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The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance

The 2017 Governance Conference for Practitioners and Researchers


Convened by

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

University of Missouri – Kansas City


The Nonprofit Quarterly 

April 27-28, 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. 

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and The Nonprofit Quarterly, in collaboration with the Governance Section of ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, are pleased to announce and invite proposals for research paper presentations for their 2017 Biennial Conference on Nonprofit Governance.  

This year’s conference theme, The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance, reflects both our appreciation for and recognition of the need to continue to grow our understanding of this important field.  Research on nonprofit boards and governance has developed substantially in the past decade, and we are learning more every year as scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and fields provide important new insights and knowledge about governance and the work of boards.  For all of our progress, however, we still have much to learn, especially about the practice of governance and the work of boards in the myriad of different contexts and organizational types.  How does governance differ in settings as different as associations and member-serving organizations, federations and networks, collective impact initiatives, multi-level organizations and systems, and even social movements?  This conference challenges practitioners and researchers to come together to examine from multiple perspectives how we engage in governance and how governance and the work of boards is and will continue to be evolving in these challenging and dynamic times. 

This highly participative conference will employ the Midwest Center model that has been successful for previous academic-practitioner conferences.  It serves as a relatively intimate gathering of those who are serious about sharing and shaping governance ideas and learning, and it offers opportunities for formal and informal discussion and dialogue among the researchers, consultants, executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing these challenges.  Central to the conference is sharing insights generated in recent governance research.  Equally central are the opportunities for dialogue that enables us to build on and look beyond the theory and research, as experienced leaders who are exploring new and innovative strategies and approaches in their communities and organizations share their perspectives in facilitated and informal discussions.  Half of the conference sessions will be facilitated (non-presentation) dialogue sessions, each focused on a specific issue or topic of interest.   Among the key topics we expect to explore at this year’s conference:


The Changing Nature of Governance in a Digital Environment

How is the digital environment changing the nature and content of governance and the ways that boards engage, work with, and ensure accountability to constituents and stakeholders?  How and in what ways are social media and social networking changing the dynamics of governance, and what are the implications of these changes affecting the work of boards and other governance structures?


Social Entrepreneurship, Hybrid Organizations, and Governance

Governing boards are mandated to behave as prudent stewards of resources, yet we continue to exhort them to be entrepreneurial.  What constitutes entrepreneurial board behavior?  How are boards responding, and what are the implications of such expectations for boards and the practice of governance? As nonprofit and for-profit forms of enterprise continue to blur, what are we learning about social enterprise governance that might help us understand the similarities and differences of governance for each?


Governance in Networks and Multi-Organizational Alliances

There is growing use of new and unique forms of organization and organized action, including various forms of networks and distributed systems of service delivery (including collective impact and community engagement governance initiatives).  How is governance in these forms and contexts similar and different, and what are the implications of these for process and social impact?   


Governance in Associations and Other Member-Benefit Organizations

A significant share of the research and writing on governance and boards has focused on public benefit and community-serving organizations, yet there are many other kinds of organizations that have received relatively less attention.  How does (should?) governance and board work compare differ in associations, cooperatives and collectives, and other member-serving organizations?  What might we learn from governance research and board practice in these kinds of organizations? 


The Blurring of Nonprofit and Public Sector Governance

What are we learning as we continue to examine the relationships between governance in civil society (and the public sector) and governance in nonprofit organizations, and what challenges and issues emerge at the intersections of external and internal governance? Are there overarching frameworks that may be useful to help us understand governance across all sectors and levels?


The Future of Research on Nonprofit Boards and Governance

As we identify and work to understand all of these kinds of challenges and dynamics, are we developing new research models or methods that are better suited to the next generation of governance research?  What remains essentially unexamined or under-examined?


These topics illustrate many (though certainly not all) of the kinds of questions and issues that we are likely to explore at the 2017 conference.   We welcome and invite papers that focus on any aspects of nonprofit governance and boards, including governance of public-benefit charities, grant-making foundations, associations, and social enterprises.  We consider papers that are empirical, papers that are conceptual, and prescriptive papers that are based on theory and research.  Accepted presentations are 15 minutes in length and at least one presenter must register for and participate in the full conference.


