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A Special Appeal from ARNOVA Member, Catherine E. Herrold

Posted By ARNOVA, Monday, December 28, 2015


The 2002 ARNOVA conference in Montreal catapulted my career.

It was my first time attending an ARNOVA event, and I knew practically no one.  I was attending as a spectator.  Only a few months into my new job at the Urban Institute, I had nothing to present.  But my colleagues raved about ARNOVA and my supervisors, Francie Ostrower and Elizabeth Boris, thought it might be worthwhile for me to attend the 31st Annual Conference. 

After the first day of sessions, which served as my introduction to the wide array of research on nonprofits and philanthropy, I stood awkwardly in the hotel lobby as ARNOVANs streamed out in groups for dinner.  Somehow, I found myself invited to join a group of scholars whom I would

later recognize as founders and leaders of the field.  You know their names: Dennis Young, Avner Ben-Ner, Gerhard Speckbacher, Mark Sidel, Steve Smith. 

They most certainly did not know my name, but they would soon become some of my most trusted mentors and strongest supporters.   They sent me their papers back in the days before online repositories, advised me on graduate schools, and read drafts of my dissertation.  They sat in on practice job talks, invited me to submit articles to their journals and even ensured that when I earned my doctorate I would join a cadre of talented, friendly, and enthusiastic assistant professors whom they had trained.

My story is not unique.  We all have stories about how ARNOVA – and especially ARNOVANs – enhanced our careers.  That’s why I’m asking for your help.

I never realized how much ARNOVA depends on member contributions and am embarrassed to admit that I had never thought about donating beyond my membership dues until this year.  For all my years spent studying civil society and philanthropic action, I overlooked the fact that I had a chance to support the best aspects of both right in front of me.  

When I made my donation this fall, I reasoned that while my contribution could never truly equal the impact ARNOVA has had on my career, it was nevertheless my responsibility as a member of this organization to do my part in helping it continue its vital work. 

Won’t you join me in making a gift so that ARNOVA can continue to create inclusive opportunities for fresh voices and emerging ideas in philanthropy?

The end of the year is a time for all of us to reconnect to our reasons for doing this work, a chance for us to remember why we got started on this path in the first place.  What motivates you to research nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, and philanthropy?  What drives you?

ARNOVA provides us with the space and freedom to present ideas and disseminate knowledge.  It encourages us to explore diverse perspectives.  When I share new ideas with ARNOVA colleagues, I know that no matter how embryonic my concept is, it will receive constructive and encouraging feedback. 

That’s what makes ARNOVA so special.  It urges us to build meaningful relationships and to weave together our strengths in order to make a positive impact on the world through our work. 

Support from fellow ARNOVANs has been one of the most critical forces shaping my career.  Since that 2002 conference, I have counted on the encouragement and advice of junior and senior ARNOVA scholars alike.  More advanced scholars have guided me through the challenges of research, publishing, teaching, and the politics of university life.  Fellow participants in programs such as the Doctoral Fellowship and the Emerging Scholars Program offer ongoing encouragement and friendship as we progress through our academic journeys together.

As of this fall, 1153 members representing hundreds of institutions, dozens of disciplines, and over 35 countries fill ARNOVA’s ranks.  Think what ARNOVA could accomplish if each of us pledged even five dollars to this annual campaign.  That would add up to over 5765 dollars.  That’s enough to provide another 23 travel grants that would allow 23 more members to attend our conference regardless of means.  Now think what could happen if we all pledged $25!  $100! 

I know we can’t all afford to commit to gifts at these levels, but I urge you to make a donation of whatever amount you can manage, even if that means only a dollar or two.  After all, isn’t support you receive from ARNOVA every year worth at least the price of a cup of coffee this holiday season?

Every contribution counts.  Every dollar makes a difference.

Remember, your donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. and can be made online by going to ARNOVA’s website at  Many members enjoy pledging their gifts in honor or memoriam of someone, and I encourage you to consider doing so by filling out the “donor comment” section of the donate page. 

No other membership organization in the country is doing what ARNOVA is doing, but these opportunities are only available with the help of ARNOVA members who provide crucial financial support for these opportunities and programs. 

Please join me.  Please make your gift today.

