Current Nonprofit Research at Your Fingertips: An ARNOVA and GrantStation Partnership


The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and GrantStation have formed a partnership to deliver some of the latest research being done on the nonprofit sector to you, our readers. ARNOVA represents “a diverse community of scholars, educators, and practice leaders that strengthens the field of nonprofit and philanthropic research in order to improve civil society and human life.”

Each year ARNOVA holds a conference where the latest research on topics dealing with the nonprofit sector are presented. In 2021 we will be interviewing the authors of six of these research papers, and providing links to the interviews and the papers here on the GrantStation website. We hope that you will find this information interesting, stimulating, and practical.

About the Researchers

Jon Van Til

Jon Van Til is Executive Secretary of the Civil Society Design Network, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Community Planning at Rutgers University-Camden, and co-founder of the school's graduate program in public policy. He is a former president of ARNOVA, and was the 1994 recipient of ARNOVA's Career Award for Distinguished Research and Service.

Read the article: Nonprofits in an Era of Growing Challenges

Daisha Merritt

Dr. Daisha Merritt is the Associate Department Chair of the Department of Management and Technology in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Leadership: Nonprofit and Community Leadership. Her research is focused on strategy in the nonprofit world, as well as on diaspora communities worldwide and the impacts of remittance giving.

Read the article: International Remittances and the Nonprofit Sector

Sabith Khan

Sabith Khan is Director and Assistant Professor, Master of Public Policy & Administration, at California Lutheran University. He holds a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Master of Arts in International Relations. He is a scholar-practitioner, with expertise in American philanthropy, civil society, international development, religion, and culture.

Read the article: International Remittances and the Nonprofit Sector



Raymond Foxworth

Raymond Foxworth (Navajo Nation) currently serves as Vice President for First Nations Development Institute. First Nations is a 40 year-old Native American-led nonprofit organization that directly supports the knowledge, innovation and organizing of Native American communities as work to control their assets and diverse pathways to community and economic development. Raymond holds a PhD in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Read the article: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Breaking the Cycle of History

Cheryl Ellenwood

Cheryl Ellenwood (Nez Perce) is a PhD Candidate in Public Administration at the University of Arizona and an organizational scholar. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University. Cheryl's research interests include a critical examination of public organizations and the 'public' they define and serve, specifically how segments of society are both included and excluded due to organizational actions that are founded upon white supremacy.

Read the article: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Breaking the Cycle of History

Margaret Post

Margaret Post is an assistant research professor at Clark University in the Department of International Development, Community and the Environment. Her scholarship focuses on the role of grassroots community organizations in social policy change. Her current research investigates the prevalence and efficacy of politically active 501(c)(4) organizations. Dr. Post holds a doctorate in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a master of public policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Read the article: The Balance of Power in Knowledge Creation



Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Administration at Villanova University. Her fields of study include nonprofit management, immigrant integration, nonprofit-government collaboration, and cultural competency. Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the Edmund J. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Read the article: The Measurable Impact of Community-Engaged Work



About the Project Coordinators

Lynnette Cook

Lynnette Cook, ARNOVA’s Executive Director, is an educator and coach who believes in the power(s) of innovation and collaboration. Her obsession with people led her to spend a lot of time in school, resulting in degrees from THE Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina in social psychology, and a career in the nonprofit sector.

Daisha Merritt

Dr. Daisha Merritt is an applied practice and mixed methods researcher. Her experience in nonprofits lead her to obtain her PhD and influences her role as a researcher. Dr. Merritt first became aware of remittances or remesas through her work in Migrant Education at a Federally Qualified Health Center in rural North Carolina.

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia Adams, Founder and CEO of GrantStation, has worked in the nonprofit sector for 45+ years. She has dedicated her life to helping nonprofit organizations identify and secure the funding they need to do their good. She founded GrantStation because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field.