The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 23, 2017.  Proposals should be no more than 3 pages.  For empirical papers, proposals will include a statement of the issue(s) to be considered, an overview of the relevant literature, a statement of the methods used and a summary of the anticipated results.  Proposals for conceptual papers should not exceed 3 pages and must include a statement of the issue(s) to be considered, an overview of the relevant literature, a statement of the thesis or theses to be developed, and how these add to our understanding.  Please send proposals to Review Coordinator, Cindy Laufer. They may be sent as email attachments to: or mailed to the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, The Bloch School of Management, 5110 Cherry, Suite 310, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31, 2017.


About the Conference

The conference begins on Thursday morning, April 27, 2017, and runs through mid-afternoon on April 28.  Conference and lodging will be at the Embassy Suites on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.  Registration for the conference will open January, 2017. 


Questions about the conference may be directed to conference co-directors, David Renz ( or Brent Never (



The 10th International Critical Management Conference Liverpool, UK:  3-5th July 2017

“Civil Society Organisations: Democratic Alternatives in Action”

Please go to  for the full call to papers

From Tocqueville onwards, Civil Society has been celebrated as an important site for democratic renewal, encouraging participation and critical thought and enabling individuals and groups to hold the State to account.  However, increasingly this image is being questioned by critical scholars who argue that the context in which CSOs operate and the way many are run undermines their capacity for democratic renewal.

In this stream we want to take up these issues and from a critical (and affirmative) perspective, examine the possibilities of CSOs as sites of democracy and participation, which offer democratic forms of organizing can offer an counter-discourse on which alternative forms of conceptualising CSOs and new forms of practice are rethought. We invite contributions that offer ideas on ways of advancing democratic and participatory organizational, processes and practices or even more radical ways of (re)framing CSOs. We therefore encourage, but do not restrict contributions addressing the following:


1.       What are the possible alternative models and practices of organizing away from business-like forms of organizing?

2.       What is the role of the critical scholar in engaging with CSOs? Should critique be taken from a distance or are more direct forms of engagement    possible and/or desirable?

3.       What are the ways of reconceptualising Civil Society that might produce radical forms of change? Are there dangers that might underlie such radical forms?

4.       How do the various funding environments that CSOs operate in shape their capacity for democratic organizing? Are the pressures towards professionalism operate differently in different contexts, i.e. countries, fields, or funding regimes? How does this shape their capacity to organize democratically?


The Convenors

Daniel King, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University,>

Tracey Coule, Reader at Sheffield Hallam University,>

Ellen Bennett, Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University,>

Jennifer Dodge, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy at University at Albany,>

Enquires or submissions please contact Daniel King. We welcome submissions in particular from early career researchers, Doctoral Students and practitioners.

Deadline for submissions

Abstracts of 1000 words including references, should be submitted to the lead convener,> by 31st January 2017.

Decisions for acceptance to the stream will be communicated to the lead author by the 28th February 2017 at the latest. Full papers must be submitted by 1st June 2017 to be included in the programme.





Special Issue Call for Papers

Title of Journal:         Management Decision

Special Issue Title:       Organizing for social innovation: tensions and paradoxes of managing social and collective enterprises


Guest Editors:

Emmanuel Raufflet

Valérie Michaud

Chris Cornforth



Social innovation has gained a central place in research, public policy, and for the economy (in organizations).


On the research front:  Several social innovation research centers have been created recently in North and Latin America and Europe, based on different intellectual traditions/ disciplines, as well as research methods (from more participatory to more classical research methods). A recent open book maps these advances (See attach).


On the public policy front: several governments have elaborated and funded social innovation policies including the European Union, the Government of Quebec, Canada among others.


On the economic front: in the context of post-industrial societies and economies, social innovation is recognized as a source of value creation for society, territories, organizations as well as a novel way to address complex challenges for which classical economic paradigms are not best suited.


Yet not only is the social innovation topic timely, the challenges of managing social enterprises (where lots of social innovation take place) and their inherent paradoxes also appear of particular relevance. More specifically, we observe two blooming communities of scholars, which we aim to bring together through this special issue.


The first one is interested in the management of organizational tensions and paradoxes. This community is highly dynamic, and fast growing. As case in point, the all-time record for submissions generated for a special issue of Organization Studies was recently set by a special issue on the paradox topic. Institutionally speaking, 2015 was also marked by approval, by the EGOS board, of a dedicated “standing-working group” status for the paradox subtheme. The paradox community covers a wide range of paradoxes: exploration-exploitation, control-autonomy, continuity-change, just to name a few. Our proposed special issue would generate new insights on some paradoxes that have more recently gained interest - the tensions between social and financial goals - and on others that have, to our knowledge, not yet been explored in the paradox literature, such as the paradoxes between innovation and institutionalization, common to social innovation processes of diffusion, through scaling up projects. 