Thank you,                                                                   

Catherine E. Herrold, PhD

Catherine E. Herrold, PhD
Assistant Professor, Philanthropic Studies,
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs,
Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis

p.s. Looking to maximize your gift’s impact and provide true sustainability for ARNOVA?  Consider making your gift in the form of a monthly pledge by going online and selecting “Recurring Monthly Donation” or ask about opportunities for making planned gifts.


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For all my years spent studying civil society and philanthropic action, I overlooked the fact that I had a chance to support the best aspects of both right in front of me.


Catherine E. Herrold, PhD


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Remarks on Receiving the ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Achievement

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 18, 2015


Remarks on Receiving the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research

(formerly called the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement)


Jeffrey L. Brudney
Chicago, IL, November 20, 2015

Thank you … Thank you.


I am delighted to receive the ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research. I thank the Selection Committee for this high honor. I also thank my wife Nancy, who is here with me today, for her support in achieving this career milestone. Being a faculty spouse -- at least in my case -- is no easy task. I must confess that I have no life skills. I do the “professing,” and Nancy does everything else. Nancy, thank you for making this great Award possible.


When I asked Joe Galaskiewicz, who chaired the Award Committee, about who had nominated me, so that I might thank this person, Joe indicated that the Selection Committee did not wish to disclose this information. I did not ask for a recount.


In fact, I considered this anonymity fitting. Over my career ARNOVA has afforded me numerous opportunities to connect with others. Through presenting research and participating on panels at the annual Meeting, working with the ARNOVA Doctoral Fellows Research Seminar, sitting on the ARNOVA Board and on various ARNOVA Committees, and advising students and faculty, I hope that I have touched and assisted many ARNOVANS. Having the privilege of serving as co-Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly with Femida Handy and Lucas Meijs, and before that serving as Book Review Editor of the journal, have increased my network of valued colleagues exponentially. Since NVSQ processes about 450 manuscripts per year, you can appreciate, as I do, that I have the pleasure of interacting with many ARNOVANS.


So, I would like to think that the nomination for this Award could have come from most any ARNOVAN, or as David Bowie sang in tribute to the late Lou Reed and his band the Velvet Underground on his 1971 album Hunky Dory, “It could have been me. Oh yeah, it could have been me. Why didn’t I say?”


Or at least I would like to think so.


Of course, an alternative musical interpretation might be Aerosmith’s catchy Dream On (1973).


In any event, if you made the nomination -- or even if you did not -- be sure to let me know. Couldn’t hurt, right, in chatting up a journal editor?


I think the anonymity is fitting in another way. I did not prepare professionally to study nonprofit and voluntary action, much less to receive an award honoring contribution to our field. I trust that you can keep a secret: I went to graduate school to study electoral, or voting, behavior. And even did so. I did election polling, worked for a Congressional candidate (he won), appeared on television to forecast elections (I enjoyed stellar refreshments in the “green room,” but otherwise had little to do “predicting” a landslide election), and published in the highly regarded journal Public Opinion Quarterly.


But the fit was just not right for me.


Fortunately, as a young PhD I re-discovered an interest in volunteerism, that had been nurtured by my extended family. I was influenced particularly by my mother of blessed memory, who gained promotion to the highest non-elective position in county government held by a woman at that time, and who was a tireless volunteer. She earned a certification from the U.S. Library of Congress for her proficiency in brailing books for blind people, and she did the accounting for a variety of worthy causes. Even so, I regarded my mother as a “dangerous” philanthropist, who had a habit of donating to these same worthy causes anything in the house that was not in immediate use regardless of season: “Hey, Mom, I really loved that winter coat.”


In my first academic position my interest in volunteerism blossomed into a focus on “coproduction,” the active involvement of citizens with government service agents in the delivery of public services and, ultimately, to a focus on service volunteers througout government. I began work on a book entitled Fostering Volunteer Programs in the Public Sector.
At about this time I am grateful that I found ARNOVA -- or, more accurately stated -- ARNOVA found me. Jon Van Til, editor of the Association’s journal, then titled the Journal of Voluntary Action Research, and a recipient of the Award I receive today, called to invite me to an Annual Meeting. At the Meeting I was welcomed by David Horton Smith, the founder of both the journal and the parent Association (then, the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars), and another recipient of this Award.


