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Remarks from Dwight Burlingame, co-recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award

Posted By ARNOVA, Friday, December 20, 2019

2019 ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

 

From the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Annual Conference Luncheon Plenary Session

November 21, 2019

 

 

Dwight Burlingame, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

 

I am honored and humbled by this distinguished Achievement Award from ARNOVA.  

It is especially meaningful to me because ARNOVA has been the primary professional organization in my life for the last 30 years.   It is indeed special to join the company of the past awardees of this award and to receive it at the same time as Susan Ostrander, (Congratulations Susan) who I first met in 1992 at the ARNOVA Research conference held at Yale University. It was a significant event since it was my first paper presented at an ARNOVA Conference. Thanks to the many ARNOVA colleagues and friends that have been part of the network that has helped me achieve whatever success I have obtained in this relatively new field of philanthropic, civil society, nonprofit, or voluntarists studies(As our Founder David Horton Smith named it). I would also like to acknowledge the support of my family and especially my wife, Audrey, of 52 years who is unable to be here today.  

 

             This award has prompted me to reflect on my intellectual and personal journey. After receiving my master’s in Library Science in 1967, I worked in various administrative and teaching positions over a period of 17 years in the library/learning resources field—with a 2- year Army service interruption. It was in the spring of 1984, when the President of Bowling Green State University called me into his office and asked me to take the position of Vice President for University Relations and head of the University Foundation. That changed my career path.   It was through that position and the discussion with donors about the role of philanthropy and their dreams that  led me 6 years latter  to accept Robert Payton’s offer to come to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and head up the academic and research programs at the Center.  It was a great opportunity to be actively engaged in working with faculty, staff and students in the development of a new field.

 

             One of my first duties was to educate myself about the history and practice of philanthropy and of voluntary organizations in the US and internationally.   The reading list was long and the participation with professional colleagues was foremost. Participation in the Research forum of Independent Sector in 1990 provided the first opportunity to meet Virginia Hodgkinson, Michael O’Neill, Dennis Young, Paul Schervish, Jon Van Till, and Elizabeth Boris among others which have become friends and mentors for the last thirty years. In 1991, I helped organize a meeting at the Center which helped in the establishment of ITSR. Another community of scholars and practitioners, many also members of ARNOVA, devoted to building our understanding of the “third sector” in the world community. Through connections made possible by ITSR and grants from various foundations—especially an Eastern European Initiative grant from Mott Foundation in 1993, my quest for understanding civil society and the role of philanthropy in it was firmly planted. From Europe (especially Giuliana Gemelli at the University of Bologna where we developed a Master in International Studies in Philanthropy(MISP) 2001-2010) to Latin America ( Especially with the support of the Kellogg Foundation in the Building Bridges project) to Japan, Korea and China and to the Middle East and Southern Africa, so many people to whom I am indebted.  

 

            Finally, I got to work with the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.  The group’s interest in building and expanding education and research in our field has been a core focus of my contributions. Working with colleagues on developing curricular guidelines for the field was particularly rewarding.

            Over the last 30 years at Indiana, I met many leaders in the field  but ARNOVA continues to provide the intellectual home for me and the opportunity to work with so many colleagues who believe in the importance of serving not only their individual academic interests but the importance of engaging with and service in community. Thanks especially to the many individuals here and to those who could not be here today that have been social innovators, advocates and critics as we work to create a just civil society for all. 

 

            Most of all I owe much to my colleagues current and past at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University now the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and its many donors which provided much needed resources for the Indiana experiment. First and foremost was Robert Payton, who hired me—followed by Warren Ilchman, Gene Tempel, Patrick Rooney, and our current dean Amir Pasic. Over the years I have had the pleasure to work with more than 100 faculty colleagues. For example , recently  I had the opportunity to sit down with  Lehn Benjamin, a faculty colleague at the School, and discuss her work where she reviewed much of the research published in three major journals in the field(NVSQ, Voluntas, and NM&L)  over the last decade.  I was struck with her finding that we have focused much of our work on the organizations, leaders, donors and volunteers but to a much lesser degree to the “front-line workers” who deliver our services and to the beneficiaries of our work. Perhaps if we understood better all the actors in our community, we would make even more progress as we work to achieve a greater just society for all.

 

            Perhaps most important for me has been the hundreds of students that I have had the privilege to teach and grow with as we have explored the role of philanthropy and civil society across the globe. Building new degree programs and nurturing research useful for practitioners in the field has made for an exciting and rewarding career. Along with the development of degree programs was the establishment in 1990 of a book series within the Indiana University Press on Philanthropic Studies with co-editor Robert Payton. In 1999 David Hammack joined with me as co-editor through 2018 when more than 50 scholarly works had been published. From l994-2000- I co-edited a practitioner series on New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising; and from 2004-2010 I had the privilege to be co-editor of NVSQ with my colleague and friend Wolfgang Bielefeld. Working with the authors and reading their works was truly a rewarding education. I mention  these editorships to convey my hope that many of you will seek to do “translational” type of work that reaches a wide and diverse audience, in addition to the “deep dive”  into a special area of  research that faculties often expect  for one to obtain the tenure card. Applied research is especially needed when we engage with diverse communities outside of the University to build a better civil society for all.