The second community is composed of researchers interested in social enterprises, whether these are individual or collective initiatives, hybrids and other pluralistic organizations that foster social innovation. While the social enterprise management literature often refers to the social-purpose business US model, in Europe and Quebec, traditionally, the focus has been on social and solidarity organizations (co-operatives, nonprofits).


This special issue of Management Decision


By adopting an explicitly open conception of the organizational forms in/for which social innovation can emerge, this special issue aims to encourage comparisons and dialogue between communities of researchers on social enterprises, largely defined.  It will focus more particularly on the challenges of organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises with the following three guiding questions:


Organizing/organizations and social innovation: What are the forms, processes and impacts of organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises? What forms of organizing are more prone to generating social innovation? How do social enterprises (largely defined) organize and shape the dynamics between social innovation and social transformation?


Social innovation in/between sectors, and for social transformation:

To what extent does social innovation in social enterprises differ in its antecedents, processes, and outcomes from social innovation that emerges in other sectors (traditional for-profit, government) in which it emerges? What are the potential and limitations of social innovation through inter-sectoral collaboration involving social enterprises?


Social innovation and tensions:

What are the concrete tensions experienced in organizing (for) social innovation in social enterprises? How are they managed? Does their management differ according to the type of social enterprise studied (e.g. BCorps, co-operatives, nonprofits, hybrids and cross-sector collaborations, etc.)

How is the innovation-institutionalization tension experienced and dealt with, as local, grassroots projects are being scaled up and social franchises developed? And finally, does social innovation generate tensions, or is this the other way around, in social enterprises?


Submission Procedure:


Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:


Please visit the author guidelines for the journal at:


Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on page four of the submission process.


Key Dates:

Submission Deadline:                   January 2017

Expected publication date:           Early 2018




ERNOP Conference Update

On July 13-14, 2017, the European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP) will organize its 8th international conference at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. The following headlines gives you an update on this upcoming event, that promises to be the most inspiring event on European philanthropy research of the year.


Deadline for proposals February 17, 2017

For the ERNOP Conference 2017, submissions of a short abstract and the full working paper are required. Please submit your abstractat the conference webpageby February 17, 2017. The full call for proposals can be downloaded here.



In order to address thediversification of the how of philanthropy, the ERNOP board is pleased to present the keynote speakers that will share their experience and knowledge at the upcoming conference.We look forward to be inspired by them and to alively discussion with the audience. Keynotes at the ERNOP conference will be Helmut Anheier (Hertie School of Governance, Germany), Sarah Smith (University of Bristol, United Kingdom) and Flemming Besenbacher (Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark). More information can be found here.


PhD Workshop July 12

The future of our field of research is in the hands of our students. Investing in the next generation of researchers is an important instrument to increase the quality of research. Therefore we are happy to announce that ERNOP is organizing a pre-conference workshop for PhD candidates in their initial stage of their research. The goal of the workshop is to help PhD candidates design their dissertation plans and provide them with feedback from ERNOP mentors and the other PhD students. Application is open for all, but ERNOP members receive preferential treatment. More information can be found here.


Pre-conference event July 12

A wide variety of philanthropies operates around Europe, but little is known about their actual societal significance and social impact – not only in terms of intended output, but also measured as unintended outcomes and side effects. What and how do foundations contribute to society? Is it always gold that glitters? On July 12, Copenhagen Business School will host a pre-conference event that will address these questions. ERNOP conference participants are much welcome to join the discussion. More information about the event can be found here.





ISTR Africa Network (ISTRAN) Conference

Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa: Contexts, Contradictions, Possibilities


Date: June 21 - 24, 2017, Accra, Ghana

Venue/Hosts: West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

Call for Papers

The conjoining of civil society and philanthropy automatically invokes an eclectic mix of analytic and philosophic questions. For example: how can civil society organizations promote a culture of giving? Does charitable giving boost or enervate the civic impulse? How and under what conditions do agents traverse the civic and philanthropic terrains, and what forms of collaborations are possible between the two? What, in a deliberate amplification of the canvas, are the proper limits of collaboration between the state and charities, and who gets to draw them? Last but not least, how have the histories of civil society and philanthropic organizations been entangled in Africa, and what are the possibilities for the transformation of the nongovernmental space on the continent? 

