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The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin and ARNOVA offer this annual award to encourage innovative, foundational research in the field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. This is not a typical research grant. The RGK Center-ARNOVA President's Award provides a $10,000 prize to a member of ARNOVA to support basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit and voluntary action studies. We are looking for new, creative work, and especially encourage projects that incorporate and apply insights, frameworks and theories from the social sciences to the study of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and volunteerism. One grant is made each year, assuming a worthy proposal is submitted. 

The Award recipient will be expected to produce a working paper that can be made available on the RGK Center website ( when finished, and a presentation of that paper can be made at the ARNOVA Conference the year it is completed. The recipient will be expected to produce the final paper within 12 months of the announcement of the Award.

Award recipient is required to attend the ARNOVA Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Hyatt Capitol Hill in Washington DC.  They will also serve on a panel to present their award winning research as part of a mini-plenary on the same day.

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Previous Recipients:


Gary Adler, Penn State, Damon Mayrl, Colby College, Rebecca Sager, Loyola Marymount University and Jonathan Coley, Oklahoma State University, "The Contexts and Beliefs of Bureaucrats: Regulation of Local Church-State Relationships in a New Era"

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 2018Catherine Herrold, Lilly Family School at IUPUI, "Resurrecting Civil Society?: Grassroots Organizations and Citizen Empowerment in Palestine"

Susan Appe, Binghamton University, SUNY and Allison Schnable, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, “Balancing the Professional with the Expressive: Organizational Learning and Grassroots International NGOs”

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Kelly LeRoux, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Racial Diversity and Organizational Performance in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector"

 2015Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta
 2014Jennifer Mosley
 2013Brad Fulton, Department of Sociology at Duke University, “Bridging and Bonding: How Religious and Racial Diversity Influence Organizational Effectiveness”
 2012Beth Gazley, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington, "The Rise of School-Supporting Nonprofits"
 2011Melissa Stone, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, "Toward Understanding Governance In Hybrid Organizations: The Case Of Minnesota’s Charter Schools"
 2010Eve Garrow, University of California, Los Angeles, "Competing Institutional Logics and the Dynamics of Institutionalization: A Comparative Case Study of Nonprofit Work Integration Social Enterprises"


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