 

            When looking back over the last 30 years as prologue for the next generations of leaders in the field, I have faith that the ideals of justice and compassion will be revitalized in our communities. I find myself returning to reading Building Community by John W. Gardner published in l991 by INDEPENDENT SECTOR. He said: “Strong and resilient communities can stand between the individual and any government that tries to impose dictatorial solutions from the right or left.” (p.5) The urgency of our action seems ever more needed in today’s USA as well as many other countries around the globe. Philanthropy and nonprofit/voluntary organizations rightly understood are so important for that just society that we research and study as members of the community of ARNOVA.

 

            In a recent headline of the Chronicle of Philanthropy the question asked was “How can Philanthropy save our Democracy?” In the US context today, I wonder if perhaps the question might have been: “How can Philanthropy work with government and business to save our Democracy?” In correspondence with Judith Saidel, (another ARNOVA colleague) she rightly pointed out that civil society/philanthropy “will sometimes have to take the lead”. Are we ready to help civil society take the lead? I think so! As many past participants at ARNOVA know I love to express joy through music. Thus, on this occasion I leave you with the ARNOVA song that I wrote several years ago:  

 

 

             ARNOVA  (to the tune of Maria from “West Side Story”)

            The most beautiful org I ever                         ARNOVA  Say it loud

            Knew                                                                           and there’s music playing

            ARNOVA     ARNOVA                                                Say it soft

            ARNOVA                                                                    and its almost like thinking

            All the beautiful folks of the                            ARNOVA

            world in a single org                                        I’ll never stop saying

            ARNOVA     ARNOVA                                                ARNOVA 

            ARNOVA                                                                    (Repeat one)

 

            (Begin Repeat One)                                                   (Ending)

            ARNOVA                                                                    The most beautiful org I ever

            I just found an org named                                           knew.  ARNOVA

            ARNOVA

            Not just an acronym

            But a research synonym

            To me…….     ARNOVA

            Where would this sector be

            Without its inquiry------To see

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2018 ARNOVA Conference Recap

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Friday, December 20, 2019
Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2018

 

From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability

 

 See Special Session Recordings and ARNOVATalks Video Podcasts from the 2018 Conference

 

 

The 47th Annual ARNOVA Conference in Austin, Texas saw attendees from all over the world and was the first ARNOVA conference for 220 of our 870 attendees! The conference covered a wide scope of topics within philanthropy, through over 390 paper presentations, 45 poster presentations, 36 panels, and 41 colloquia.

 

2018 ARNOVA Conference Exhibitors 

 

The multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of philanthropy, nonprofit, and the voluntary sector was illustrated in the thorough research presented through all our sessions and presentations. However, at the heart of this year’s conference was its theme - From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability - which reminded us of the breadth and impact of philanthropic action and research. These ideas were explored deeper in both plenaries.

This year, we also celebrated 10 years of our Graduate Diversity Scholars program pioneered by Pier Rogers, Jennifer Wade-Berg, and Judy Weiseinger.

 

Board Member John Ronquillo with Pier Rogers and Jennifer Wade-Berg 

 

Following a day and a half of stimulating presentations and panels, attendees gathered for the 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon to recognize the accomplishments of the brilliant scholars and practitioners that we may call our colleagues and friends.

 

Friday Awards Ceremony Luncheon

 

At the ARNOVA awards luncheon, we honored our retiring board members, Alan Abramson and Dwight Burlingame, for their service, and we commended some of the finest published work in the field with awards praising books, dissertations, and NVSQ articles. 

 

2018 Award Recipients  |  Photos

 

This luncheon, as well as the many receptions and sessions throughout the conference, were made possible by a number of generous sponsors.

 

Institutional Host Sponsors

 

Bush School, Texas A&M University

Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University

OneStar Foundation

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, LBJ School, UT Austin

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Public Administration

University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Public Administration

Conference Sponsors

 

American University School of Public Affairs
Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College
College of Public Affairs , University of Baltimore
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington
Framelogic Audio Visual Services
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Intuitive Solutions, A Global People > ProfitSM Company
Islamic Relief USA
SAGE Publications
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University
Indianapolis
The Department of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington
The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs
University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Zakat Foundation of America

 

 

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Remarks from Susan Ostrander, co-recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award

Posted By Angie Franco, Friday, December 20, 2019
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

2019 ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

 

From the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Annual Conference Luncheon Plenary Session

November 21, 2019

 

 

Susan A. Ostrander, Professor Emerita, Sociology, Tufts University


For many years, I looked forward at our annual conferences to learning who among us would be honored with this most valued award. I am pleased beyond words to have been chosen, and especially delighted to share the award with Dwight Burlingame.


The occasion of the award sent me to my files to see what if anything I had saved from my long and active affiliation with ARNOVA. I was glad – and a little surprised-- to find several thick files of print notes and copies of e-mails and documents, one devoted to my 2007 to 2012 term on the ARNOVA board and a particularly large file on my several years of chairing the Diversity Committee from 2008 to 2011. I’m not certain, but I think that I first attended the annual conference in 1992 held at Yale University and attended almost every year for two decades until 2013. In more recent years, physical mobility issues that plague so many of us older people have made traveling too difficult and I have missed being with all of you.


