Calls for Papers

ISTR Third Sector Research Webinar Series / Deadline: Rolling


The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society
Deadline: 1 AUGUST


The Foundation Review - Unthemed Issue  / Deadline: 31 AUGUST


2020 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference / Deadline: 10 AUGUST


Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, Taxation and Philanthropy / Deadline: 26 NOVEMBER


Building the Conceptual and Theoretical Foundation for Fundraising's Professional Ethics /
Deadline: 1 JANUARY 2021


Critical theory, qualitative methods and the nonprofit and voluntary sector / DEADLINE: 1 APRIL 2021


COVID-19 and Donation Behavoir: A Special Issue of International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing / DEADLINE: 1 APRIL 2021



ISTR Third Sector Research Webinar Series

Deadline to apply:  Rolling

In service to our members, ISTR is announcing a new webinar series  to share member research and to engage in scholarly conversation with our peers.

ISTR invites members to submit proposals for the following types of webinars:

  1. Papers, panels, and roundtables initially planned for presentation at the ISTR Conference in Montreal 2020.  This may be especially useful for (although not limited to) those presentations that are necessary for the timely fulfillment of tenure applications, grant-funded project requirements, doctoral programs, and similar obligations (note: you will still be able to present at the ISTR Conference in 2021, if you present online).
  2. Panel discussions that present a variety of international perspectives on the third sector response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We especially encourage panels organized around a common third sector sub-field, such as volunteering, philanthropy, law and regulation, gender, social enterprise, advocacy, etc.  Regional discussions are also invited.  Panels should be limited to 4 or 5 speakers.
  3. Professional Development topics. Do you have a skill or expertise that you could share with others? Professional development webinars can cover a range of topics, including research methods, professional writing, data visualization, big/open data sources, mentoring approaches, internet identity, and more!
  4. Other new research that is timely and of general interest to a broad range of our international members.

To submit your proposal, send an abstract to Margery Daniels at Webinars are invited in multiple languages.

Please include your contact details, a description of what you would like to present, information on co-presenters or speakers, and an indication of your preference for the day/month you would like to present.

Submissions will be reviewed by ISTR staff with support from the ISTR Conference Academic Committee.


AUGUST 1, 2020


The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society


The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society (JMPCS), is a bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University Press in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Catholic Theological Union, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.

JMPCS seeks original academic research examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and civil society. By “Muslim” philanthropy, we mean philanthropic activity of any kind which involves self-identifying Muslim individuals, institutions, communities, and societies as key agents in shaping the context and content of this activity. Given the extent to which any construction of Muslim identity necessarily entails the influence of other faiths as well as various expressions of secular culture, the Journal’s scope is intentionally broad. Our definition of “philanthropy” is similarly broad and encompasses any intentional act of generosity. As such, “philanthropy” includes practices of generosity ranging from the activity of discrete individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds to that of not-for-profit organizations, social movements, and a variety of other forms of civic engagement. We seek to draw articles by researchers from across disciplines (Anthropology, Art, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Business, Philanthropy, etc.) in this emerging field.  

The special issues can build upon academic conference panels to continue important collaborations.

Along with standard Research Papers (8,000 words) and Book Reviews (1,500 words), JMPCS also welcomes Commentaries (short articles commenting in a significant way on, or supplementing arguments and evidence in, a Research Article or a Review Article) of up to 2,500 words. Authors are welcome to submit original Research Papers, Book Reviews, and Commentaries dealing with themes relating to the mission of the journal. 

JMPCS is seeking proposals for three separate special issues. Each special issue will consist of:

  • 3-4 peer reviewed articles that have undergone double-blind peer review[1]
  • Editorial commentary
  • 2-3 book reviews

To further this research, JMPCS will provide up to $5,000 in matching funds for each special issue’s guest editor to host a research convening at their academic institution. The papers presented at this symposium are to be submitted for review for publication in the respective special issue. Funds can be used for travel, honoraria, and/or meals provided at the research symposium. Travel is not required, as the symposium may be held virtually.  A small portion of the funds can be used for copy-editing for the symposium issue. The hosting academic institution must demonstrate financial commitment to be eligible to receive the matching funds. Research symposiums are required to take place any time between Award notification and August 1, 2021. [2] Up to three grants will be awarded.

