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ARNOVA seeks to build a community of inquiry and discourse about research and teaching on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. We recognize the value of having smaller communities organized by common interests within the larger Association to nurture members and relationships in this work. To foster this we support the organization and operations of these smaller groups in the ways described here.


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Community and Grassroots Association (CGA)

Interest in community organizations, grassroots associations, self-help groups, faith-based groups, cooperatives or social movement groups of any and all kinds.


Early Scholars Section (ESS)

A community that 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


Governance Section

Interest in supporting a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering governance in and around nonprofit organizations and networks in the context of philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action.

Pracademics Section

Interests in the connections between research and practice, and furthering the mission of ARNOVA by translating research for practice and helping to develop diverse leadership.


Public Policy, Politics, and Law (PPPL)

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.

Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES)

Interests in all aspects of social and strategic innovation for public service, especially among nonprofits, and in modes of earned income generation by nongovernmental organizations.

Teaching Section

A community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering teaching and learning focused on the nonprofit sector, voluntarism, and philanthropy.

Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS)

Interest in sharing and exploring theoretical perspectives on and boundaries around the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, and civil society; and in the application of knowledge  to the same in varying settings and conditions.

Values, Religion, Altruism, and Drawbacks Section (VRADS)

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.






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ARNOVA is a leading interdisciplinary community of people dedicated to fostering through research and education, the creation, application and dissemination of knowledge on nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society and voluntary action.

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