Most of the twenty years I attended the ARNOVA conference I gave a paper based on my research and often, like many of you, I also organized a panel. I liked to include people (often people I did not know) who were doing research that I thought might help me challenge and advance my own thinking. As I got to know more people and as people knew me, I got asked to be on panels, be on the editorial board of NVSQ, co-edit a special issue, join and chair award committees and other kinds of committees, plus twice to become a member of the ARNOVA board. These are the sorts of activities that make up the life of a happily engaged scholar. ARNOVA made that possible and I am immensely grateful.


Why did I keep coming back to ARNOVA year after year? I found that I thrived and so did my work on the smaller more welcoming culture at ARNOVA that led to deeper and more personal relationships of colleagueship and genuine friendship. The combination of scholarly and practical attention from both academics and nonprofit professionals fed a sense of purpose in my research. The multi-disciplinary points of view offered new ways of thinking and relating. In a matter of special importance to me, the 2008 ARNOVA Strategic Plan gave high priority to ensuring more people of color at conferences and in organizational leadership positions. The membership soon voted the Diversity Committee as a permanent standing committee of the board. For all these reasons and more, ARNOVA became my intellectual home for some-20 years of my career.


The scholarship for which I am probably best known – the study of philanthropy-- began with my 1984 book Women of the Upper Class where I argued that the volunteer activities of this old wealth class of women, while doing some public good, contributed substantially to upholding the privilege and power of their own class. Based on in-depth interviews with these women, I showed how their philanthropy took a “noblesse oblige” form of “giving back” that justified (and thus helped to maintain) their enormous privilege; how their leadership on the boards of nonprofit social welfare organizations provided them a platform to keep these organizations, as they said, “private,” free from government influence, and as one woman put it, a bulwark against moving “too far to the left” through advocacy or other forms of social change work that might threaten class hierarchy. It is my impression that this kind of elite philanthropy that is rooted in high status exclusive class networks and marked by old wealth family tradition is less dominant today. This is largely because, as others have shown, an influx of new money and those who had it proved necessary to sustain the whole range of nongovernmental organizations that depend on philanthropic dollars.


My initial study of upper class elite philanthropy had captured my interest in philanthropy more generally, so I was delighted when Jon Van Til invited me to join a group of scholars charged with putting together a volume on what was to be a definitive conceptualization of philanthropy. Fellow sociologist Paul Schervish and I co-authored a chapter theorizing philanthropy as a social relationship between donor and recipient calling it a social relations theory of philanthropy. I was most interested in how philanthropy conceived in this way calls upon donors and recipients to engage together in commonly identified and jointly created projects of shared interest. I see this as an alternative to philanthropy where donors give money in accordance with their own interests without the involvement of recipient groups. Critics as far back as Jane Addams (1902) have seen that kind of donor centered and donor driven philanthropy, as I do, as in fundamental contradiction with a democratic society. I was deeply gratified that our 1990 conceptualization of philanthropy as a social relationship between donors and recipients, published in Van Til’s edited volume Critical Issues in American Philanthropy, received at the time a good bit of attention and praise.


Following on this line of thought, I began to search for empirical examples of philanthropy where recipients played an important role in deciding how and where philanthropic dollars were put to work serving recipient needs and interests. This led me to a small social change foundation in Boston called Haymarket People’s Fund which made (and still makes) grants to grassroots social justice organizing groups for what they called “Change Not Charity.” I spent three years doing intensive field research there. My 1995 book Money for Change: Social Movement Philanthropy at Haymarket People’s Fund showed how Haymarket explicitly challenges class privilege and power by turning over the decisions of how grant dollars are spent to allocation committees made up of people drawn from the kind of recipient groups this foundation supports. Those groups are composed largely of people of color, low income people and other marginalized populations. I argued that this way of doing philanthropy transforms the typical social relations of philanthropy where grant decisions are made solely by members of the donor class and, at times, by philanthropy professionals who serve them.


The Haymarket model illustrates one end of a continuum of donor vs. recipient power relations, and over the next few years, I (and other co-authors) wrote about other empirical examples of philanthropy where grantee groups exercised at least some measure of agency over the use of
philanthropic dollars that came from donors (whether individuals or foundations). It seemed clear that philanthropy that served and was led by donor interests and concerns was by no means inevitable and was certainly not necessary to sustain philanthropy as a viable social institution.


At the same time, as the 1990’s progressed, it also became clear that the dominant thought and practice of philanthropy had moved in the opposite direction from a notion of philanthropy as a social relationship between donors and recipients. As I argued in a 2007 article (“The Growth of Donor Control: Revisiting the Social Relations of Philanthropy,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly) philanthropy has instead become more and more donor centered, donor driven, and donor controlled. Professional fundraisers are counseled to put donor preferences and passions at the forefront of appeals for money. Charitable gifts are called “investments” and donors are urged to expect a ROI (return on investment). Recipient groups seem to be offered little choice but to cater to what donors want. In an effort to counter this trend, philanthropic reform groups, including some that include the voices of more democratically minded donors, urge donors not to designate specific uses of their gifts. Donors and donor organizations are encouraged instead to direct their gifts to general operating funds that leave decisions of how to use resources to staff and others close to recipient needs and interest. While I have not studied how successful these calls for reform have been, I am pleased to see what seems to be a growing sentiment for placing limits on the huge growth of what are called donor advised funds, and I am gratified by recent calls (such as that by Cynthia Gibson) for “participatory grantmaking” where constituents (grantees) play a role in grant decisions just as I had argued for earlier.