Deadline for proposals:                                   August 1, 2020 (Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the proposal can suggest a virtual or online symposium)

Award notification deadline:                          September 1, 2020

Research Symposium:                                    January 1 – May 1, 2021


Submission instructions

A symposium may include 6-8 research scholars of which up to 2-3 may be graduate students[3] on a particular topic, including a review article on that topic[4].

Please address the following questions in your proposal for a symposium:

  1. What is the topic of the symposium? 
  2. Why does this topic occasion/warrant a symposium in JMPCS? How will it advance the field?
  3. Who is the sponsor of the symposium? Please provide a CV of the convenor as well as information about the hosting institution.
  4. How will the symposium be funded (including a proposed budget)?
  5. Who is the guest editor(s) of the symposium?
  6. What audiences will be specifically interested in the symposium?
  7. What is the time line for the call for papers, preparation, production, and publication of the symposium?
  8. What paper topics and/or scholars may be included in the symposium?
  9. What actions can/will the guest editors take to raise the distribution and impact of the special issue? 

Guidelines for the symposium:

  1. The guest editor(s) of the symposium is responsible for the editorial process, including issuing and publicizing a call for papers, selecting the 4-6 papers to be considered for publication in the symposium, and organizing the peer-review process.
  2. The guest editor(s) will use the JMPCS Open Journal Systems portal ( for the peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for the symposium must adhere to the JMPCS submission guidelines and must be double blind peer-reviewed.
  3. The final decision on acceptance of manuscripts for publication will be made by the JMPCS Editors-in-Chief in consultation with the guest editor(s).
  4. The guest editor(s) must make certain that the symposium has (at least) one major literature review article that is likely to be cited in the coming years when people write about this topic.

Please submit your proposals via email to the Managing Editor Rafia Khader at .

[1] Should guest editors also seek to submit an article that article would undergo double blind peer review under the supervision of the Editors-in-Chief

[2] Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the proposal can suggest a virtual or online symposium.

[3] Undergraduate students may also be included in the symposium but should be in addition to the 6-8 research scholars

[4] All articles that successfully go through blind review will be published.



AUGUST 10, 2020


2020 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

7-8 September 2020




11 May 2020

Deadline for abstract submissions

13 July 2020 @ 17.00

Early bird rate ends

10 August 2020 @ 17.00

Deadline for full paper submissions

7-8 September 2020

The conference


Call for papers             

Leading and changing in critical times: civil society responses to external and internal challenges

The voluntary sector and wider civil society are currently facing complex pressures. One is to respond to wide social challenges of increased inequality and poverty, tensions from rapid social change, and multi-faceted conflicts within international politics. At times these challenges have seen the sector lead as an innovator at a local and global level, and perhaps a growing sense of agency as it seeks a stronger voice in defining its own role in society. At the same time, the sector is facing intense internal critique around its apparent inability to challenge power structures, which hold voluntary organisations back as spaces for true diversity and inclusion, revealed by campaigns such as #aidtoo and #charitysowhite.


This conference invites participants to explore these issues. Each year, the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference - organised by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - provides a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and further afield to come together to share findings and discuss the implications of research for the sector's future as a site of social leadership and social justice. This year we are delighted to also be collaborating with Aston Business School as our hosts, and BVSC who will help to ensure the conference is relevant for both academics and practitioners.


Our 'Conference Track' invites contributions focused on how civil society is offering leadership, innovation, and agency in redefining how it responds to challenges, and how the voluntary sector and volunteering can challenge the inequality that currently shapes them. These could include, for example: local voluntary sectors as spaces of place leadership; inequalities in volunteering participation, charity trusteeship and workforce; the presence of and challenges to racism, sexism, classism and other inequalities; the changing relationship to public service delivery and partnership with other sectors; the sector as social pioneer and innovator; and many others.


Aims and streams

The conference aims to:

  • Contribute to evidence and theory-building in the field
  • Develop emerging research ideas
  • Inform and be informed by the work of practitioners
  • Inform and influence policy

We welcome submissions for individual papers, panel sessions and workshops. We are particularly keen to receive proposals for the Conference Track that address external and internal challenges, but we do also welcome papers that address a range of issues relevant to volunteering and the voluntary sector, aligned to the following streams:

1. The Conference Track - Leading and changing in critical times

2. Democracy and grassroots voluntary action

3. Diversity, race, (in)equality and inclusion

4. Volunteering, participation and social action

5. Advances in theory and methods

6. Resources, including funding, fundraising, philanthropy, social enterprise and social investment

7. Organisational management and governance, including law and regulation

8. Historical perspectives on civil society, the voluntary sector and volunteering

9. Civil society at the boundaries: relationships with the state and/or private sector

10. Measuring civil society: outcomes, impact and social value

11. New Researchers stream


Submitting an abstract

You can find out how to submit your proposal here. When submitting abstracts, authors will be asked which streams they feel their paper will fit best within. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, geography, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. Submissions are encouraged from across the UK, and indeed from around the world, particularly those that offer international comparative perspectives. You don’t need to present a paper to attend.