I have not forgotten this kind greeting, accorded to an assistant professor -- or the support I have received from ARNOVA. ARNOVA members provided advice, guidance, and feedback on my research, as well as reviews of the entire book manuscript. Indeed, they seemed just as intrigued by my research as I was -- and determined to challenge me to improve it.
To me, this ability to build a network of friends and colleagues and grow through ANROVA underscores the vitality of the Association and makes membership and, especially participation, valuable and unique. ARNOVA’s intimacy and openness facilitate interaction and genuine regard for one another, and give us the opportunity to multiply and extend our professional and personal relationships. This person-to-person connection, recognition, and welcome make ARNOVA special.


The nascent field of nonprofit and voluntary action studies that I entered then, back in the last century (one of my favorite expressions), bore little resemblance to the much more robust one we have now, and ANROVA helped to sustain the interests and careers of students and scholars along the way. I think our field is approaching a new stage of maturity, with more free-standing schools and programs, an increasing cohort of great students and faculty members, and an expanding research corpus. Writing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Stuart Mendel, President of NACC (the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council), describes a “nonprofit first” mentality and attitude that animates and promotes development of the field.


Yet, even as we anticipate and begin to witness progress toward the “promised land” of More -- more students drawn to the field, more professional development opportunities available particularly through ARNOVA, more funding for research, more professional meetings, and so forth -- we need to keep in mind that our field still lacks a natural institutional identity and home across most college campuses and relies on positions and placements in various host departments. In his remarks last year upon receiving this same Award, Joe Galaskiewicz drew our attention to the long-term prospects of nonprofit faculty members housed in diverse schools and departments. Although, thankfully, these academic units need PhD’s in nonprofit studies, we can only hope that these institutional hosts will be equally gracious and receptive in acknowledging through their standards the academic goals and aspirations that guide our emerging field.


New research by Angela Bies heightens these concerns. Building on a study that I conducted two decades ago examining publication in the three major nonprofit journals since their inception, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Voluntas, Angela documents an increase in those pages over time of female authors; higher representation of assistant professors; far more co-authorship; and greater methodological heterogeneity, geographic diversity of authors and topical focus. Thus, academic units will be asked to render decisions concerning the future of our junior colleagues based on research published in nonprofit sector studies outlets, much of it by women, much of it co-authored, and much of it based on nontraditional methodologies. Insuring and reconciling the status and reputation of publication in nonprofit journals with the priorities and standards of various academic schools and departments remains an issue for the field.


How we can secure our professional future is a question well worth considering.


My immediate response is to encourage you to work through ARNOVA, for several reasons. First, based on my experience, the connections you can make are fun and satisfying, and they can lead to exciting professional opportunities, for example, for meaningful collaboration, expert advice, research support, and academic positions. These opportunities are also much more plentiful that when I entered the field, with established membership sections; awards and funding; and, in my estimation, exceptional support for younger scholars.
Equally important, you will find at ARNOVA other scholars with appropriate nonprofit education and background similar to your own, rather than interlopers wandering in from studying electoral behavior. The nerve of some people.


In addition to building your network, I hope that professional interaction through ANROVA will motivate and entice you to publish your best research in nonprofit journals. We have no better argument for scholarly respect and acceptance of nonprofit studies than the quality of our students and our research endeavors. Journal reputation is judged predominantly based on citation by scholars, with a standard metric called the Impact Factor. Raising the Impact Factor of nonprofit journals -- as the current Editors of NVSQ have endeavored to accomplish -- offers an ideal way not only to alleviate any apprehensions concerning nonprofit publication but also to earn the esteem and approbation of host schools and departments for our faculty members. As a colleague reminded me early in my academic career, paraphrasing a tag line form the popular romance novel Love Story (1970) by American writer Erich Segal, publishing quality research is “never having to say you’re sorry.” Segal had penned, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Close enough.


I urge your active involvement in ARNOVA for one more reason: Not only will you benefit, but also you can benefit others.


