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A Special Appeal from ARNOVA Member, Jodi Benenson

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 28, 2017




Dear members,

This letter is different from other plea letters. This letter is the result of the combined authorship of the entire Early Scholars Section (ESS) leadership team. This is our chance to tell you the story of ESS and why you should give to ARNOVA.

ESS is in all ways an ARNOVA grassroots achievement. ESS began during the 2013 Diversity Scholars Program among a handful of Diversity Scholars who wanted to expand the support and insight they received from the dedicated faculty of ARNOVA’s membership to all early and emerging scholars. Beginning as a greatly supported Common Interest Group, ESS, with its broad definition of an early scholar, was approved by the ARNOVA Board in 2015. ARNOVA’s staff and leadership were supportive all throughout the process. It was because of their engagement with us as emerging scholars and their commitment to our future success that in the last two years, ESS has successfully built its program of support to emerging scholars within ARNOVA’s membership.

ESS’ role is unique to ARNOVA in that it is the landing pad for those new to the association and the incubator for future scholars to connect. ESS is where meaningful connections are made and careers can get started. One of the more popular and established programming events is the ESS webinar series. ESS provides two webinars a year free to all ARNOVA members on relevant topics brought forward by emerging scholars such as “How to be A Productive Early Scholar” and “Marketing Yourself: Multiple Perspectives on the Job Search.” Without ARNOVA, the topics we present would be costly through for-profit/consulting sources. ARNOVA’s staff and leadership continue to be enthusiastic champions of our work and have gone above and beyond to help us institutionalize this professional development program.

ESS also fosters connections through innovative events such as the ARNOVA conference ESS Buddy Program. For 2017, we paired scholars and more convention-savvy ESS members with new attendees. Each buddy received a gift card take their conference novice to coffee. We started the Buddy Program at conferences to ensure a warm welcome to new attendees, and that all emerging scholars can find people and groups with which to connect, thereby enhancing our research, careers, and social lives.

As our ESS Buddies and research attest, mentorship, networking, and positive experiences support the career aspirations of emerging scholars. ARNOVA takes the lead in investing in tomorrow’s leaders in nonprofit scholarship, and it is now time to invest in ARNOVA and its early scholars. Join the Early Scholars Section in supporting ARNOVA. Your donation is tax-deductible and can be made online at and clicking ‘Donate’.

Early scholars count on you to continue the future of vital nonprofit research, scholarship, and community. Every dollar, large or small, makes a difference.

With sincerest gratitude,

Jodi Benenson

Jodi Benenson, Chair of the ARNOVA Early Scholars Section, and The Early Scholars Section Leadership Team


Kate Albrecht, Vice Chair

Sara Neyer, Secretary

Maria Wathen, Treasurer

Mirae Kim, Member-At-Large

Jamie Levine Daniel, Member-At-Large

Robert Ressler, Member-At-Large

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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