Keep Nonprofit Studies Weird: History & Humanities at the 2018 ARNOVA Annual Conference in Austin

Editors’ Note: Today, the 47th Annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference meets in Austin, Texas. The conference planners have made a concerted effort to encourage more panels on humanities-related subjects (last year, they introduced a separate humanities track). HistPhil co-editor Benjamin Soskis will be there, participating on a panel on history and philanthropy and truffle-hunting for future HistPhil posts (please do say hello!). Here are some of the panels that caught our eye.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

America’s Philanthropic Foundations: Authors & Editors Meet Critics

Chair: James A. Smith, Rockefeller Archive Center


David C. Hammack, Case Western Reserve University

Steven Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association

Helmut Anheier, President, Hertie School of Governance


Thomas Adam, University of Texas at Arlington

James M. Ferris, The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

Megan Elizabeth Tompkins-Stange, University of Michigan


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


Institutional Philanthropy: Changing Forms and Ideas

Chair: Michelle Reddy, Stanford University


George McCully (Catalogue for Philanthropy), “The New Paradigm for Philanthropy?”

George E. Mitchell (Baruch College), Thad D. Calabrese (NYU Wagner), “Instrumental Philanthropy and the Problem of Institutional Design”

Susan D Phillips (Carleton University), Robyn Hoogendam (Carleton University), “Institutional Philanthropy Meets Community Wealth Building: The Role of Philanthropic Foundations in Developing Community Benefit Agreements in Canada”

Tobias Jung (The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good, University of St Andrews), “Giraffes, Cadavers and Supernovas: A Critical Examination of Foundation Metaphors”


2:00 – 3:30 PM

History and ARNOVA Reflections on History Books, ARNOVA and the Peter Dobkin Hall Prize

Chair: David C. Hammack, Case Western Reserve University


• Dwight F. Burlingame, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

• Amanda Moniz, Smithsonian Institution

• Patricia Rosenfield, Herbert and Audrey Rosenfield Fund

• Benjamin Soskis, The Urban Institute (and HistPhil)

• Jessica Elfenbein, University of South Carolina


3:45 – 5:15 PM

The State of Nonprofit Theory

Chairs: Curtis Child (Brigham Young University), Eva Witesman (Brigham Young University)


• Rikki Abzug, Ramapo College

• Richard Steinberg

• Megan LePere-Schloop, The Ohio State University

• Rebecca Nesbit, University of Georgia

• James M. Mandiberg

• Julie A Langer, Northern Illinois University

• Elizabeth A. Castillo, Arizona State University

• Michael P. Moody, Grand Valley State University

Friday, November 16, 2018


10:15 – 11:45 AM

Disaster Philanthropy and Nonprofit Impact on Strategic Planning, Relief, and Recovery

Chair: Beth Gazley, Indiana University-Bloomington


Michelle Meyer (Louisiana State University), “Nonprofit Organizational Operation in Long-Term Recovery Groups”

Gregory Witkowski (Columbia University), “Second Responders: The September 11th Fund and Relief in New York City”


10:15 – 11:45 AM

Roundtable: Why do we need critical nonprofit and voluntary action studies?

Chair: Jon Dean, Sheffield Hallam University

Discussant: Roseanne M. Mirabella, Seton Hall University


Jon Van Til (Rutgers University – Camden), “The strangled sector: Hungary and beyond”

Tracey Coule (Sheffield Hallam University), Jennifer E. Dodge (University of Albany, SUNY), Angela M. Eikenberry (University of Nebraska at Omaha), “Defining and applying critical nonprofit scholarship: What’s its nature and where is it published?”

Nuriel Heckler (University of Colorado Denver), “Whiteness and masculinity in nonprofit organizations”

Jon Dean (Sheffield Hallam University), “The nonprofit sector as a site of exclusion and inequality”


3:45 – 5:15 PM

Colloquium: What Can Program Officers Learn from the Past:

Chair: Gregory Witkowski, Columbia University


Patricia Rosenfield, Herbert and Audrey Rosenfield Fund

Barbara Shubinski, Rockefeller Archive Center

Andrea Johnson, Carnegie Corporation

Saturday, November 17, 2018


9:00 – 10:30 AM

Historical and Contemporary Challenges to Nonprofit Health and Social Services Provision

Chair: Ruth K Hansen, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


• Julia Marino, “Designing America’s Health System: Basil O’Connor, Public Relations, and the Crusade to End Polio in America”

• Kristine Ashton Gunnell (UCLA Center for the Study of Women), “Give Globally, Act Locally: The Daughters of Charity Foundation and Systemic Change, 1984-2015”

Maoz Brown (University of Chicago), “Historical Trends in the Development and Delegation of Human Service Outcome Measurement in the American Nonprofit Sector”

Lesley Hustinx (Ghent University), Nathan Wittock (Ghent University), “Missing Minorities in Blood Donation: A Conceptual Framework for Revisiting the Institutional Pillars of Altruism and Solidarity in Ethnically Diverse Societies”


9:00 – 10:30 AM

Philanthropy: East and West

Chair: Una Osili, Indiana University


Silvia C. Garcia (IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), Una Osili (Indiana University), Xiaonan Kou(IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), Cathie Carrigan (IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), “Measuring Enabling Philanthropic Environment across Countries”

Shariq Ahmed Siddiqui (ARNOVA), Rafia Khader (Indiana University – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), “Behind the Data: Examining Why U.S. Muslims Give Less to Religious Institutions and Causes”

Katherine Badertscher (IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), Dwight F. Burlingame (IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy), “Japan and U.S. Parallels in Industrialization and Philanthropy: The Case of Shibusawa Eiichi”

Abdulrahman Alhuthlul (Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University), “Why Saudi Charitable Foundations Are Not Interested to Fund Nonprofit Universities? Why Few Do?”


10:45 AM – 1215 PM

Civil society and social media

Chair: John P. Casey, Baruch College – CUNY


Richa Adhikari (Georgia State University), Esther Han (Georgia State University), Anmol Soni (Georgia State University), “Determinants of Successful Digital Action for Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations”

Jaclyn Schede Piatak (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Nathan E Dietz (Do Good Institute), Brice McKeever (Urban Institute), “Does Social Media Engagement Translate to Civic Engagement Offline? An Examination of Formal and Informal Volunteering”

Brice McKeever (Urban Institute), “Public Responsiveness to Social Media: Nonprofits and “Hashtag Activism”

Crystal Rachael Charles (University at Albany, SUNY), “Nonprofits and Social Media: A Theoretical Framework”

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