Shortly before he passed, I asked my mentor of blessed memory, Professor Deil S. Wright, what made him such a wonderful mentor to so many students and junior faculty members. Deil was perplexed by the question, and, uncharacteristically, was unable to offer a direct response. What he did relate to me was that being a member of this profession and being a mentor were one and the same to him … He did not see the difference.


May I -- may each of us -- be guided by Deil Wright’s example.


Thank you.

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Letter from the President of ARNOVA

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 18, 2015

Dear ARNOVA Members:


As 2015 winds down, I recall with great satisfaction – which I hope you share – ARNOVA’s many terrific achievements over the past year. We had the largest conference ever in Chicago, with new kinds of sessions to meet the varied interests of members. Our membership stands at record levels, and our challenge for the future is to figure out how we can maintain and even strengthen our collegiality while we grow. We memorialized several distinguished nonprofit scholars and leaders – some of whom passed away much too young – but we also welcomed a wonderful new set of doctoral students, junior faculty, and other members to our ranks. We began a new initiative with an extraordinary group of West African scholars and nonprofit leaders to help them establish an ARNOVA-like organization in Africa, and collaborated with the group on successful meetings in Accra and Chicago. ARNOVA also chose a new president-elect, Mary Tschirhart, who I am pleased will succeed me after next year’s annual membership meeting.


In the new year, we look forward to holding our annual conference, in Washington, DC on November 17-19. Our focus will be on nonprofits and public policy, and, in addition to presentations of research, we plan to use the occasion to deepen our relationships with other nonprofit leadership organizations and with government officials who can benefit from our research and who we have much to learn from. In July, we will have a leadership change at our flagship journal Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, as the current editors – Jeff Brudney, Femida Handy, and Lucas Meijs – complete their excellent tenure, and the new team of Angela Bies, Chao Guo, and Susan Phillips begins its term. Importantly, ARNOVA will engage in a strategic planning process in 2016, and we look forward to getting input from many ARNOVA members and other stakeholders as we move ahead. We’ll also start planning for ARNOVA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2021.


As always, none of ARNOVA’s accomplishments would be possible without the amazing volunteer and financial support of huge numbers of members and the dedicated work of ARNOVA’s extraordinary staff led by Executive Director Shariq Siddiqui. I look forward to working with all in the year to come. In the meantime, I wish you the very best for the holiday season.


Alan Abramson, George Mason University
ARNOVA President

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2015 Conference Recap

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The 44th Annual ARNOVA Conference in Chicago, Illinois was the largest in our history. Over 800 participants from 15 countries engaged in a wide variety of presentation sessions, plenary forums, events, and pre-Conference workshops. More than 450 papers, 26 panels, and 49 colloquia were presented, covering a diverse array of topics representative of the multifaceted interests of members from around the world. ARNOVA was proud to welcome 289 first-time attendees, including a delegation from Saudi Arabia as well as founding members of AROCSA (Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa) from West Africa.

This year’s theme, The Dynamic Landscape of Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action: Innovation, Inspiration, & Creativity Across Boundaries, guided the spirit of our events and reminded us of the great potential that exists in our fields for growth, expansion, and breaking down boundaries. These ideas were present in the opening plenary, where Burt Weisbrod reflected on the current state of the nonprofit field and challenges we face, and the closing plenary, where Alnoor Ebrahim moderated a panel that examined the future of research and practice with a focus on high performance and accountability. Inspiration also filled many hearts and speeches at a special reception held in memory of Woods Bowman, Peter Dobkin Hall, Estelle James, and Rick Cohen, where members celebrated the legacies of these departed members and colleagues.

As always, one highlight of the conference was the Awards Luncheon, where ARNOVA honored the best published work our field by presenting awards for the best recent books, for articles in NVSQ, and for the best recent dissertation.