Until now, these and other important research and policy questions have been more or less glossed over in the relevant scholarship. For one thing, not only is interest in civil society of recent vintage, its intellectual obsessions are radically different. For another, academic interest in the philanthropic sector in Africa remains, a recent surge notwithstanding, episodic, not least because giving, being deeply enfolded into the ample fabric of everyday African informality, is not generally seen as worthy of systematic analysis or theorizing.  

The broad aim of this conference is to kick-start the process of taking seriously these and other critical questions occupying the civil society-philanthropy interface. To this end, we invite theoretical, philosophical and empirical submissions drawing on the best investigative traditions and approaches from the entire spectrum of the social sciences, including, but not necessarily limited to, economics, history, psychology, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and anthropology. Papers may be ethnographic, comparative, statistical, regional, national, or strictly theoretical in their approaches. Whilst submitters are encouraged to take issue with and pursue the implications of the foregoing questions from their respective intellectual standpoints, it is also important that they see them (i.e. the questions) as mere provocations to thought, and not limits or constraints that the conference organizers seek to impose.      

As such, we would be delighted to receive papers that trouble the consensus around the ‘goodness’ of charity, say, or propose to take us to the so-called dark side of philanthropy, with critical detours at the intersection  of international aid and donor dependence. Other issues upon which researchers are invited to reflect are: the role of religion and spirituality in civic mobilization and charitable giving; the fundaments, possibilities, and contradictions of corporate philanthropy; conditions of partnership among civil society organizations, charitable bodies, and the state; the relationship between formal and informal giving in Africa, and the distinctions between philanthropy in Africa and African philanthropy; time, temporalities and geographies of giving; the ways in which both civil society and philanthropic organizations can advance an intellectual and policy agenda to tackle the pressing challenges of our time, especially terrorism, climate change, and persistent gender inequalities; and finally, and within a strictly philosophic register, the ways in which charitable and civil society organizations can work towards the reshaping of the African political imagination.  

 Abstracts for papers that speak to these issues should be submitted to Dineo Seabe

(  by February 28, 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will then be invited to submit completed papers by May 15, 2017 at the latest.


A limited number of scholarships is available for graduate students in African institutions and will be awarded solely on the basis of need. Submitters of abstracts should indicate interest at the time of submission. 




Call for papers and panels for ISIRC 2017 - Beyond Boundaries? Organisations, Systems and Social Innovation

The International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is the premier multi-disciplinary research conference on social enterprise and social innovation. The 9th annual ISIRC will take place in Melbourne, Australia, December 12-14 2017. ISIRC is a dynamic and inclusive event, bringing together researchers at all stages of career, from multiple disciplinary perspectives and a wide range of countries.

Social innovations are often presented as solutions to wicked social problems, operating across sectors, and disrupting traditions of policy and practice. Social innovations - including social enterprise, design-led service creation and citizen co-production – are initiated within, between and beyond the bounds of established organisational forms.  Redefining boundaries creates new opportunities for combining wisdom and resources for progressive social change. Yet, critical scholars have observed that many popularised social innovations are limited in their focus on systemic change, and subject to isomorphic pressures from government and commercial interests. Others have argued that individual social innovations are limited in their effectiveness without wider systems-thinking in the design of social innovation policy and practice.

The ninth annual International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC 2017) – in partnership with SIERC and EMES - will explore social innovation within and beyond the organisation. It invites research-led reflection on the organisational boundaries recast by social innovation, the systemic imperatives of a growing focus on social innovation, and the implications of these for theory and practice. Empirical, conceptual and practice-informed research contributions are encouraged.

The call for papers and panels is found here. Details about the conference and the call for papers are also available at the conference website. Submissions are due by March 10, 2017. We look forward to seeing some of you at ISIRC 2017.



Call for Papers

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Vol. 9, Issue 4 of The Foundation ReviewThis issue will be an open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organized philanthropy are invited.

Submit abstracts to by March 15, 2017. If a full paper is invited, it will be due June 30, 2017 for consideration for publication in December 2017.



