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Annual Conference: Duty of Care

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. 

Health & Safety

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.

mask recommended

Face mask are recommended but not required. Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.

hand sanitazing

Hand sanitizing stations will 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 unwell, please take the necessary precautions. Our staff will have on-site rapid test kits available, and can also help you find the nearest PCR testing site and pharmacy.

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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