ARNOVA Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award
Jeffrey L. Brudney, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award
Christopher Bail, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, "Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Become Mainstream"

Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize
Monika Krause, University of London, "The Good Project: Humanitarian Relief of NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason"

RGK-ARNOVA President's Award
Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta

NVSQ Best Reviewer Award
ichael Shier, University of Toronto

Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research
Sheila Cannon, Trinity College Dublin,“Surviving the peace: Processes of Organisational Identity Work in Response to Deinstitutionalisation of Irish Peacebuilding”

Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)
Kelly LeRoux, University of Illinois at Chicago and Kelly Krawczyk, Auburn University, "Can Nonprofit Organizations Increase Voter Turnout? Findings From an Agency-Based Voter Mobilization Experiment"

Best Paper Award from 2014 ARNOVA Conference
Ming Hu, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jiangang Zhu, Sun Yat-Sen University, "Community Reconstruction after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake: Reflections on Participatory Development Theories"



Also, outgoing NVSQ editors were thanked for their service. The climax of the Award Luncheon every years is the presentation of the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership Award, which this year went to Jeffrey L. Brudney of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. This luncheon, as well as the many receptions and sessions throughout the conference, were made possible by a number of generous sponsors. 

Considering this year’s thematic focus on innovation, inspiration, and creativity, it was fitting that our conference was hosted in the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago, where frescos, French Imperialist artwork, chandeliers and works by Louis Comfort Tiffany lent a majestic ambiance. Attendees mingled in rooms and hallways previously used by Al Capone and Charles Dickens, reconnecting with friends and forging new relationships in the lobby where Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Ella Fitzgerald once performed. Only steps away from famous Chicago eateries and cultural sites, members were invited to take themselves on a walking tour created by Woods Bowman to highlight local architecture or follow his advice for unique dining experiences. Conference evaluations continue to arrive, and we are pleased by positive feedback regarding this year’s program, presentations, and overall content. We appreciate your remarks and strive to address your suggestions for continued improvement overall.

Next November 17-19, ARNOVA will host its 45th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. in the Hyatt Regency Washington. The Conference Planning Committee is now actively engaged in its work, and members with suggestions for the program are invited to send those to next year’s co-chairs. We expect a great turnout in 2016 and look forward to another exciting gathering filled with opportunities for meaningful discussion and collaboration.

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New ARNOVA Pre-Conference Session Announced!

Posted By ARNOVA, Friday, November 13, 2015

Philanthropic Research and Foundation Practice

ARNOVA Pre-Conference Session
Palmer House Hotel, Chicago IL
November 18, 2015, 1-2:30pm
SALON 10 (3rd floor)

OPEN TO ALL. NO conference registration required.

This roundtable discussion brings together producers, consumers, and advocates of research on philanthropy. Roundtable participants will discuss the question of whether, how, and to what extent research on philanthropy affects the way philanthropic institutions carry out their work.


Una Osili, Director of Research, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
Megan Tompkins-Stange, Assistant Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Jeff Ubois, Program Officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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In Memory... a Letter from the ARNOVA President

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Thursday, July 23, 2015
Updated: Monday, August 17, 2015



Dear ARNOVA Members,

This has been a difficult year for our association. In recent months, we have lost two pillars in our field. Peter Dobkin Hall was a long-time ARNOVA member and helped build our field through his work on the history of philanthropy and other topics. Woods Bowman was also a long-standing member of our association who worked in the fields of nonprofit finance and nonprofit governance, among others. Both men served unselfishly in leadership roles in ARNOVA. Their long service to our association and our field will be greatly missed. Moreover, both men were more than professional colleagues to many in the field and had become close friends. We will miss their friendship as much as their professional contributions.

Since the passing of first Peter and now Woods, the ARNOVA board of directors has been reflecting on the right way to remember and honor these two friends. There have been many suggestions and conversations that have helped us think through this important but difficult task. While there is no perfect way to honor the memories of Peter and Woods, we have decided to organize these opportunities for reflection and remembrance at the upcoming ARNOVA conference in Chicago in November:

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8 pm, we will have a room available for us to gather before the conference starts and share our memories of our two friends. We will be sending out a note in coming months with more details for people who would like to speak or to simply share some remembrances without speaking. (Edit: please click the link to share thoughts, memories, photos and more.)

On Friday afternoon, November 20, 2015, we will be hosting four “mini-plenaries” at our conference. This is a new feature of our conference that adds to the opening and closing plenaries. Two of the mini-plenaries will be dedicated to the fields that Peter and Woods were passionate about – the history of philanthropy and nonprofit finance.

