NACC Biennial Conference 2019, our first international conference

The Cass Business School | City University of London

July 16—18, 2019


In the spirit for which NACC was founded, the Institutional Growth & Resilience Summit in London will focus on enhancing and strengthening the exciting growth that is occurring in our field.

In addition to the optics of holding a NACC event in a setting outside the U.S., demonstrating the NACC network as global and open to innovative ideas from all the nations and facets of civil society institutions, the event will produce quality discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, and an edited book volume on the proceedings presenting the best thinking drawn from the convening themes. The edited volume will include issues related to transnational approaches to the field of nonprofit sector research and pedagogy.

Growth and Resiliency at the Institutional Level

The facets of nonprofit sector principles (civil society theory, management, leadership and organizational principles) are resonating with a broad and growing user community of students, employers, policy makers, and others. Yet there still does not exist a typical footprint of institutional structure and resources on our campuses. After 45 years of existence, it is a fitting and valuable task to inform the advancement of the field by examining: How are nonprofit research and academic programs best developed and institutionalized? What should they look like in terms of funding, faculty staffing, and leadership? What do the various models derived through endowments and philanthropy, grant and contract overhead returns, tuition and enrollment, and fees, look like? How can we support emerging faculty members to launch and sustain high-quality programs and research?

Growth and Resiliency at the International Level

Despite NACC’s greatest achievements for guiding the development of nonprofit epistemology as a distinctive field of research and pedagogy, institutional space for autonomous nonprofit sector programs is often minimal. While many programs are large and thriving, some nonprofit research and academic programs appear to be run by a single scholar on campus (and thus temporary). In other institutions, the compromises made to gain a handhold as a subfield of other professional disciplines seemingly sows the seeds for arguments against field autonomy.

What, for instance, are the broad implications for the health and well-being of nonprofit programs with shallow roots in their institutions? The irony of this condition is great given the importance of nonprofit sector institution to the creation of civil society and the role universities should play in modern knowledge and human experience.

We can and should strategize as a collective field of scholarly inquiry. The more prominent our programs overall, the greater our resiliency in academia. As our growth accelerates, here and now, we must take a step aside to consider the 50-year horizon. How can we work together to achieve a level of scholarly resiliency that ensures a lasting beneficial impact civil society?

Upcoming Events

  • The 2018 NACC Annual Member Meeting will be held in advance of the ARNOVA Conference in Austin, TX on November 14, 2018. Additional details forthcoming.
  • The 2019 NACC Biennial Conference and Member Meeting will be held at the Cass Business School in London, England on July 16—July 18, 2019.

Recent Events

  • The 2017 NACC Annual Member Meeting at ARNOVA was held in Grand Rapids, MI on November 15, 2017. Read more.
  • The 2017 NACC Biennial Conference and Member Meeting was held in Indianapolis, IN on July 31—August 2, 2017. Read more.
  • The 2016 NACC Member Meeting at ARNOVA was held in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 2016. Read more.
  • The 2016 Accreditation Summit was held at Texas A&M on July 12-14, 2016. Read More.
  • The 2015 NACC Conference was held in Chicago, Illinois. Read more.