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From Climate Change to Social Justice:

How Citizens are Re-Shaping Nonprofits and Philanthropy

in an Age of Disruption and Transition

November 12-14, 2020 | Indianapolis, IN


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Requirements For Poster Presentation Proposals

  1. Your required information as the proposer/author, which includes:
    -First & Last Name
    -Phone #
    -E-mail Address
  2. The same required information for any co-authors
  3. The title of the poster (20 word limit). Note: The submission system does not allow titles with all caps or all lowercase.
  4. The abstract of the poster (100 words or less)
  5. The narrative description (1000 words or less, including references) 
    1. Problem or issue that is being studied with a clear research question;

    2.  Topic’s relation to the state of knowledge in the field (including relevant literature);

    3.  Methodological approach (including analytical strategy and data sources);

    4.  Findings (for empirical papers) or new conceptual argument (for conceptual papers);

    5.  Contribution your work makes to the field;

    6.  Bibliographic references; and

    7.  Three keywords, in order of priority. For example, if geographic focus is most important, list the country or region first. If the paper is focused on transnational/international organizations or activities (e.g., INGOs, transnational activism) list that first. If the substantive focus is most important (e.g., nonprofit governance, philanthropic giving) list that first. Track chairs will use keywords to sort papers into sessions. 


All posters will be displayed on Thursday, November 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and will remain set up throughout the day. 


Conference attendees will be encouraged to examine the posters and talk with the presenters. 

Note: There is group appointed to look at all the posters, and a “Best Poster Award” is given at the Conference every year.  We ask presenters be at their posters during the scheduled 8 -9 am Poster Session time.  Posters must be taken down by 6 p.m. on Thursday.  Posters left after that will be discarded.


Content for Presentations

We suggest that the poster presentations be structured into the following section headings:

  • Rationale & Background: Place in context the background of your work
  • Aims & Objectives: Define clearly the stated aims and objectives
  • Methodology: Describe the process involved in carrying out the research or in developing your ideas
  • Findings: A brief synopsis of the overall findings/implications
  • Key References: Ensure that all sources in the presentation are clearly referenced
  • Pitch: Prepare a brief one minute summary of your work in order to engage viewers in conversation, and a handout  -- no longer than two pages -- with key points and contact information 

Preparation of the Actual Posters

Our goal is to be flexible regarding the poster guidelines, yet at the same time make sure that the posters will be attractive and easy to read. Posters should be NO MORE THAN 4 feet x 4 feet (or 122 cm x 122 cm) in size. Make sure that the font is large enough to be legible from a distance of at least 2-3 feet. We also suggest using graphics to help break up text and attract interest. Diagrams, photographs, pie/bar charts, line graphs, maps, etc. are welcome and may be presented in color or black and white. When planning your poster, please remember to allow room for the author's name and the title of the presentation at the top of each board and some space around the edges.


Setting Up / How and When 

Materials for affixing your poster to the stand on which it will be presented will be supplied by ARNOVA.  Do not use any other adhesive.  Each poster presenter will be responsible for attaching his/her own poster to the designated board and for removing it at the end of the session.  No liability can be taken for loss or damage to the material.


Please plan on setting up your poster either  Wednesday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. or Thursday morning from 7 – 7:30 a.m.   Supplies to hang your posters will be located in the Poster Session area. Please plan to have your poster displayed by 7:30 am.  


A reminder that you do not need to be a member of ARNOVA to submit a poster, but you must be an ARNOVA member to present and attend the conference.


All accepted presenters are expected to join ARNOVA and pay the conference registration fee. Check the ARNOVA website ( for current membership rates


Questions:  Contact Mary Kate Myers, Meeting Manager,















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