We know that individuals and institutions are undertaking other initiatives at the ARNOVA conference and elsewhere to honor Peter and Woods. Some have suggested establishing new endowed research prizes in the areas of nonprofit history and nonprofit finance or endowing existing awards and/or scholarships in honor of Peter and Woods. We invite anyone interested in taking the lead in raising funds for such initiatives to let us know, and we will assist in this process. Please also feel free to be in touch with Shariq Siddiqui, ARNOVA’s executive director (, or me ( with other ideas or with an expression of your interest in helping with one of the initiatives described above.

We look forward to working with you as we share our grief and remember and honor our friends.


Alan Abramson
President, ARNOVA

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Special Events at the 2015 ARNOVA Conference Announced!

Posted By Fatima Hussain, Friday, June 19, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


FEATURED: Early Scholars Professional Development Workshop

This workshop will be a distinctive opportunity for early scholars (Assistant Professors, Doctoral and Masters’ students) to participate. ARNOVA will host pre- and post- conference sessions and also sessions during the event.

The program kicks off on Wednesday before ARNOVA conference with a general introductory session on the Trends in Nonprofit Research and Career, before the groups break into parallel sessions that cover:
• Surviving Pre-Tenure for Assistant Professors
• Succeeding the Job Market for Doctoral Students
• Career Choices and Prospects for Masters’ Students

Another session on Surviving Pre-Tenure and a session on Ethics in Research/Teaching and Service tailored for the specific early scholars will take place during the conference. The Workshop will conclude with post-conference research roundtables, sponsored by the Theory, Issues, and Boundaries Section.

The Workshop committee is formed of Khaldoun‎ AbouAssi (Chair), Mary Kay Gugerty, Mary Clare Hano, Catherine Herrold, Christina Mitchell, and Mary Tschirhart. The Committee is working on the final details of the Workshop and will be in touch with ARNOVA members who might be interested to volunteer as panelists and facilitators.

We also want to thank the Committee for its efforts and we want to thank you in advance for your service.

More details regarding this new opportunity will be available soon!

Other Special Events and Sessions at the ARNOVA Conference

Doctoral Fellowship Seminars

Diversity Scholars & Leaders Professional Development Program

Half Day Session: "Inactive Teaching with Multimedia Materials"

VRADS Section Pre-conference Session: "Teaching Ethics for NPO's"

Teaching Section Pre-conference Workshop: "Preparing 21st Century Nonprofit Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities for Nonprofit Programs"

Early Scholars Pre-conference Sessions (listed above) and Section Roundtables

Governance Section Session: "Governance Functions in Inter-organizational and Cross-sector collaborations"

ASPA Panel: "Civic Health – The Cornerstone of a Healthy Community"

Colloquium: "Nonprofit and Philanthropic Consulting: An Introduction to the FIeld and Dialogue with Long-time Consultants"

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Panel: "The Meaning of Nonprofitness Conference Proceedings"


Stay tuned for information on these and several other events, sessions and workshops throughout the 2015 ARNOVA Conference! Register online at Super Early Bird rates until August 15th at

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Meet the First Registrant of the 2015 ARNOVA Conference!

Posted By ARNOVA, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Meet Victor Kuo, the first registrant for the 2015 ARNOVA Conference! 

"Super Early Bird" registration for ARNOVA's 44th Annual Conference in Chicago, IL began on May 8th and has brought in several registrants, the first of which was Victor Kuo, Ph.D., a consultant, researcher and evaluator who has spent fifteen years helping philanthropic foundations measure their social impact.


"I am delighted to be part of an exciting panel on entrepreneurs and philanthropic leaders in Asia. ARNOVA is well known as one of the premier practice and research communities for my sector of interest: philanthropy" -Dr. Kuo 

Currently, Victor is founder of VK Global Advising and leads projects in strategic planning, evaluation, and organizational development. Previously, he was evaluation officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and research associate in the Evaluation and Learning Services unit at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He has consulted on building organizational capacity for evaluation and has conducted evaluations of projects in K-12 education, post-secondary education, and conservation and the environment. Dr. Kuo served on the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association and currently serves on the Advisory Board of GreatNonprofits. He also holds the position of Director of Strategic Planning and Research at Seattle Colleges which serve 50,000 and are the largest community college system in Washington State, USA. He has spoken on evaluation in philanthropy in Hong Kong, Singapore, Saigon, and throughout the U.S. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, MA from Teachers College Columbia University, and BA from Pomona College.