New researchers

The Conference is an ideal opportunity for new or early career researcher looking to meet, discuss and present their research with other new researchers in a supportive setting. A special series of parallel sessions will be run as part of the conference for ‘new’ researchers. Attendance at this part of the conference is subsidised, and is intended for all early career researchers in the field of voluntary sector studies, whether postgraduate students or working/volunteering in the voluntary sector. For more details about how the New Researchers session works, please click here


Best paper prizes

Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize

Presenters who submit a full paper by the 10th August deadline will automatically be considered for the Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize for best paper, which includes a £500 prize.

New Researchers Prize

Participants in the New Researchers sessions who submit a full paper prior to the start of the conference will automatically be considered for the New Researchers Prize for best paper, which includes a £100 prize.

Voluntary Sector Review Best Article Priz e

The conference will also see the inaugural Voluntary Sector Review Best Article Prize awarded, with the authors of the winning article receiving a voucher from the publisher Policy Press and a year's free subscription to the journal.


Plenary sessions

Alongside the paper sessions and workshops, the programme will include plenary sessions at the start and finish of both days. Alongside an exciting line up of soon-to-be announced keynote presentations, these will include roundtable sessions were participants will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas with new and experienced researchers in their field, developing social and professional networks and agendas for future research and practice.


The conference will also feature an exhibition, highlighting the latest publications, events and activities associated with voluntary sector and volunteering research.


Want to find out more?

Booking for the conference will open shortly. In the meantime you can email us for more information or visit the VSSN website for more details


AUGUST 31, 2021

Abstracts are being solicited for an unthemed issue of The Foundation Review, Vol. 13, Issue 3. Papers on any topic relevant to organized philanthropy are invited. View the Call for Papers here and below.


Please submit abstracts by August 31, 2020 to If a full paper is invited, it will be due March 31, 2021 for consideration for publication in September 2021.


NOVEMBER 26,  2020

Conference « Taxation and philanthropy »
Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva
CALL FOR PAPERS for Junior Scholars Workshop


Conference « Taxation and philanthropy »

Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva

CALL FOR PAPERS for Junior Scholars Workshop,

26 November 2020


About the Conference

Organised by the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy (the “GCP”), University of Geneva, the conference will gather the most prominent scholars, as well as government representatives and other important stakeholders in the field of philanthropy and taxation to discuss the fundamental justification, different forms, measurement, and possible improvements of tax incentives for philanthropic activities.

What: GCP International Conference on Taxation and Philanthropy

When: 26-27 November 2020

Where: Geneva, Switzerland


About the Workshop

In addition to convening international experts on philanthropy and taxation, the GCP seeks to enrich the current body of research. The Workshop of Junior Scholars will be the first scientific event of this conference and will take place on 26 November 2020. The GCP invites junior scholars (graduate and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and untenured junior faculty) to submit papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of tax incentives for philanthropic activities. The objective of this workshop is to highlight the work of emerging scholars and to advance the GCPs mission studying the domain of philanthropy in an interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, perspectives from any discipline, such as humanities, social sciences, including therefore economics, law, economics, sociology, and business studies are encouraged. Papers can be either empirical – using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approaches – or theoretical.

Prize for the best paper of junior scholars

We are pleased to announce that the Lombard Odier Foundation will be awarding a prize of CHF 5,000 to honour the best paper presented during the junior scholars’ workshop. In order to be considered for the prize by the prize jury, it is important that the paper, which you will submit by 30 September 2020, be as close to final as possible. The prize jury will determine the winner according to the following criteria: soundness of the conceptual development, originality and new contribution, methodology and relevance to practice and policy. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will be publicly presented with a commemorative certificate and recognition at the Conference. Uni Dufour - 24 rue Général-Dufour - CH-1204 Geneva Tel. + 41 22 379 76 18 - 2


