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Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a neutral,open forum committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. ARNOVA brings together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with research they can use to improve the quality of life for citizens and communities. Principal activities include an annual conference, publications, electronic discussions and special interest groups.

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ARNOVA Annual Conference

The annual conference brings together researchers, scholars and practitioners from around the world to present and discuss papers related to issues in nonprofit studies, voluntary action and philanthropy. This cutting?edge research presented at the conference helps build the body of knowledge about the sector and inform those working in the nonprofit sector.


ARNOVA publishes the: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the official journal of ARNOVA; ARNOVA News, a quarterly newsletter for members; and, ARNOVA Abstracts, a quarterly online publication containing short abstracts of interest to ARNOVA members. ARNOVA also produces an annual online CD containing the research abstracts submitted by members in conjunction with the ARNOVA annual conference.

In addition, ARNOVA has published three volumes in its Occasional Paper Series. The latest volume ? Research on Social Entrepreneurship: Understanding and Contributing to an Emerging Field ? sheds light on the most promising new approaches to researching social entrepreneurship, from both academics and practitioners, and covers the following topics: developing an evidence?based definition of and theoretical framework for social entrepreneurship research; the extent of institutionalization of the social enterprise field; methods for assessing the impact of social entrepreneurs' work; a comparison of social entrepreneurship in the United States and abroad; and a case study on a specific social enterprise. The volume concludes with recommendations for several promising areas of social entrepreneurship research, including new legal forms for hybrid organizations, capitalization of enterprise activity, the state of education for the next generation of social entrepreneurs, and international comparisons of social enterprise models.

The second volume ? Emerging Areas of Volunteering ? includes articles on episodic volunteering, virtual volunteering, cross?national volunteering, and employee volunteer programs. This volume also revisits two longstanding forms of volunteer involvement ? volunteering to government and volunteering to nonprofit organization boards of directors ? to propose theoretical or empirical advances in how we address these topics. Philanthropy in Communities of Color ? the first volume published in the Occasional Paper Series ? focuses on giving and volunteering traditions in communities of color.

ARNOVA also produces a quarterly electronic newsletter?ARNOVA E?News?that disseminates research findings that have application implications in the nonprofit sector. The newsletter is geared toward the practitioner.

Electronic Discussion Group

The ARNOVA-L listserv was established as an international electronic forum for anyone using or interested in nonprofit organizations, voluntary action or philanthropy, to facilitate the rapid sharing of concerns, interests, problems and solutions among interested scholars and practitioners.

ARNOVA Sections

ARNOVA has a number of special interest groups for members:

The Community and Grassroots Associations (CGA) Section of ARNOVA is a formal subgroup of ARNOVA members interested in community organizations grassroots associations, self-help groups, and other phenomena related to these kinds of groups, such as voluntary associations, all-volunteer groups, small paid-staff nonprofits, faith-based volunteer groups, volunteerism in independent groups, volunteer participation and motivation, social action/advocacy groups, social movement groups, smaller interest groups and citizen participation groups.

The Pracademics Section's purpose 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."

Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES) facilitates the interaction among ARNOVA members who are interested in increasing the level of research, debate, and understanding regarding organizations, projects, and activities/initiatives associated with social entrepreneurship and/or social enterprise. Broadly defined, these terms refer to initiatives that are associated with aspects of innovation and modes of earned income generation by nongovernmental organizations (i.e., nonprofit organizations).

The Teaching Section of ARNOVA provides a forum for discussion, information sharing, networking and research among those who teach about the nonprofit sector and philanthropic studies. This section attempts to build a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving the teaching and learning of nonprofit sector and/or philanthropic studies.

Theories, Issues, and Boundaries (TIBS) explores the broad and fundamental questions related to the nature and identity of the field of nonprofit studies. This involves examining, discussing, and debating its epistemological, philosophical, and political dimensions and assumptions. This endeavor will provide critical analysis that will hopefully influence future research agendas, both theoretically and practically oriented.

Future Association Activities

With more than 1,200 members strong. ARNOVA is continuing on its upward path as it serves its many members, who are dedicated to fostering through research the creation, application and dissemination of knowledge on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.

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