In recent years I have turned away from the study of philanthropy, though I’ve continued my interest in nonprofit and voluntary activity, publishing widely about civic engagement in the university and in urban communities. In addition to doing my research and writing, I was an active leading participant in my university’s civic engagement efforts before I retired; and I continue to be active in my community serving on the board of an immigrant advocacy organization and chairing the fundraising committee.


My most recent book Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City (2013) is based on four years of ethnographic research in the city of Somerville adjacent to Boston. There I explored the role of immigrants in civic and political life and of community voluntary associations in local politics and government. Based on what I saw in Somerville, I argued for a concept of shared governance where elected officials and engaged community members, through associations, negotiate and adapt to each other’s points of view in constructing local policy. I show how this shared governance requires a concept of social citizenship that goes beyond legal citizenship to encompass full community membership by all and a sense of belonging and recognition by members for one another.


Thank you so much to the leadership and membership of ARNOVA for this esteemed award and for this opportunity to tell some of the story of my involvement with ARNOVA and my path as an engaged scholar. Warmest good wishes to all!

 

 

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2019 ARNOVA Conference Recap

Posted By ARNOVA Staff, Friday, December 20, 2019
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2019

Nonprofits and Philanthropy in a Polarized World:

Speaking Truth to Power and Using Power to Speak Truth

 

The 48th Annual ARNOVA Conference in San Diego, California saw attendees from all over the world and was the first ARNOVA conference for 300 of our 851 attendees! The conference covered a wide scope of topics within philanthropy, through over 354 paper presentations, 45 poster presentations, 47 panels, 3 lightening research roundtables, and 44 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, ‘’Nonprofits and Philanthropy in a Polarized World: Speaking Truth to Power and Using Power to Speak Truth’’ reminded us of the breadth and impact of philanthropic action and research. These ideas were explored deeper in the opening plenary. 
 Following a day and a half of engaging presentations and panels, our members came together for the 2019 Annual Awards Luncheon to recognize the accomplishments of their colleagues and friends.


  

Friday Awards Ceremony Luncheon

 


 

At the ARNOVA awards luncheon, we honored our outgoing board members, John Ronquillo, Mary Tschirhart, and David Suarez for their service, and we thanked our wonderful previous Executive Director, Shariq Siddiqui.

Angela Eikenberry with the outgoing Board Members Mary Tschirhart, David Suarez and John Ronquillo

 

 


Angela Eikenberry with Shariq Siddiqui

 

2019 Award Recipients  |  Photos

 


 

This luncheon, as well as the many receptions and sessions throughout the conference, were made possible by a number of generous sponsors.

 

Institutional Host Sponsors

University of San Diego

Bush School, Texas A&M University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University

USC Price, Sol Price School of Public Policy

 

Conference Sponsors


American University School of Public Affairs

Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management

Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University

BYU Romney Institute of Public Service & Ethics

Charity Navigator

Charles Stuart Mott Foundation

Evans School of Public Policy & Governance University of Washington

The Ford Foundation

George Washington Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Inclusive America Project

Intuitive Solutions

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Kent State University

The Kresge Foundation

The Lilly Endowment

Mohammed and Abdullah Ibrahim Al Subaie Charity Foundation

NVOLV

 

Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs IUPUI

Pepperdine University

Portland State University Department of Public Administration

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin

SAGE Publications

Seattle University

Seton Hall University Masters of Public Administration

University of Central Florida School of Public Administration

University of Maryland Do Good Institute

University of North Texas Department of Public Administration

University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

University of San Diego

UNO School of Public Administration

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

 

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The professional headshots taken during the conference are now available here!

 

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Remarks from Evelyn Brody, Recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
     

2018 ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award

 

From the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Annual Conference Luncheon Plenary Session

November 15, 2018

 

Thank you so much, Dana [Brakman Reiser], for your gracious introduction and recitation of my contributions to the field of nonprofit studies.

I still haven’t gotten over the news that ARNOVA is granting me this prestigious award – but I had no idea until ARNOVA published the conference schedule that many of my colleagues organized panels reviewing my scholarship and other activities in helping build the field of nonprofit law.  As I contemplated the out-of-body experience I’m having here, it came home to me the truth of the sentiment that no accomplish is singular – that we collectively inform and inspire each other’s work.  I simply cannot imagine my professional career without my membership in ARNOVA.  Because I literally “could not have done it without you,” I gratefully accept this award from ARNOVA as a tribute to ARNOVA.