What: GCP Junior Scholars Workshop on Taxation and Philanthropy

When: 26 November 2020

Where: Geneva, Switzerland

Call for Papers: We are accepting papers related to one of the scientific topics listed below. If your paper focuses on a topic that does not fall into any of those categories but you consider that it could be of interest in the general framework of the conference please submit your abstract with a brief explanation. Papers selected for the workshop will be pre-circulated and read in advance by all participants. We aim to select 10-15 papers, which will be placed in sessions complementary to the research focus. The scientific topics are as follows:

 Justification of tax incentives for philanthropy

 Forms and efficiency of tax incentives for philanthropy

 Cross-border philanthropy and tax barriers

 The role of tax incentives in corporate philanthropy and social entrepreneurship


For more information about the conference and its scientific scope, please visit our conference’s website at

For the GCP Junior Scholars Workshop on Taxation and Philanthropy, submissions of a short abstract and the full working paper are required. Please submit your abstract at:

 Language: English

 Length: max. 500 words (excluding title, author information, and references)

 Structure: Abstracts do not have a set structure. However, an outline of the purpose of the research, research questions, methods, data sources, a brief description of the results, and its importance and contribution to existing research is highly appreciated.

 Format: Microsoft Word


Key deadlines:

Abstract deadline: 31 May 2020

First draft of paper: 30 September 2020



Practical information and further instructions:

Dates of the Conference: 26 and 27 November 2020

Date of the Workshop: 26 November 2020

Venue: University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


JANUARY 1, 2021

Call for papers for a special issue of the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing

Building the conceptual and theoretical foundation for fundraising’s professional ethics 

For such a major component of the discipline of nonprofit marketing, fundraising doesn’t have a lot in the way of professional ethics underpinning it. This is not to suggest for a moment that fundraising is in any way unethical; just that there are few theories of professional ethics on which to found ethical best practice.

One problem for the fundraising profession is that it attempts to apply ethics to professional dilemmas – such as how much to intrude into a person’s personal space in the course of a solicitation – without a sound understanding of which normative theory it is attempting to apply. When it does attempt this, it usually applies – perhaps ‘shoehorns’ would be a better description – one of the classic normative theories such as Kantian ethics or Utilitarianism on to the problem.

To read the full call, click here.


APRIL 1, 2021

Critical theory, qualitative methods and the nonprofit and voluntary sector

A special issue of Voluntary Sector Review


Guest Editors

Dr Jon Dean (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) |

Dr Kim Wiley (University of Florida, USA) |


Over recent years, there have been moves to take what scholars have labelled a more ‘critical’ approach to studies of nonprofit organisations, philanthropy and giving behaviours, and the wider voluntary sector. Such a move has come from a view of the subject area as failing to examine political, systemic, and structural issues that may be shaping organisations and behaviours, and instead tries to ‘reveal the most profoundly buried structures’ (Bourdieu, 1996: 1) of the nonprofit world. 

By taking a critical approach, perhaps drawing on feminist, queer, post-colonial, or postmodern theories, we can identify sources of discrimination and injustice in the sector and elevate ways of tackling them. Practically, these are messages that certain sections of the nonprofit sector – due to crises in safeguarding revealed by the Oxfam Haiti abuse scandal, or challenges to the lack of representation of people of colour in nonprofit leadership roles – are increasingly aware of and indicate some increased willingness to act on. At a time of interlocking social crises – of welfare, democracy, inequality, and more – theory can move from aloof observer to engaged friend (Law, 2015), helping us understand how what may be happening in a voluntary organisation today links to wider historical trends and social structures (Mills, 1959). 

At the heart of much of this shift towards critical approaches has been a wider and greater belief in the value of qualitative research. Sometimes unhelpfully seen as a challenge to hegemonic academic ideas, especially in certain disciplines where nonprofit studies are generally located, applications of qualitative methodology supported by critical theory are used by some to pay attention to the everyday realities which produce statistical relationships between quantitative variables (Alasuutari, 2010). Others however view qualitative methods as merely different methodological tools that serve to answer different research questions. Ontologically positioned to help reveal the socially constructed nature of social relations, and epistemologically critically realist or interpretive ways of knowing, qualitative methods provide researchers with the tools to better reveal the ‘verstehen’ of people’s experiences and practices and make direct links between action occurring within and outside nonprofits. 

