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 on the GrantStation website. We hope that you will all find this information interesting, stimulating, and practical.


About the Researchers

Jon Van Til
Daisha Merritt
Catherine Wilson

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 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

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 is interested in the role that community and grassroots organizations play in delivering services to minority communities – ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities as well as immigrants – in the United States.

About the Project Coordinators

Lynnette Cook
Daisha Merritt
Cynthia Adams

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.

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, 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.

Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms. We bring together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the work of their organizations and the quality of life for citizens and communities.