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The purpose and operations of Sections & Common Interest Groups

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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ARNOVA Sections

Community and Grassroots Association (CGAP)

The Community and Grassroots Associations (CGAP) Section welcomes members of ARNOVA who share an interest in community organizations, grassroots associations, self-help groups, faith-based groups, cooperatives or social movement groups or any and all kinds. Such voluntary and grassroots efforts are seen as essential for the creation of social capital, and especially, for the creation of a functioning model of participatory- democratic organization to develop and take hold, in our society or in any.

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Pracademics Section

According to the bylaws of the section, its 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." This section grew out of discussions among a small group of ARNOVA members during the summer of 2005. An organizing meeting held at the 2005 conference drew over 40 people, with another 16 expressing their support via e-mail. At the 2006 conference, a colloquy entitled "Building Stronger Academic-Practitioner Partnerships: A Conversation about Attitudes, Perceptions and Strategies" featured some of the founding members of the section describing the nature of successful collaborations they had fostered, emphasizing what made these connections work.

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Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES)

Around the world, instances of social entrepreneurship and enterprise are attracting great interest within policy and practitioner communities. 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). This new field of study is growing quite controversial as academicians and practitioners seek to discover and begin discussion of associated activities, history and theoretical paradigms. Moreover, discussions within the literature of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise approaches and achievements have been unbalanced with the aspirational and prescriptive notions running ahead of grounded analysis.

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Teaching Section

The Teaching Section of ARNOVA is a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to improving and furthering teaching and learning focused on the nonprofit sector, voluntarism, and philanthropy. Our community provides a forum for networking, information and resource sharing, building teaching capacity, as well as fostering and disseminating related research. We hold a series of events in conjunction with the annual ARNOVA conference, sponsor a LinkedIn group which supports community dialogue during the year, and conduct other related activities.

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Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS)

Welcome to the Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS). Here we offer you an opportunity to share and explore theory, issues, and boundaries considerations that concern you in your research and practice, whether in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, or any other region.

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

The VALUES SECTION seeks to provide a home within ARNOVA 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. Values can range from very beneficial, altruistic, and "good," to those forms that are harmful, self-serving, and "evil" at the other extreme.

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