I joined a law school faculty in 1992 after practicing law and serving as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department.  So at the start I very much considered myself a pracademic.  I quickly appreciated that I was catching the wave of an emerging academic field, combining multiple strands of law and multiple disciplines beyond law.  I sought out the precious few nonprofit-law experts in the legal academy – Harvey Dale, John Simon, Joel Fleishman, Henry Hansmann, Marion Fremont-Smith, and Laura Chisolm – and am grateful for their mentorship.

But I quickly realized that nonprofit law does not exist in an academic vacuum, and, honestly, dumb luck blessed much of my early scholarly development.  Most fortuitously, the Program on Non-Profit Organizations at Yale University had recently published the groundbreaking multidisciplinary nonprofit scholarship volume The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook.  As a non-PhD, I taught myself the state-of-the-art scholarship in each of the component fields by reading every chapter and every article cited in every chapter.

And then I found ARNOVA.  At my first conference, in NYC in 1994, I felt like I’d entered Aladdin’s Cave – so many glittering jewels!  So many eminent scholars, in a profusion of academic disciplines, all doing foundational research in enhancing our understanding of nonprofit organizations and their stakeholders.  Professionally, I felt that I’d finally come home.  This year would be my 25th consecutive ARNOVA conference, except I missed 2014, when my mother-in-law died two days prior.  I’ve been delighted to give back to the Association, including having the honor of being elected to two terms on the ARNOVA board.

To all the early scholars out there, I encourage you to make as much use as possible of your membership in this extraordinary community.  In your search for assistance, collaborators, guidance, and mentors, you will find, as I did, that altruism is not only studied by ARNOVAns, but also is actively practiced.  It’s easy to make connections at these annual conferences – just don’t stop there.  After you introduce yourself to scholars and practitioners you admire, ask if you can send them your drafts.  Allow your scholarly agenda to flow in serendipitous directions – and be grateful when luck brings you an unexpected project.  My big early break came in 1995, when I was invited to be a discussant at a conference at Yale, at the suggestion (I later learned) of an economist to whom I’d sent a draft paper (thank you, Avner Ben-Ner!).  When I read the agenda for that conference, my reaction was that I recognized every name but my own!  Perhaps you too will find yourself working with other ARNOVAns on multi-disciplinary projects that expand your own discipline’s understanding of important questions.

My collaborations with non-legal ARNOVAns allowed for fruitful scholarship, in both directions.  To my delight, for example, I explored all the various dimensions of property-tax exemption for charities, not by pretending to be what I am not trained to be, but rather by editing a book whose chapters were written by my dream team of leading scholars in their fields (including our too-soon lost colleagues Peter Dobkin Hall and Woods Bowman).  This was the first of many scholarly collaborations with the Urban Institute – thank you, Elizabeth Boris, Gene Steuerle, and Joe Cordes!  Separately, when ARNOVA recently met in Chicago, Dana Brakman Reiser and I co-organized a symposium at my law school on charity regulation around the world, taking advantage of the attendance at ARNOVA of legal scholars from outside the United States.

In turn, I was thrilled to be invited to contribute chapters to books edited by non-legal ARNOVAns Put Barber; Elizabeth Boris and Gene Steuerle; Gene Steuerle and Joe Cordes; Lester Salamon; Helmut Anheier and Avner Ben-Ner; and Dwight Burlingame.   My scholarship was greatly informed by fellow chapter writers Alan Abramson, Joe Galaskowitz, Kirsten Gronberg, David Hammack, Francie Ostrower, Steve Smith, and Dennis Young, among many others.  Without ARNOVA, I never would have become known to the editors of the second edition of The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook: My contribution was a new chapter on, basically, “laws other than tax’” which complements the classic chapter on tax-exemption.  Imagine that: from a newbie acolyte of the first edition to a chapter author in the second!  (Thank you, Woody Powell and Rich Steinberg!)

When I first joined ARNOVA, the membership included few legal academics–- now we fill more than one table at lunch, and multiple panels.  We so appreciate your providing an annual forum for an expanding international group to explore the disparate legal subdisciplines that collectively constitute “nonprofit law.”  Tax, corporate, trust, and constitutional lawyers get lost in their own professional associations and conferences.  Our panels at ARNOVA have given us collaborative opportunities to present drafts of book chapters and symposium articles – including the panel this morning of chapters from the new comprehensive international “Research Handbook on Not-for-Profit Law” edited by the University of Melbourne’s Matthew Harding.  But there’s a price to pay: It’s getting hard at ARNOVA meetings to keep up with my old favorite economists, historians, sociologists and political scientists, and hearing from new ones!

Most gratifyingly, while I do not have the pleasure of mentoring graduate students, I am still blessed with progeny!  I am profoundly moved to see in this room so many legal scholars whose career I had the joy of nurturing.  My hat’s off to Dana Brakman Reiser, Debra Morris, Oonagh Breen, Rob Katz, Adam Parachin, Lloyd Mayer, and Johnny Rex Buckles – so quickly grown up!  The lively and exciting field of nonprofit legal scholarship is in excellent hands.  In the coming days, you’ll be able to hear from these and more senior legal scholars – Mark Sidel, Norm Silber, John Tyler, Linda Sugin, and Terri Lynn Helge – my apologies for not having the time to name all of you!

