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From Climate Change to Social Justice:

How Citizens are Re-Shaping Nonprofits and Philanthropy

in an Age of Disruption and Transition


November 11-13, 2020 | Convened Virtually  







We are excited to introduce a new experience thought our updated platforms. Here are a few tips to help get ready for #ARNOVA20!





When and where is the 2020 ARNOVA Conference?

The 2020 ARNOVA Conference is scheduled to take place on Nov. 11-13 and it will be convened virtually.   


Where and how will the virtual conference happen?

The virtual conference will take place on an online platform which is customized to allow attendees to engage with live and pre-recorded sessions, participate in live Q&As and chats, network with other conference attendees, schedule 1:1 appointments with exhibitors and other attendees through the dates of the virtual conference, and more.Registered attendees will be sent login information and will be able to join us from home, your office, or wherever!


What time zone will be used for the virtual conference?

Sessions will take place in Eastern Standard Time. We understand these times won’t be perfect for everyone. Most of the content will be available on demand 30 days after the conference dates.


When will Registration Open and what will it cost to attend?

Registration is open.  We encourage you to register early so you receive updated conference announcements and access to the virtual conference. Note: Although ARNOVA will offer a non-member rate this year, we required all presenters to be members to be able to present.


Member rateNon-member Rate 

$50 student member

$75 retiree member

$150 professional member, 

$300 BuyOneGiveOne* member

$130 student nonmember

$175 retiree nonmember

$350 professional nonmember

$700 BuyOneGiveOne* nonmember



*This fee helps to provide registration for members who are not able to afford conference registration due to financial constraints caused by the current pandemic and/or economic inequities.


How can I support other ARNOVAns who may not be able to afford the conference this year, given the pandemic?

We have created a BuyOneGiveOne registration rate so that those who have the means to support their fellow ARNOVAns can donate the cost of one registration when they purchase their registration.  The additional $150 is a tax-deductible donation.


What if I need to cancel my registration?

All cancellations and refund requests need to be made in writing no later than October 30, 2020 via email at There will be a $45 administrative charge for cancellations received prior to October 30, 2020. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER OCTOBER 30, 2020; however, substitutions will be accepted prior the start date. A written request will need to be sent to



Wait, isn’t Zoom free? Why should a virtual conference cost as much as an in-person conference?

This year, ARNOVA’s conference rates are actually less than half of previous years’ rates. The rate you are paying helps ensure a valuable experience for #ARNOVA20 attendees joining from all around the world.

Unfortunately, web technology for nearly 1000 attendees is not free – and a conference of this size requires us to hire an experienced technology company. We have hired Hubb, a professional virtual event company, to provide the platform and offer technological support and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

But, even more importantly, the most substantial expense of hosting the conference each year is the year-round staff time required to run the conference. ARNOVA has several full-time and part-time staff who spend the majority of their time preparing for the conference throughout the year – especially making sure that all of the things you know and love at the physical conference can still take place in some form in a virtual setting.

This year’s reduced conference fees help ARNOVA cover these costs, while hopefully helping to make this experience more affordable for our members all over the world. Without the cost of travel and hotels this year, we hope the total cost for conference participation will be much lower and more accessible for everyone this year!


When will I have access to the virtual event platform?

All registrants will receive an email notification from ARNOVA, when the platform is available one day before the start date of November 11.


How do I log in to the virtual event platform?

All registrants will be provided with custom log in credentials by ARNOVA, a few days prior to the event. You will use your credentials to log into the Platform for the entire conference.


Will sessions be recorded to access later?

Yes. All registered attendees will have access to the platform and any sessions for 30 days after the conference dates.


I am interested in being an Exhibitor, how do I get more information?

Exhibitors opportunities are listed on our Exhibitors page.


I am interested in being a Sponsor, how do I get more information?

Sponsors opportunities are listed on our Sponsors page.


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What is the deadline to confirm presentations?

All presenters need to confirm their presentation and agree with the virtual component disclaimers by July 30th. To confirm your presentation please go here.


Do ARNOVA presenters pay to attend the conference?

