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Friday, June 29 2017

A Message from the President
"Dear ARNOVA Members,
The board met for its two-day retreat and we made a variety of decisions in our governance and strategic role. As part of a developing communications plan, we will give members a report after each board meeting to inform you of our outcomes, actions, and plans. Here are some highlights from the retreat demonstrating the board’s commitment to advancing ARNOVA’s mission and stewarding its resource..."

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ARNOVA News - Section News - Member News

This issue of ARNOVA News contains news from the organization, updates from several sections, and announcements by fellow ARNOVA members



Read the latest news and updates about your membership from ARNOVA

Board Elections

The ARNOVA elections are beginning soon! Every ARNOVA member is invited and encouraged to vote for their choice of candidates.
This year, members will vote for 5 open Member-at-Large positions. Balloting is conducted electronically (via the web). Instructions on how to submit votes will be emailed to all current and active members from Join or Renew now to make sure you don't miss this important election. 

Nominee Bios

ARNOVA-Africa & AROCSA Annual Conference

In the face of a rapidly changing global terrain, a major goal of this conference is to engage with the question of the ideal role of African CSOs in the pursuit of increased regional integration in Africa. The event is designed to provide a space of interaction and engagement between and among CSO practitioners from all the regions of Africa, as well as policy makers, students and members of the public. 

The conference takes place in Cairo, Egypt from July 26-28th. Click below to learn more and register now.

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Early Bird Registration & Extension on Presenter Deadline

Early Bird Registration for the Annual ARNOVA Conference in Austin, Texas is open through August 31st! Register now to save on this year's conference, "From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability" from November 15-17, 2018. 


Note: if you are presenting at this year's conference, the deadline to confirm has been extended to July 6, 2018. If you need assistance, please contact Mary Kate Myers at 

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Scholarships & Grants
ARNOVA is pleased to invite applications for six scholarships, grants and fellowships for this year's conference.

Visit to view the complete list of awards and scholarships and apply online!
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ARNOVA Career Center: FREE Postings For Members
Visit the ARNOVA Career Center to post job openings, find potential candidates, search openings and subscribe to new posting notifications.

View a list of all jobs currently posted, search for job postings that fit the characteristics you're looking for, have job postings automatically sent to your e-mail address, and/or post your resume for prospective employers. ARNOVA Members can now purchase and post job postings for free!  

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Sections News: End of Year Updates & Conference Recap


Read the latest news from ARNOVA Sections, including recent updates from the Teaching and Pracademics Sections.

Pracademics Section Scholarship

"Since the purpose of the Pracademics Section 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, the leadership team wanted to support individuals who are Pracademics members and/or new to ARNOVA by offering the Nancy Macduff Scholarship.

This application is not restricted to just Pracademics members, but open to everyone..."

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SEES Travel Grant

"PhD Student ARNOVA Conference Travel Grant: The Social Entrepreneurship/ Enterprise Section is developing a $250 travel grant to use towards expenses incurred to travel to the ARNOVA conference for PhD students. More information about this will be sent to ARNOVA and SEES members in September 2019..."

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TIBS: The End of Theory? The Place of Theory in Empirical Times

"Our section is putting together its new colloquium for ARNOVA 2018. The panelists will examine if theory development has been short-changed as excitement has increased for new research methods. Moreover, as access to empirical data increases, there may be more opportunity for the empirical revolution to overtake interest in theory..."

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VRADs Pre-Conference Session; Call for Nominations; Best Student Paper Award

"1) Please join us in Austin for our interactive Pre-Conference Session Wed. November 14, 6:30-8:30 pm titled: "The Role of Religious and Other Local Associations in Disaster Relief: Houston and Earlier New Orleans/Katrina Floods".
2) VRADs Call for Nominations: Interested in a leadership role with VRADs?
3) Reminder on Best Student Paper Award of $300."

Click to learn more about each

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Member News & Updates


Read the latest news submissions by ARNOVA members

Recent Publications on Community-Based Organizations

Brad Fulton

Fulton, Brad R. 2018. “Organizations and Survey Research: Implementing Response Enhancing Strategies and Conducting Nonresponse Analyses.” Sociological Methods & Research 47:240-76.

Wong, Eunice C., Brad R. Fulton, and Kathryn P. Derose. 2018. “Prevalence and Predictors of Mental Health Programs among U.S. Congregations.” Psychiatric Services 69:154-160.