Finally, I share this award with my husband, Jack Siegel (who is here giving me moral support today).  Without Jack’s inestimable substantive counsel and unfailing support for the pressures of academe, my accomplishments would not have been possible.

The honor I receive today from ARNOVA is the capstone of my academic career.  To my many dear friends here – giants on whose shoulders I stand; peers; and emerging scholars in the study of nonprofits – I say thank you for the opportunity to say “thank you.”  Thank you with all my heart.

I will be retiring from Chicago-Kent College of Law after teaching Income Tax Law one last time this spring – allowing me to devote myself full-time to a different creative endeavor.  In the last few years, I’ve returned to my childhood love for drawing and painting.  It’s been fun as well as challenging to start over near the bottom of the learning curve – and I’ve been fortunate to find another welcoming community of teachers and like-minded students.  To my amazement and delight, my pastels have been juried into local and national shows and won awards – and, as we speak, my first solo show is hanging in a Chicago gallery.  Let me leave you with a few images of pieces from that show.

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ARNOVA 2019: What to Expect in Austin

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What to Expect 

in Austin, Texas

during #ARNOVA18!

 

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2017 Conference Recap

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Friday, December 29, 2017
Updated: Friday, December 29, 2017

Strengthening Local Communities:
The Role of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations

Recap of the 2017 Annual ARNOVA Conference

 

The 46th Annual ARNOVA Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan was the largest event in ARNOVA history.  With close to 1,000 participants it surpassed last year’s record in attendance.  Attendees came from all over the world and it was the first ARNOVA conference for 248 of our members.  The conference covered a wide scope of topics within philanthropy, through over 350 paper presentations, 60 poster presentations, 38 panels, and 40 colloquia.

 

2017 ARNOVA Poster Session

 

The multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of philanthropy, nonprofit, and the voluntary sector was illustrated in the thorough research presented which spanned our thirteen tracks.  However, at the heart of this year’s conference was its theme, Strengthening Local Communities: The Role of Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations, which reminded us of the breadth and impact of philanthropic action and research. These ideas were explored in our opening and closing plenaries.

 

This year we also welcomed 16 undergraduate scholars who were a part of the new Undergraduate Diversity Scholars program proposed by the Diversity Committee and chaired by Cristina Balboa.

 

Additionally, The Alliance for Nonprofit Management (ANM) held its conference in conjunction with the ARNOVA conference. The ANM Annual Capacity Builder’s Conference is a one-of-a-kind, opportunity for capacity builders of every kind (consultants, program officers, researchers, professors, advisors, administrators etc.) to convene, dialogue, learn, shape and advance our field for the good of the nonprofits and communities. View the ANM Conference Recap here

 

Mini-Plenary Session – Race, Power, and Privilege: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go

 

Following a day and a half of stimulating presentations and panels, attendees gathered for the 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon to recognize the accomplishments of the brilliant scholars and practitioners that we may call our colleagues and friends.

 

2017 ARNOVA Awards Luncheon

 

At the ARNOVA awards luncheon, we honored our retiring board members, Alan Abramson and Dwight Burlingame, for their service, and we commended some of the finest published work in the field with awards praising books, dissertations, and NVSQ articles. This luncheon, as well as the many receptions and sessions throughout the conference, were made possible by a number of generous sponsors.

 

Institutional Host Sponsors

 

Grand Valley State University

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration

Conference Sponsors

 

American University School of Public Affairs

Amway Hotel Collection

Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College

Bush School, Texas A&M

Council of Michigan Foundations

Experience Grand Rapids

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Islamic Relief USA

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC)

University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business

MPA Program, Oakland University

The Ohio State University

SAGE Publications

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

University of Pennsylvania Nonprofit Leadership Program

Wayne State University

Zakat Foundation of America

 

 

The awardees at the 2017 ARNOVA Awards Luncheon are pictured below.

 


2017 ARNOVA Awardees

 


Outgoing President, Alan Abramson

 

Outgoing Treasurer, Dwight Burlingame


Best Paper Award: Jacqueline E. Ackerman, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Elizabeth J. Dale, Seattle University; Debra J. Mesch, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; Una Osili, Indiana University (not pictured); Silvia Garcia, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (not pictured) for their paper, Giving to Women and Girls: An Unexamined Field of Philanthropy


RGK/ARNOVA President’s Award: Susan Appe, Binghamton University, SUNY and Allison Schnable, Indiana University, SPEA, Balancing the Professional with the Expressive: Organizational Learning and Grassroots International NGOs

 

University of Maryland Do Good Institute/ARNOVA Global Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Award: Pamala Wiepking, Erasmus University – Rotterdam

 

Dugan Award on Philanthropic Impact: Alexandra Graddy-Reed, University of Southern California

 

 

Al-Subaie – ARNOVA Arab Philanthropy Award: Sabith Khan, California Lutheran University

 

Editor’s Prize for Best Scholarly Paper in Nonprofit Management and Leadership: Jiahuan Lu, Rutgers University - Newark, for his paper, The Philanthropic Consequence of Government Grants to Nonprofit Organizations: A Meta-Analysis