Fundamentally, such approaches argue that if we know differently about society and its structures, then we are more likely to do differently (Eikenberry, Mirabella and Sandberg, 2019). Despite this, and as revealed by multiple panels at leading nonprofit research conferences, doctoral candidates and newer researchers especially have been frustrated by the lack of support for qualitative work in their disciplines, and that the value of this work gets overlooked. This is despite some of the most highly recognised scholarship in the field in recent years utilising both qualitative methods and critical theory, such as Eliasoph’s (2011) ethnography of volunteering and Krause’s (2014) interview-based exploration of aid agency’s logics of practice. 

Further, while all researchers should be reflexive (Dean, 2017) qualitative studies are generally better at providing researchers with scope for reflexive work examining issues of positionality within data collection and analysis. The intimacy and embedded nature of qualitative work (Khan, 2011) creates ethical quandaries and dilemmas for researchers which can themselves be explored and solutions realised through applications of critical theoretical frameworks. Finally, qualitative methods frequently offer better opportunities for non-hierarchical research relations, including participant and community-led research approaches, meaning we shift from ‘research on’ to ‘research with’ relationships. Such principles underpin efforts to decolonise research methods (Chilisa, 2019; Smith, 2013) and to employ accessible methods (Gauntlett, 2007) that ensure all people can take part in research projects. 

Call for papers

For this special issue of Voluntary Sector Review we are looking for articles that fit within such a brief. Any form of rigorous qualitative method can be utilised (e.g. interviews, focus groups, ethnography, visual methods, participatory methods, and others), as long as the project data is interrogated and understood through the application of suitable critical theory (e.g. feminist, post-colonial, queer, Marxist, critical race, postmodern, intersectional, and others). We aim to include about six articles including a geographic and demographic spread of authors and issues discussed, qualitative methods used, and critical theories applied.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this edited collection, please email an abstract of up to 500 words, outlining the article’s contents, including its methodology, critical approach and application of theory, and fit with such a special issue, alongside a 50 word author biographical statement, to both editors. All submissions must be received by Friday 17th July. Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed of the decision by 1st August. Full papers are due 1st April 2021. 

All submissions elected by the editors will be invited to submit a full article through the Voluntary Sector Review submission system, which will then be subject to the journal’s usual double-blind peer review procedures. Invitation to submit a full article does not guarantee publication, and all decisions are ultimately those of the journal editors. 

If you have any questions about potential submissions please contact the special issue editors, Jon Dean ( and Kim Wiley ( If you want to submit an abstract, but the current COVID-19 crisis is causing you significant problems in this regard, we understand - please do liaise with us about this. 


Alasuutari, P. (2010). The rise and relevance of qualitative research, International journal of social research methodology, 13(2), 139-155.

Bourdieu, P. (1996) The state nobility, Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Dean, J. (2017) Doing reflexivity: An introduction, Bristol: Policy Press.

Chilisa, B. (2019). Indigenous research methodologies. Sage Publications, Incorporated.

Eliasoph, N. (2011) Making volunteers: Civic life after welfare's end, Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Gauntlett, D. (2007) Creative explorations: New approaches to identities and audiences, Abingdon: Routledge.

Law, A. (2015) Social theory for today: Making sense of social worlds, London: Sage.

Khan, S. (2011) Privilege: The making of an adolescent elite at St Paul’s School, Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Krause, M. (2014) The good project: Humanitarian relief NGOs and the fragmentation of reason, London: University of Chicago Press.

Mills, C.W. (1959) The sociological imagination, New York: Oxford University Press.

Eikenberry, A., Mirabella, R. and Sandberg, B. (2019) Reframing nonprofit organizations: Democracy, inclusion, and social change, Irvine: Melvin & Leigh.

Smith, L. T. (2013) Decolonizing methodologies: Research and indigenous peoples, London: Zed Books.


April 1, 2021

 Covid-19 has given rise to the biggest economic, health and socio-psychological challenges faced by global communities in recent memory. Despite the hardship, the crisis has brought out the best in people. Through numerous fundraising and volunteering efforts, displays of solidarity and generosity across many communities continue. Frontline efforts of the healthcare sector are being supported not just by charities, but by manufacturing firms, local government services, universities, and individuals. The pandemic highlighted the social paradox wherein the individuals despite the financial hardships due to reduced income, worry and anxiety faced by them rallied with their peers in show of solidarity and engaging in donation behaviour. Initial anecdotal evidence suggest that donation behaviour may have remained stable despite the pandemic and even surged for specific charities (e.g. NHS related charities in UK). 

To read the full call, click here.

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