Fulton, Brad R. and Richard L. Wood. 2018. “Civil Society Organizations and the Enduring Role of Religion in Promoting Democratic Engagement.” Voluntas (published online before print).

Willingness to Donate Survey

Margaret Sloan

If you have not already done so, please click the link below to participate in a survey by Margaret Sloan (James Madison University) and Cleopatra Charles (Rutgers University) that explores willingness to donate. The survey takes only 3-4 minutes to complete and participants can register for a five dollar Western Union gift card. Survey questions are related to association members’ preferred donation amounts when supporting professional associations (including those such as ARNOVA). Results of this survey will hopefully help inform dues-level decisions for association leaders.

Direct link to the survey.

Please contact Margaret ( or Cleopatra ( with any questions.

New Book: American Philanthropic Foundations: Regional Difference and Change

David Hammack

Several ARNOVA members contributed to this new book, edited by David C. Hammack & Steven Rathgeb Smith (Indiana U. Press)

Introduction David C. Hammack
1. New York Foundations, David C. Hammack
2. Philanthropic Funds in Baltimore, Jessica Elfenbein & Elise C. Hagesfeld
3. The Washington, D.C. Region’s Modest Foundation Sector, Alan Abramson & Stefan Toepler
4. Northeastern Ohio’s Collaborative Foundations, Elise C. Hagesfeld & David C. Hammack
5. Philanthropic Foundations in Chicago, Heather MacIndoe
6. The Rise of Grantmaking Foundations the South, Martin Lehfeldt & Jamil Zainaldin
7. The Foundations of Texas, Peter Frumkin & Heather MacIndoe
8. Foundations in Los Angeles, David B. Howard & Helmut K. Anheier
9. Foundations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Carol. J Silverman & Arleda Martinez
10. Washington State’s Foundations, Steven Rathgeb Smith, Beth L. Lovelady, Natalie C. Alm, and Kate Anderson

By Way of a Conclusion, David C. Hammack & Steven Rathgeb Smith

Appendix A: The Biggest Foundations, 1946, 1979, 2012
Appendix B: Community Funds and the Distribution of Smaller Foundations”

Research & Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Boston College

David Horton Smith

David Horton SMITH, ARNOVA Founder and Boston College, lectured 15 times at three universities in China in March: Nanjing University (Nanjing), East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai), and Soo Chow University as Keynote Speaker (Suzhou), being now an Honorary Visiting Professor at the last one. His 23rd book published in April is The Global Historical and Contemporary Impacts of Voluntary Membership Associations on Human Societies (Leiden, Netherlands, & Boston, USA: Brill). In April, he also won the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding academic achievements from Marquis Who’s Who, the original (1898), 120-year old organization that tracks individual achievement in all fields of activity. Two of his published articles have been translated into Chinese and are being re-published in the China Nonprofit Review.

SPEA Launches Study-Abroad Course In Denmark With Non-Profit Sector Focus

Jim Hanchett

From a meeting with the Danish Minister of Defense and a sitting member of the Danish Parliament to a bike tour through Copenhagen, about 15 Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) students are learning about Denmark’s culture and its nonprofit sector.
It is SPEA Bloomington’s first study abroad course focused on Scandinavian civil society and led by faculty members Kirsten Grønbjerg and Allison Schnable. The three-credit course, based at DIS Copenhagen, offers a comparative perspective on nonprofits and civil society.
The students are examining how Danish nonprofits are responding to global challenges, including the refugee crisis, religious pluralism, and climate change. In addition to lectures by SPEA faculty and Danish nonprofit and political leaders, the students are visiting political, historical, and nonprofit sites.

SPEA Professor Beth Gazley Honored For Dedication And Service

Jim Hanchett

Beth Gazley, a member of the ARNOVA Board of Directors, received Indiana University’s prestigious W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service. She was selected for the 2018 award from more than 4,000 faculty members on IU’s eight campuses.
The award recognizes faculty members who have been a “shining example” by their exceptional breadth of involvement in service to the university, to their profession, and to the public.
Best known for her groundbreaking research on nonprofit-government collaboration, Gazley also directs the IU-Bloomington Master of Public Affairs degree programs.
She is co-founder of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute and co-principal investigator on Prepared for Environmental Change, a Grand Challenge research program at IU.

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