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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.


Please visit each section's page for more information on how to enroll. Need more information? Visit the Sections FAQs, or click the links below to learn more about each section (must be signed in as a member of ARNOVA to view).



Signing up for sections can be done while completing your initial membership registration process. You can also sign up for sections while renewing your membership. Dues are $12 per section.


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Data and Analytics (DAS)

Our mission is to build a community of scholars committed to improving access to data and methodologies that advance research and practice in the nonprofit sector. Better data and better methods mean better scholarship and practice.


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Nonprofit Finance & Financial Management

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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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How do I join a member section?

You can join a section while joining or renewing your membership with ARNOVA. If you are already a member, you can join a section throughout the year with your preferred method:

  1. Click here to sign up for one or more sections online.
  2. Email us the PDF form or printing it out and mailing it to our offices at 441 West Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46202. 


How do I navigate a section homepage?

You can view each section homepage by hovering over the Sections tab in the website menu and selecting a section from the dropdown menu. Section homepages will offer a brief background, history and goals on each section, as well as a recent news feed, upcoming events, and additional information relevant to each section. Please note that you must be a member of the section in order to view the content. If you are not a member, please click here to see a section listing. 


How do I contact the section chair?

Each section homepage includes the contact information for the officers, which you can access as a signed-in member of ARNOVA. You can also contact the ARNOVA office directly by calling 317-684-2120 or by clicking here.


When does my section registration expire?

Your section registration expires when your ARNOVA membership expires, regardless of when it began. While renewing your membership, you will be able to renew section registration as well.


Interested in starting a Common Interest Group?

At ARNOVA, we support the organization and operations of smaller groups in the ways described here. Please refer to the manual for instructions and guidelines on how to prepare for your group's proposal and contact us at for further assistance. 


See a current listing of Common Interest Groups here


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