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#ARNOVA20 Conference Update: ARNOVA is going fully virtual!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020   (1 Comments)
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#ARNOVA20 Conference Updates


Dear ARNOVA members and friends

I wanted you to know as soon as possible that the Board of Directors has decided to proceed with an all-virtual conference for 2020. There will be no in-person component of the conference in Indianapolis this year. defines bittersweet as “both pleasant and painful”; I think I understand the term in a whole new way now. I’m truly excited by the possibilities that a virtual conference will afford to participants around the globe, even as I’m terribly sad that we won’t all be together in Indianapolis. And I’m sure those of you who have been coming to the annual conference for years are even more disappointed than I am.

Rest assured that we’re going to do everything we can to build a virtual experience that includes as many of your favorite components of the conference as we possibly can. There will be a virtual awards hall where you’ll get to see this year’s winners; we’ll have plenaries and the variety of breakout sessions that you’re used to seeing; we’re working on a virtual way to have those lovely “hallway conversations” when you unexpectedly run into an old friend walking from one place to another; and we’ve even had a request for virtual cocktail hours that we think we just might be able to pull off.

I know that, even while we all understand the need for caution in the face of the continuing global pandemic and related travel restrictions, many of you likely have concerns about your ability to engage fully using technology. And some of you are just plain “zoomed out.” I promise that we’re working on an engaging platform (not just a series of zoom links) that is easy and intuitive to use, and we’ll have lots of training options and tech support available prior to and during the conference. Bear with us for a few more weeks while we put together the final details (we didn’t want to act before the Board made its decision); we’ll reach out again in the coming weeks to share more and answer any questions.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Local Arrangements Committee in Indianapolis, in particular the committee Chair, David King, for the work they had already put into welcoming you all to Indianapolis. Our hope is to find a way to highlight the Indy community of nonprofits in some way virtually, so you can get a taste of the wonderful place they call home.

As you continue on your path, no doubt feeling at times troubled by civil unrest and perhaps others encouraged by small acts of kindness and generosity, I leave you with this thought,

“What gives me hope in these tenuous times is the knowledge that there is precedent for change and there’s precedent for hope. Hope has bred change again and again.”
-Ava DuVernay

Warm regards,

Executive Director




JON VAN TIL says...
Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020
I am sure we will all do our best to make this work. And, if I may make a suggestion, how wonderful it would be to celebrate the 50th anniversary conference in Indianapolis in 2021! Jon Van Til

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