 

Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation: Claire Dunning, Stanford University, for her paper, Outsourcing Government: Boston and the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships, 1949-Present


Peter Dobkin Hall History Prize: Bruce Kimball, The Ohio State University and Daniel R. Coquilette, Boston College, for their research, On the Battlefield of Merit, the First Century


 


Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 2017: Floris Vermeulen, University of Amsterdam; Debra Minkoff, Columbia University; and Tom van der Meer, University of Amsterdam The Local Embedding of Community-Based Organizations

 

Best Reviewer for NVSQ: Marc Jegers, Vrije Universiteit – Brussel

 

ARNOVA Outstanding Best Book Award: Patricia Strach, University at Albany, State University of New York Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate Influence, and Breast Cancer Policymaking

 

Virginia Hodgkinson Prize: Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation and Devi Sridhar, University of Edinburgh Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why

 

Best Poster Award: "Does Nonprofit Research Differ? Lessons From A Systematic Mixed Methods Review," Daniela Schroeter, Western Michigan University


 

 

To celebrate the conclusion of a wonderful conference, we were treated to a vibrant reception at the Grand Rapids Art Museum which featured the iconic art of Andy Warhol.

At the reception, members were able to learn about Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center and its effort to help advance the field of philanthropy and support the future generation of philanthropy scholars.  Subsequently, throughout the halls of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, ARNOVA and Alliance members were able to explore the Andy Warhol exhibits, mingle, laugh and enjoy the company of friends.

 

We continue to receive conference evaluations with positive feedback particularly regarding the positive atmosphere that you helped create. With your input and suggestions, we hope to improve the conference even further for next year.

 

The 47th Annual Conference in Austin, Texas will take place next November 15-17th.  Hard at work, the Conference Planning Committee is hoping to exceed our expectations, and we invite you to send input and suggestions to next year’s co-chairs, Mary Kay Gugerty, University of Washington, and Brenda Bushouse, University of Massachusetts. The local arrangements committee will be co-chaired by Moira Porter and Kelly Pratlett, RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service We hope to see all you fellow ARNOVANs next year with the same exuberance and warmth that cultivated a successful conference.

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A Special Appeal from ARNOVA Member, Jodi Benenson

Posted By ARNOVA Staff, 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 www.arnova.org 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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A Special Appeal from ARNOVA Member, Khaldoun AbouAssi

Posted By ARNOVA Staff, 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 www.arnova.org 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.


Gratefully,


Khaldoun 

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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Remarks from David Renz, Recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 28, 2017

 

Acceptance Speech of David Renz

On Receipt of the

 

2017 ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit

and Voluntary Action Research Award

 

From the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Annual Conference Luncheon Plenary Session

November 16, 2017

 

What an honor it is to be standing before you to receive this award.  Thank you for your warm response!  It is indeed a privilege to be included in the company of the people who have received this exceptional award!  I am delighted but a bit surprised to receive an award of this significance for what I’ve been doing, because I’ve really just been trying to join all of you in making a difference in this field – but I certainly do appreciate it!  The truth is, the work I’ve been doing and whatever success I’ve experienced throughout my career reflect the good fortune of having an incredible network of colleagues, collaborators, and partners with whom to work.  Many of you have studied and written of the power and significance of networks.  Frankly, that is exemplified in what it is we experience and have as the power of ARNOVA, and it’s phenomenal in the ways it’s helped me in my career.  A large share of my professional and career progress derives from the connections of those networks that have all started here, which is my scholarly home.  So I want to thank all of you for making this possible! 

 

ARNOVA is a community – a community of scholars, to be sure, but a rather unique scholarly community, because ARNOVA’s members truly appreciate, believe in and are committed to understanding and strengthening the power of voluntarism, philanthropy, civil society, social action, and the nonprofit sector.   One of the things I’ve always valued about working with you -- all of you in this room -- is that the people who are in this actually care.  Beyond making civil society the subject of your research (although you do that well), the people here are making a difference in all sorts of ways. 

 

I am really indebted to so many of you – colleagues, friends, collaborators and partners – for your support and encouragement, for your challenging and prodding, and for your friendship.  There are many to whom I am indebted for this support.  First and foremost, as many of you certainly know (and some of you may have cited), is my long-time research and writing partner, Bob Herman.  Some people have told me they think the words “Herman and Renz” were trademarked and had to go together – and that’s sort of true!  How exceptional is it to find a colleague with whom you share so many interests and perspectives?  Our partnership was such a natural!  Both our backgrounds were organizational studies, we’re both interested in public service, we both had an interest in connecting with communities and doing community work as well as scholarly work – it’s just phenomenal when you have a faculty partner whose interests are so similar.  For all of our nearly identical interests, though, I will admit that some have told me they looked at Bob and me as a bit of comic relief.  (For those of you who do not know it, Bob is a bit taller than I – so whenever we showed up together, I have to admit, it was something of a “Mutt and Jeff” scenario.)

