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Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management Section

The mission of the Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management Section is to provide a forum for discussing, promoting, and disseminating scholarship related to finance and financial management, broadly defined, in nonprofit organizations. The Section encourages participation across geographical and methodological boundaries.


Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management Section Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Marina 6.


Public Policy, Politics, and Law Section

The ARNOVA Section in Public Policy, Politics, and Law (PPPL) provides a forum for discussing, promoting, and disseminating scholarship related to relationships between governments and nonprofits and for professional networking, both among researchers and between researchers and policy practitioners. The section is broad in scope in terms of disciplinary perspectives, geographic contexts, and the types of research discussed and promoted, including both application-oriented research and more traditional academic scholarship on the wide range of intersections between nonprofit organizations and public policy, politics, and law.



Public Policy, Politics and Law Section (PPPL) Membership Meeting 

  Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45 pm, Marina 2.


Teaching Section

The Teaching Section of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering teaching and learning focused on nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society, and voluntary action. Our community provides a forum for networking, information and resource sharing, building teaching capacity, as well as fostering and disseminating related research.


Teaching Section Pre-conference Session: Teaching AND Learning: Engaged Scholarship in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropic Education

Wed, November 20, 7:00 to 9:00pm, Executive Center 1


Teaching Section Colloquy: Experiential Learning in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies Education

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Spinnaker 2


Teaching Section Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Spinnaker 2


Values, Religion, Altruism, and Drawbacks Section

VRADS, or better known as the VALUES Section, seeks to provide a home within ARNOVA for those scholars of the Voluntary Nonprofit Sector (VNPS), broadly conceived, who are engaged in theoretical and/or empirical exploration of the role of values in the sector. Values can range from very beneficial, altruistic, and "good," to those forms that are harmful, self-serving, and "evil" at the other extreme.



VRADS Pre-conference Session: The Dark Side of the Nonprofit Sector: Polarization in Contemporary Society

Wed, November 20, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Executive Center Room 4



VRADS Colloquy: The Role of Religion in International Development Studies: Theory and Praxis

Fri, November 22,  2:15 to 3:45 pm Nautilus 4


VRADS Colloquy: Civil Society and Religious Pluralism in a Polarized Nation

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marina 5


Values, Religion, Altruism and Drawbacks (VRADS) Membership Meeting

Sat. November 23, 7:30 - 8:30 am, Room 515


Early Scholars Section

The purpose of Early Scholars is to proactively support the processes of entering scholarship, and, thus, the ARNOVA forum and nonprofit scholarship, with professional confidence by creating a visible scholarly community as a community of practice producing relationships, a sense of belonging, support, and shared control through a spirit of inquiry.  Early Scholars seeks to mirror best practices in nonprofit scholar and professional identity development by building an awareness of scholarly capability that will sustain successful advancement of our members. 


Early Scholars Section Membership Meeting

Thu, November 21, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Conference 1




Community and Grassroots Association

The Community and Grassroots Associations (CGA) Section welcomes members of ARNOVA who share an interest in community organizations, grassroots associations, self-help groups, faith-based groups, cooperatives or social movement groups or any and all kinds. Such voluntary and grassroots efforts are seen as essential for the creation of social capital, and especially, for the creation of a functioning model of participatory- democratic organization to develop and take hold, in our society or in any.


CGA Section Colloquy: Community and Grassroots Partnerships in San Diego: Understanding Opportunities and Challenges for Policy Change

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Seabreeze 1


Community Grassroots Association (CGA) Section Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Seabreeze 1


Governance Section

The Governance Section actively promotes the exchange of information and learning throughout the academic, consulting, and practitioner communities that advance the study of nonprofit governance around the world. 


Governance Section Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Seabreeze 2


Governance Section Dinner

Fri, November 22, 7:00pm, Stone Brewing World Bistro

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116

San Diego, California 92106


  • $35 registration fee is inclusive of two free drinks (draft beer or house wine) and dinner.

To register:


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Governance Section Colloquy: The Governance of University and Community Engagement

Sat, November 23, 10:45am to 12:00pm, Seabreeze


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.


Governance Section Symposium: Voices from the Field

Sat, November 23, 12:00 to 2:00pm, Seabreeze


Immediately following the Governance Section Colloquy and lunch, 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.



Governance Section Walk/Run in Balboa Park

Sat, November 23, 3:00pm, Hotel lobby


Meet in the hotel lobby at 3:00 pm where for a guided walk with Ruth Bernstein or run with Yvonne Harrison around Balboa Park.



Governance Section Harbor Dinner Cruise

Sat, November 23, 6:15 to 9:15pm, Hotel lobby


Join on a 3-hour San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise! To make your reservation(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.  




Ethical Dilemmas in Nonprofit Governance

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.


Abstracts due October 15, 2019.

Complete case studies due February 29, 2020.


Please click here for submission guidelines.


Pracademics Section

Our mission is "to build more effective academic-practitioner relationships in order to foster and disseminate high quality research and strengthen nonprofit management education, community service, voluntary action, and philanthropic studies." Since 2006, the Pracademics Section has hosted two research sessions each conference. In 2014, the Pracademics section finalized their strategic plan to coincide with ARNOVA’s mission.


Pracademics Section Colloquy: Formalizing the Relationship Between Practitioners and Academics – Making the Data Connection

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Spinnaker 1


Pracademics Section Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Spinnaker 1




Pracademics has its own LinkedIn discussion group, which you can join here. Use the Pracademics page on the ARNOVA website for more information. 


Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section

The mission of the Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES) is to facilitate the interaction among ARNOVA members who are interested in increasing the level of research, debate, and understanding regarding organizations, projects, and activities/initiatives associated with social entrepreneurship and/or social enterprise.

The SEES section has been established as a forum for sharing research on the practice, policy and theory associated with its mission.


SEES Section Colloquy: Making Sense of Social Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Spectrum of Social Good

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marina 3


Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES) Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Marina 3


SEES Section Dinner

Fri, November 22, 6:45 pm


Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section

We are a section of over 100 members representing a broad range of disciplines, an international/global scope, and interest in comparative analysis. We are committed to working in and welcoming diverse communities and thus provide a unique setting for cross-fertilization of theoretical ideas, frameworks, and approaches.

The Section plays a leadership role in the dissemination of this scholarship both to the membership and to the broader community of scholars and practitioners. Our group includes both veteran ARNOVA scholars and those who have more recently entered our field--and all are welcome to join us.


TIBS Colloquy: Nonprofit Theories in Non-Western Contexts: What Have We Learned about Their Applicability?               

Fri, November 22, 4:00 to 5:30pm, Marina 4


TIBS sponsored lightning research roundtable: “Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Advance Theory in a Polarized World”

Friday, Nov. 22, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Room 511


Colloquium organized by TIBS members “The Future of Nonprofit Theory”

Friday, Nov. 22, 2:15 to 3:45 pm, Room 514


Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS) Membership Meeting

Fri, November 22, 5:45 to 6:45pm, Marina 4




Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award by Theory, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS)


TIBS is calling its membership to submit their 2019 ARNOVA conference papers for the Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award. The Award recognizes the profound contribution by Felice to both TIBS and ARNOVA, with a special emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. 

The Award will recognize current research that represents a strong promise for contribution to our knowledge of theory, issues, and/or boundaries. Submissions should be a full and complete manuscript with a clear focus on advancing theory or boundaries, and reflection of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. At least one paper author must be a current TIBS member. 

A manuscript must be less than 8,500 words and accepted to the 2019 ARNOVA Conference. Submissions are due by October 15 via e-mail

Questions? Please contact David Berlan: or 850-645-1914.


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