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News from the Nonprofit Governance Section of ARNOVA

September 21, 2019


Greetings from the Governance Section of ARNOVA!  As we prepare to gather in San Diego in November, the Governance Section is planning a number of new events and initiatives for 2019.  Please mark your calendars to attend the Governance Section Colloquy and Post-Conference Workshop on Saturday, November 23rd.  On Saturday night, we hope you will join your governance colleagues for a “Saturday Social” in San Diego.  Also, you will find information below on the section’s continuing case study collaboration with the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership and the Governance Section’s inaugural awards program.


ARNOVA 2020 Governance Section Dinner

Mark your calendar now to join your Governance Section colleagues on Friday, November 22, 2019 for our annual social dinner.  As in recent years, this event is designed to maximize your opportunity for social and informal academic conversations with your colleagues.  The event will be held at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens; the time is to be determined.  An email with a link to register for the dinner will be sent to all members. The cost to attend is $35 thanks to generous sponsorship to help defray costs. Please note: all ARNOVA section social events will be on Friday night in at this year’s conference in San Diego.


Governance Section Colloquy / Post-Conference Workshop

Colloquy:  The Governance of University and Community Engagement

Saturday, November 23, 2019


Nonprofit and voluntary sector organizations throughout the world have had to respond to rapidly changing conditions in the environments in which they operate. Changes in the external environment have created a new demand for nonprofit academic programming and a plethora of university-community engagement initiatives.  While a number of universities have established formal programs and outreach efforts, a review of the literature suggests not all have been effective.


Immediately following the Governance Section Colloquy and lunch, the section will offer a Post-Conference Workshop: Voices from the Field.  The workshop offers interactive presentations from representatives of the San Diego nonprofit community who will share their experiences with university-community engagement activities and the impact of the academic professionalization of the nonprofit sector.


Please keep this combined session in mind as you make your travel plans for San Diego. The combined session will end around 2:30 pm. See below, for more fun with the section…


Post-Conference Saturday Social in San Diego

Want to avoid the “red eye” flight home at the close of ARNOVA 2020?  The Governance Section is planning a fun and energetic Saturday late afternoon / evening in San Diego.  Details to follow[RB1] !


Are you are looking to get some fresh air, take in the sights and socialize with colleagues after the conference? 

Here are a couple of post conference events organized by the Governance Section to consider when planning your trip:


Saturday afternoon Walk/Run in Balboa Park—Meet in the hotel lobby at 3 pm where for a guided walk with Ruth Bernstein or run with Yvonne Harrison around Balboa Park.


Saturday evening Harbor Dinner Cruise—Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15 pm to join members of the Governance Section Leadership Team, including Jeff Aulgur, Ruth Bernstein, Cathleen Erwin, Yvonne Harrison, Kelly LeRoux, and Cyrus White on a 3 hour San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise! This is the only harbor cruise that would accommodate individual reservations for our group (guaranteed 25 spots) on this date and time.  To secure a spot(s), please call 855-894-1935 and quote Reference Number 1136705656. Note: your reservation fee of US $121.88 per person is 100 % refundable up to 24 hours in advance.  



Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership / ARNOVA Governance Call for Case Studies

Proposal abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2019

The Governance Section of ARNOVA and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership will continue in 2020 an ongoing relationship to publish teaching and research-based case studies examining contemporary nonprofit governance challenges. The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership publishes quality manuscripts to disseminate the latest knowledge related to nonprofit education and leadership to help develop theory and practice.  

Written and presented by leading scholars in the field, these case studies provide wonderful learning tools focused on governance in the classroom and in training workshop settings and are designed for instructors, consultants, students, board members, and executive directors. In addition to the case “story,” each case study includes an instructor/trainer guide and a student/training-participant study guide including a list of activities and discussion questions. In addition, submission must include a list of printed and electronic resources for both of the case study themes.

This year’s theme is Ethical Dilemmas in Nonprofit Governance.  Unethical behavior remains a persistent problem in the nonprofit sector and ethical challenges emerge in many forms: tainted money, compensation, conflicts of interest, appearances of impropriety, lack of transparency, internal controls, fundraising, and so on.


The formal Call for Case Studies, and submission requirements are available on the Governance Section page at



The ARNOVA Governance Section is pleased to announce its inaugural series of awards for research and service related to governance in the voluntary sector. 

·      2019 Award for Service to the ARNOVA Governance Section

·      2019 ARNOVA Governance Section Best Conference Paper Award

·      2019 ARNOVA Governance Section Best Student Conference Paper Award


Nominations and paper submissions are due November 1, 2019.  For complete information on each award, please visit the ARNOVA Governance Section on the website or contact


Each award will be announced at the annual section meeting at the 2019 ARNOVA conference.


2018-2019 Governance Section Leadership

Ruth Bernstein, Chair, University of Washington-Tacoma

Yvonne Harrison, Chair-Elect, University of Regina

Jeff Aulgur, Secretary, Arkansas Tech University

Cyrus White, Technology Guru, SCG Nonprofits

Cathleen Erwin, Treasurer, Auburn University

Kelly Leroux, University of Illinois at Chicago

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