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ISTR Montreal Conference 2020 Postponed

Monday, March 23, 2020  
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Rescheduled July 12-15, 2021

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the postponement of the 14th biennial International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR).  Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the responsible decision is to postpone the Montreal conference this year.  We are pleased that we have been able to reschedule for July 12-15, 2021 in Montreal. All papers, panels, posters, roundtables that have been accepted to ISTR 2020 will be automatically accepted to ISTR 2021.

While a virtual conference during the originally scheduled dates would be an alternative, ISTR's small staff means that our infrastructure -- both technological and logistical -- cannot accommodate it in the given time frame.  We will begin to work on a plan to bring some panels and workshops to our members virtually.  Postponement of the conference does not preclude scholarly conversation via other means.  Please allow us some time to explore various options and share information about how to do this in the coming weeks.  This includes students accepted to the PhD Seminar, who will receive a separate communication about their participation. 

We are most grateful for the hard work of our Academic Committee, Montreal Host Committee, and PhD Seminar Co-Chairs.  We want to acknowledge their efforts over the past months to organize an excellent conference. 

As you may be aware, postponing the conference has serious financial implications for the Society.  ISTR counts on its membership dues to support the ongoing operations and initiatives of the association.  As mentioned above, we will be working hard to adapt and provide meaningful opportunities for member engagement this year. If you are not already a member, we hope you will join.  If your membership has expired, we encourage you to renew by visiting www.istr.org/membership

We are offering 3 options for your 2020 Conference registration fees:

1. Refund the full conference registration

2. Apply the registration funds to the 2021 Conference

3. Donate the registration fee to the Society 

Please click HERE for: refund, apply to 2021, or donate

We would like to thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this historic public health crisis.  We appreciate the notes of support and encouragement we have received to date.  We always like hearing from you and appreciate any additional thoughts or ideas you would like to share. 

On behalf of the officers and members of the board, we hope that you and yours remain safe and healthy in this trying time.

With deep appreciation,

Ruth Phillips
ISTR President

On behalf of ISTR Executive Committee, Conference Committees and Staff


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