We look forward to hosting Dr. Kuo and the hundreds of other attendees who make the ARNOVA Conference the enriching experience that it is! Register for the conference at reduced rates until August 15, 2015.

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ARNOVA’s 43rd Annual Conference – Record-breaking Attendance in Denver

Posted By ARNOVA, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ARNOVA’s 43rd Annual Conference – Record-breaking Attendance in Denver


The 2014 ARNOVA Conference was a great success! With record-breaking attendance and the highest number of sessions to date, the Grand Hyatt Conference Center in Denver, Colorado was a wonderful venue for members to network, share ideas and celebrate one another’s successes. We are grateful for such strong attendance, which afforded a rich and multi-faceted conference again this year.


Our theme was Evolving Sectoral Relationships: Global & Local Views.  Members presented 397 individual papers, 35 panel sessions, 31 colloquiums and 35 posters examining questions such as: What roles do globalization, demographic shifts, and the advent of information and communication technology play in the evolving relationships of the nonprofit and voluntary sector to the state and businesses? What are the exciting developments in theory and practice cross-nationally and how can they inform our understanding and actions in local contexts?  We enjoyed many dynamic panel discussions and colloquy sessions surrounding these topics.


New this year, five Common Interest Groups (CIGs) met to explore their areas of interest in depth. We welcomed the following CIGs:, Critical Perspectives, Early Scholars, Global Issues and Transnational Actors, Governance and Humanities. Members of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society CIG met informally also. We had some notable advances in technology this year. The introduction of the new and improved ARNOVA website has been well received. Over 250 conference attendees downloaded our Conference App onto their devices and found it helpful to navigate the venue and attend their chosen sessions. Many of you enjoyed our Selfie Stations.

As always, the Conference allowed for many opportunities where new and longtime members and colleagues could reconnect. We introduced our new ARNOVA Board President, Alan Abramson, and acknowledged the work of the outgoing President, Francie Ostrower. Our Awards Luncheon was a special time to honor the best-published work in our field by the presentation of awards for the best book, outstanding dissertation, articles, papers and research. Also honored was Joseph Galaskiewicz, who was given the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award. The luncheon, as well as many other sessions throughout the Conference, was made possible by our generous sponsors. A list of these supporters appears at the end of this article.



 Awards Luncheon held in the Imperial Ballroom





Joseph Galaskiewicz (Center), receiving the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award from Francie Ostrower (left) and Steve Smith (right)




Chao Guo (right) and Gregory Saxton (middle), receiving the Best Paper Award, from Kyu-Nahm Jun




 Gerhard Speckbacher, receiving the NVSQ Best Article Award, from Judith Saidel




 Woods Bowman, receiving the Best Reviewer Award, from Femida Handy




Thad Calabrese (right), receiving the Editor's Award for NML, from Duncan Neuhauser (left)




Catherine E. Herrold, receiving the Best Dissertation Award, from Khaldoun Abou Assi




Sarah Reckhow, receiving the Hodgkinson Prize, from Woods Bowman




Wendy Wong, receiving the Best Book Award, from Woods Bowman




Kathleen Gallagher (Center) and Matthew Ehlman, receiving the Best Poster Award, from Jasmine McGinnis Johnson(Left) and Wenjue Knutsen(right)



Jennifer Mosley, receiving the RGK/ARNOVA Presidents Prize, from David Springer



Next November 19-21, ARNOVA will meet in Chicago, Illinois at the Palmer House Hotel. The Conference Planning Committee has begun its work already. If members have suggestions for the program, they are invited to send those to the co-chairs for next year – Angela Bies and David Suarez.  We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


THANK YOU to our Denver Sponsors

Baruch College, School of Public Affairs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Colorado Trust

Gulf Opinions Center for Polls and Statistics

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Kresge Foundation

The Lilly Endowment

Nonprofit Academic Centers Council

Nonprofit Quarterly

Regis University

SAGE Publications

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington

School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

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