the privilege to publish in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the official journal of ARNOVA. I invite you to visit ARNOVA’s website to learn more about the wide range of awards, scholarships and professional development opportunities that ARNOVA offers to its members and leaders in nonprofit research and practice. That is what I did when I joined ARNOVA about a decade ago as a doctoral student. And believe me, ARNOVA is now offering far more opportunities, appealing to the diverse interests and needs of its members. This can only continue with your support.

Some would describe ARNOVA as a community of nonprofit scholars and practitioners. However, ARNOVA is not only a forum where we come to present our research and get feedback on our papers or ideas. I am committed to ARNOVA because of the scholarships and opportunities it provides, and also because of the relationships and friendships I have developed as a result of this engagement. It is that feeling of ‘belonging;’ ARNOVA feels like a second home, where I personally have found support, both on a professional and personal level.

We have come so far, but we have a long way to go. As ARNOVA embarks on a new strategic plan in which diversity and inclusion are front and center, we have a mission to continue to serve our current and future members, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and has a voice. Towards this end, ARNOVA launched a new initiative to host a group of undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to join our 2017 conference in Grand Rapids. We were fortunate to have this group of exceptional young scholars with us as much as they were excited about the opportunity. This initiative illustrates ARNOVA’s vision of building an inclusive association that can continue to build a pipeline of scholars for our field.

It is because I believe in, and I am committed to, that vision that I am writing to you now to join me in supporting ARNOVA. You can do that in two ways. First, you can volunteer. I have been volunteering for ARNOVA since I joined. I am honored to be serving our members on the Board of Directors. In addition, I chair the Committees on Diversity and Emerging Scholars Professional Development. I also previously served as a conference track chair and on the Theory, Issues and Boundaries Section’s executive committee. By volunteering my time, these roles are among the ways that I give back to ARNOVA.  I invite you to sign up to volunteer and take leadership of one of ARNOVA’s many initiatives. 

You can also donate. ARNOVA can do so much for its members. Not all of us come from programs or institutions that can provide the financial support needed to attend our conferences.  That is why ARNOVA has dramatically increased the number of scholarships and diversity scholars, and has funded professional development programs over the past four years—all through your support. This year, ARNOVA provided financial assistance or funded professional development programs for over 150 of our colleagues. This can only happen because of generous tax-deductible contributions by members like you.

I am committed to helping ARNOVA provide others the same opportunities that I benefited from, and that had a positive impact on my career and life. We are fortunate; let us work together to create similar fortunate opportunities for new and emerging scholars to be involved with ARNOVA and connect with us. Help them attend our conference, participate in our professional development programs, and, most importantly, further knowledge in our field. Let us work together to renew our commitment to diversity and inclusion through investing in the future of nonprofit studies, research, and practice.

If every member makes a donation - whether it’s $20 or $200 - we can do more. You may designate your gift to support specialized funds to help new scholars and members who need travel assistance, or you may simply donate to the general fund. Donations are tax-deductible and may be charged to your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card by going online at and clicking Donate. You may also donate by mailing a check to ARNOVA at 441 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

In the name of the many, I thank you.



Khaldoun AbouAssi

American University

P.S. To make your gift in honor or memory of someone, please indicate it in the ‘Donor Comments’ field online.

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