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Latest News: Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement at #ARNOVA22

The Annual ARNOVA Conference is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. For that reason, we have decided to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of first day in attendance at the conference. HealthShield will be the tool we will using to collect this information from our attendees.

Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement: Next steps

US registrants have received a test message from HealthShield 42-chat bot on behalf of ARNOVA to upload their proof of full vaccine. International registrants can upload their documents through a web-based chat bot.

What's HealthShield?

HealthShield is an SMS based tool that ARNOVA will use to collect COVID-19 Vaccine/Test information from our 2022 conference attendees.

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The Annual ARNOVA Conference is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all participants. Our policies and decisions below are guided by recommendations set forth by the ARNOVA Board of Directors as well as common industry health & safety measures recommended by U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal, state and local health authorities.

Information on this page will continue to evolve and be updated as needed. 

A few of you have voiced concerns about meeting in-person this year; others of you may share similar concerns but haven’t voiced them. We certainly understand your concerns, and we respect and support the decisions you each need to make for yourselves and your families. So we’re planning an in-person conference, but we’ll be singularly focused on being safe– including a few virtual components for those of you who simply can’t travel. We’ll be monitoring what’s going on nationally and in North Carolina, and will be prepared to adapt as necessary (you can read all those details below) because your physical and mental health is our priority. In short, please come if you can.  And stay safe, regardless. You are too important – especially to ARNOVA – for anything less.

Read the message from our Board President and Executive Director about the conference format here.


While participating in events held or sponsored by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Inc., a District of Columbia non-profit corporation (“ARNOVA”), consistent with CDC guidelines, participants are encouraged to practice hand hygiene, “social distancing” and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, ARNOVA has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, ARNOVA cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance at the ARNOVA 51st Annual Conference will not become infected with COVID-19.

Health & Safety

As we approach the 51st ARNOVA Annual Conference, we will keep our community informed on any updates that we make to our health and safety guidelines.

ARNOVA encourages the following safety protocols for all attendees, speakers, and exhibitors.


All attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccine or negative COVID-19 test (Antigen, NAAT Molecular or PCR) that has been administered by an accredited lab, pharmacy, or clinic no more than 72 hours before the first day of the conference.

  • “Fully vaccinated” means that on the day of your first entry to the 2022 ARNOVA Conference attendees must be at least 14 days after completion of your primary series of an FDA or WHO-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. 

Learn how we are collecting this information here.

mask recommended

Face masks are recommended but not required at the conference.

To provide another layer of protection, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask during your travels to and around Raleigh, NC and in public spaces when programming is not taking place.

hand sanitazing

We encourage attendees to frequently wash their hands. Session rooms and common areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available in the hallways and common areas of the hotel - Rub the hand sanitizer all over your hands, making sure to get between your fingers and on the back of your hands. Do not wipe or rinse off the hand sanitizer before it is dry.

covid test

Monitor your symptoms. If you are feeling sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you notify a staff member and do not contribute to the day’s events until you have tested negative for COVID-19. Our staff will have on-site rapid test kits available, and can also help you find the nearest PCR testing site and pharmacy.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within days of attending the event, we encourage you not to attend in-person. We will offer a full refund if you cancel due to COVID-19 and will waive the cancellation fee.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics focuses on the conduct of ARNOVA members as they serve, represent, engage with and interact within the Association. While the Board of Directors of ARNOVA is empowered to act on behalf of the Association’s interests, this code is fundamentally a self-executing ethics document that calls for individual commitment to self-compliance.

Anti-Harassment & Discrimination

Reflective of the Code of Ethics, it is the policy of ARNOVA that all participants in ARNOVA activities enjoy an environment free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, bullying, retaliation, and violence (hereafter referred to simply as harassment).

Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of ARNOVA meetings and events and is considered by ARNOVA to be a serious form of professional misconduct. As a professional society, ARNOVA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scholarly ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ARNOVA is dedicated to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, staff and participants. Harassment of colleagues undermines the principle of equality at the heart of our professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression.

ARNOVA has created an Anti-Harassment & Discrimination Policy that outlines expectations for all members and staff of ARNOVA, including those who serve in elected or appointed positions, as well as participants of any ARNOVA events, whether online or in-person, in the U.S. or elsewhere.

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