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2019 Symposium on Public Policy for Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Sponsored by ARNOVA and Independent Sector

Call for Policy Proposals to Strengthen the U.S. Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy

Submissions Due June 10, 2019

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and Independent Sector, invite researchers, nonprofit infrastructure and other leaders, and others who work to advance the nonprofit sector to submit policy proposals that would strengthen the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in the U.S. Submissions are due by June 10, 2019 (see below for guidance on what a policy proposal should contain and how to submit it). Following review, authors of selected policy proposals will be notified no later than June 21 of their invitation to a policy symposium in Washington, DC on July 29, co-sponsored by ARNOVA and Independent Sector. Authors may also be invited to take part in a session at the ARNOVA annual conference in San Diego on November 21-23. The selected authors will receive reimbursement of up to $600 to cover travel to the July 29 Washington, DC policy symposium and stipends of $250 for the final draft of their policy ideas due on January 15, 2020. Final versions will be posted on-line by ARNOVA, compiled in a publication, and/or otherwise made available to the public. We expect to award stipends and travel grants to 5-10 proposal authors.

Policy proposals should focus on issues affecting the overall nonprofit sector or broad portions of it and might speak to the following or other nonprofit policy concerns, at the federal, state, or local levels:


• Tax policy that affects charitable giving by donors of all backgrounds and economic levels

• Issues related to the tax-exempt status of nonprofits
• Oversight of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy
• How government is structured to address nonprofit issues
• Government laws/regulations related to nonprofit lobbying, electoral activity, or other issues

• Government contracting arrangements with nonprofits
• Foundation-related policy issues
• Government data about and affecting the nonprofit sector, including the quality, accessibility, timeliness, and transparency/privacy of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Census Bureau, and other government agencies

• Public policy that encourages civic participation, volunteerism, advocacy, and community service

• Government laws and regulations affecting nonprofit staff





Proposals are due on June 10, 2019 and should be submitted on-line on the ARNOVA website below. Submissions should include the following in a combined PDF document:

• A 1000-1500 word description of the policy idea, including why it is needed; how it would work; what it would accomplish, including who would be affected and how; what is required to implement the proposal (e.g., change in law/regulation, executive order, etc.,); and references to any papers or other sources that provide additional background on the proposal.
• The proposer’s resume or short CV.

For further information, please contact Alan Abramson (George Mason University), ARNOVA-IS Policy Symposium Co-Chair, at



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