Special Issue:  Nonprofit Management in Transition in Administrative Sciences

Nonprofit management is both an academic field of study and a profession. Nonprofit management is unique in a wide range of management issues, including accountability, networking, volunteer HR practices and recruitment, organizational change and crisis, performance, and lobbying.

Nonprofit management includes theories that explain the nature and the behaviour of non-profit organizations and describe their role in society.

Nonprofit management reflects the effect of internal and external constraints. The relationship with the government and business settings, the application of for-profit practices and the adoption of efficient practices in times of economic crisis, as well as the development of HR practices.

In the present Special Issue, we seek to cover empirical and conceptual studies in the area of Nonprofit management. We welcome contributions—empirical, conceptual and case studies related to all the above and not only aspects of non-profit management. We are particularly interested on the evolution of management practices following the global economic crisis. How have non-profit organizations responded, what administrative changes have been introduced, and what measures of success they use to assess the degree of performance?

Prof. Dr. Rita Mano, Guest Editor

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2017

Special Issue Information:



Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD is one of the leading organiser of several successful annual international academic trainings and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights which these events bring together state, private and public sector representatives.
Its pleasure for us to invite you to join the next 10-20 Days International Summer Academy and 3 Month CAS-Research Program which will be held in Switzerland.
During the Summer Program 2017 experienced experts of IPD will share with you professional and academic skills about Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Security, Intercultural Dialogue & Human Rights topics. This year we include also 1 day to trip Zurich City for Sightseeing and have lunch together.
Depends from the opportunities in the filled application participants can choose either 10 or 20 days summer program or you can stay for 3 month period as a researcher.
VII International Summer Academy: 11 - 20 August, 2017 (10 Days)
VIII International Summer Academy: 20 - 29 August, 2017 (10 Days)
The main goal of the 10-20 days Summer Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives of state organisations, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through institutional global academic education in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue.
Deadline for Applications: 01 June, 2017
Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017
3 Month CAS - Research Program: 11 August - 08 November, 2017 (90 Days)
The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the research skills of the participants and to closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutes.
Deadline for Applications: 01 June, 2017
Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017
Please be note that there have still available places to be part of Winter Academy during the 17-26 February, 2017
To be participant please fill the application placed in the web page
Participation Procedure Step by Step:
Submitting filled application in WORD format, CV + scanned passport page till the Deadline
Participant will receive Invoice to start the payment of the requested participation fee amount
After receiving the participation fee, participant will receive the unconditional letter via email and if there is required visa application process IPD will send invitation letter by post and also to the relevant embassy by email or fax.
We strongly advice to the participants to submit the filled application as soon as it`s possible, who needs visa to enter Switzerland and who needs more financial documentation in the work place for his/her participation.
Scholarship: IPD offer several type of scholarship support to reduce the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.
If you wish to get discounted participation fee amount, please write your request briefly via email before or during the application submission period.
Unfortunately IPD scholarship sources do not cover all the participation fee amount and international travel expenses and we only could offer you discounted fee amount.
Partnership: We are interesting to receive group participants from your Institution and will be glad to discuss the partnership suggestions.
If you will be any more questions or suggestions, please feel free to write us by email  



Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI)
Annual Program Statement (APS)
Request for Concept Papers
Promoting Best Practices and Information Sharing Among Civil Society Actors for
Advocacy and Policy Reform: Natural Resource Management and Concessions Sector

Funding Opportunity Title: Promoting Best Practices and Information Sharing Among Civil Society Actors for Advocacy and Policy Reform: Natural Resource Management and Concessions Sector
Announcement Type: Annual Program Statement (APS)

Funding Opportunity Number: LAVI-APS-003
Applicant: Non-governmental entities (including but not limited to civil society organizations, community-based organizations, universities, professional associations, faith-based groups, unions and trade associations, and private sector firms)

Grant Type: To be determined

Issuance Date: 9 January 2017

Questions: 15 January 2017 to USAID/LAVI Project Office or

Pre-Submission Meeting: 16 January 2017 at 9am-11am at iCampus, 150 Carey Street, Sniper Hill.

Confirm participation to prior to event.
Submission of First Round

Concept Notes: 1 February 2017 to USAID/LAVI Project Office or
USAID/LAVI Project Office

Address: 18th Street and Warner Avenue, Sinkor, Monrovia

APS Final Closing Date: 31 January 2018

To learn more, please click here.



Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months




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