 

And, I have to say, I owe much to our talented team of colleagues at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and our Department of Public Affairs at UMKC – notably Mark Culver, Cindy Laufer, Brent Never and, especially, Scott Helm, with whom I’ve created so many programs and initiatives, especially in the area of social entrepreneurship.  And along the way, it’s been a great privilege to work with doctoral students who have become valued colleagues and research partners – folks like Fredrik Andersson, Erin Nelson, Jurgen Willems.  To this day I have the privilege of continuing to work with them. 

 

Another delightful community of colleagues with whom I’ve worked for about 20 years (I am a bit shocked it’s been this long!) is the network of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council – an incredible network of academic entrepreneurs from the ARNOVA world and beyond who have helped expand and sustain the scope of our research and teaching but, equally important, many of these centers have created vehicles for engaging and serving communities and their leaders across the US and many other parts of the world – part of that work of blending, boundary spanning, and connecting.

 

I’ve been especially passionate about and motivated to work to bridge the world of academe – of well-grounded scholarship and theory – and the world of practice.  I care a lot about helping to support our nonprofit communities’ leaders as they do their work, and I’ve tried to maintain a balance of writing for both the scholarly and practice worlds.  I’ve often been offered platforms for this work by the leaders of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the association whose annual conference is again blended with this year’s ARNOVA conference – and a key partner in crime for this work has been Ruth McCambridge of the Nonprofit Quarterly, with whom and for whom I’ve had the privilege of writing a number of articles for the practice community. 

 

And last and certainly most important: I have to express my gratitude and appreciation to my love and partner in life, my wife, Sandy Renz.  As those of you who know me can attest, she clearly must be a saint to put up with all of the complications I bring to one’s life; trying to bring balance to our world and a semblance of sanity to our family life!

 

I have had the opportunity to watch the world of nonprofit and philanthropic studies grow and develop in a variety of fascinating and often delightful ways during my career.  It’ been a great ride for us as we have grown to become an increasingly legitimate and widely-accepted field.  In so many ways, the field is stronger than ever, with high levels of credibility, acceptance, and support in the academy.  Many indicators reflect that our efforts to develop both substance and legitimacy are bearing fruit, and this is great.  We and our work are more accepted and even embraced in the larger academic environment, and it’s fun to see so many institutions actively seeking out and investing in the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. 

 

That said, with this new level of legitimacy “inside,” I see a critical need to explain what we do to the larger world, especially beyond the academic world, if we are to realize what most of us truly value about our field and our work.  We cannot afford to become self-absorbed in the academic as we continue to develop our work – there’s too much at stake in the larger world!

 

I am concerned, for example, that we (like all in the academic world) need to do more to build bridges to link the world of higher education with the rest of society and our communities.  Like many of you, I was taken aback by the turn of last year’s elections.  It is clearer than ever, to me, that we need to develop or renew the legitimacy and credibility of our institutions with the people of the communities we serve as we counteract the perceptions of elitism that pervade much of our national discourse and polarize peoples’ response to our work.   We are uniquely well-positioned to do this given the foci of our work in communities but, ironically, the process of sustaining and enhancing our legitimacy inside the academy can interfere with investing time and energy in doing so.  We need to sustain and expand our connections with the grassroots of our communities and the practice world, and exemplify how our work as educators and scholars offers unique value in support of all people.

 

Further, we have some detractors who misunderstand the purpose and nature of what we do and advocate.  They worry (and argue) that we are stealing the soul and meaning of voluntarism, philanthropy, and the work of the nonprofit sector.  They’re pointing at people like me – educators who are trying to improve the sophistication and professional capacity of nonprofit leaders and managers.  They misunderstand, but their warnings have some significance, and we are well advised to take these kinds of disconnects seriously and work to share and explain our work and intentions more fully and effectively in our communities.

 

I think the next generation of nonprofit development is going to be fascinating, because the sector is going to change in significant ways as we address the implications of the redefinition of governmental functions and roles that currently is underway in the US and many other nations of the world.  As the role and even legitimacy of governmental work continues to shift, we need to be ready to support the sector and even facilitate a productive response to the new demands that will be put on the sector. 

 

At this fascinating time in the evolution of civil society, we have competing tensions to address, and more will come.  Similar to many ethical conundrums, we’re increasingly going to be pushed to reconcile inconsistent competing principles and we need to be ready.  To a large degree, the choices are not good options versus bad options – they are good versus good.  We need to clarify where we stand and what we value as a professional community – to know what we stand for, clarify what is at stake as conditions change, be honest and reflective, and work together as a community to do our best to serve authentically and openly.  And one of the greatest challenges is that, as each of us works to sustain and enhance our credibility and position in the scholarly world (including the pressures of securing tenure and sustaining funding for our work), we get pulled further and further way from the world that is at the heart of what we as a field developed to support. 

 

I am proud to say that ARNOVA, and those of us who are its members, are at the core of the work to understand, embrace, and tackle these tensions.  Together, supporting and encouraging each other, we have the capacity to strengthen civil society in ways that also continue to advance the field and our work. 

 

It is such a privilege to work with all of you to define, understand, explore and embrace these challenges and opportunities.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the acknowledgement this award confers.  I look forward to my continued work with you as we all continue to develop, individually and as a field.  Thank you very much!

 

David Renz

November 16, 2017

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