All session presenters need to be members of ARNOVA and pay the conference registration fee.  All presenters will need to be registered for the conference by Sept 17th.  Your registration will also serve as your access to the virtual conference platform so you can record and upload your session video.


How will presenters participate in the conference?

All session presenters will submit a pre-recorded video no later than Oct. 14 of their presentation/session and then be available during your scheduled time for a live Q&A/chat with session attendees.ARNOVA will provide specifics on how and where session participants will be able to record their session(s). We will also host training sessions for all presenters to include best practices and how to record a session and upload into the virtual platform.By participating as a presenter in this digital environment, you will have to agree to be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, please withdraw your participation.


I have never recorded a presentation, help!

ARNOVA will be scheduling a training webinar and putting together best practices and tips on how to prepare and present on screen.


Does ARNOVA has guidelines for presenters?

We will have updated guidelines available for presenters late August. You will be able to find them here.


How can I request changes to the presentation information (title, abstract, authors, affiliation)?

Changes to the submission information can be requested here until September 22nd


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How do I log in to the new submission platform?

Visit the submissions portal and click on your submission type to create a new account to begin submissions process.  You will need to create an account for each submission type (paper, colloquium, panel) however you can use the same email and password for each. 


Do I need to be a current member to submit or create an account?

No, you do not need to be a member to create an account in the system or to complete a submission for proposals and/or Awards & Scholarships.

For proposals submissions, you are not required to be a member to be considered in the committee’s review. Once accepted, you will need to become a member and register for the conference to present at the conference. Note: As an exception for 2020, submissions for non-members and members will close on the same date April 27.

For Awards & Scholarships, all awards nominees and scholarship applicants (Except for Undergraduate Scholars) are required to become active members by the submissions deadline of April 16May 27, 2020.

Can I use my ARNOVA membership credentials to log in?

No, you will need to create a new account to use this platform. This new account can be used to submit proposals of all kinds, as well as awards and scholarships.

How do I create an account?

Once you select the type of submission type (paper, colloquium or panel) you will be directed to the submission system.  In the top right corner of the page there will be a Log In prompt.  Click on this and a window will pop up asking you for your log in credentials.  At the bottom is a prompt: Need to Create An Account?  Click here and you will be prompted to create an account with your first name, last name, email address and password.  Passwords much be at least 1 letter, 1 number, 8-20 characters and no spaces. Once you create your account you will be directed to the submission page to begin your work.
NOTE:  If you are submitting into different submission types (i.e. you submit a paper and a panel) you will need to duplicate the account you created for your first submission. You will use the same email address and password you used for your first submission.

How do I reset my password?

Click “forgot password” to receive a link to reset your password.


How do I know if my submission or application was received?

You will receive a confirmation code via email. If you do not receive confirmation, please check your Spam/Junk filters or contact ARNOVA at or call us at 317-684-2120.


How do I update my personal information after the deadline?

To update your personal information after the deadline, please contact ARNOVA at or complete the Change Request Form



Proposal Submissions

Can I save or modify my submission?

Yes, you can modify or update your submission at any time until the deadline.


Do I have a set amount of time to complete my submission?

No, you have an unlimited amount of time to complete you submission.  If your screen is idle for too long, it will prompt you to make sure you are still working.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes, you may submit multiple proposals. Each proposal requires a separate submission.

I have a problem with my proposal submission. Who can I contact?

Please email or call us at 317-684-2120.

Proposal Submission Guide: Download



Award Applications

Can I save or modify my nominations/applications?

Yes, you can modify or update your application at any time until the deadline.


Can I save incomplete nominations/applications?

Incomplete submissions will be saved in your account for completion until the deadline.


Can I apply for more than one award or scholarship at once?

Yes, you can apply for multiple awards and scholarships. Each award and scholarship requires a separate application. Note: you may only accept one award and one scholarship.


Can I apply if I have accepted an award/scholarship in the past?

Please check the terms and conditions for each award here:


I have a problem with my application form. Who can I contact?

Please email or call us at 317-684-2120.


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