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SP2’s Dr. Chao Guo elected president of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Chao Guo

Authored by: Juliana Rosati

Faculty & Research


The national and international Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) has announced that Dr. Chao Guo of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has been elected president of the organization.

At SP2, Dr. Guo is professor of nonprofit management and faculty director of the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Program.

“In the past quarter century, ARNOVA has been my community of support and source of inspiration, transforming my career in fundamental ways,” said Dr. Guo. “I appreciate this opportunity to give back to our association by serving as ARNOVA president.” Dr. Guo’s four-year term will include one year as president-elect, two years as president, and one year as immediate past president.

With a focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government, Dr. Guo’s award-winning research includes many published articles in highly respected and influential journals and two co-authored books. In 2022, he was co-recipient of both the Outstanding Book Award in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research and the Editors’ Prize for Best Scholarly Paper in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Volume 31, at ARNOVA’s Annual Conference.

Dr. Guo served on the ARNOVA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and as a co-editor-in-chief of ARNOVA’s journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, from 2016 to 2022. Globally, he has helped create a regional conference series in Asia (ARNOVA-Asia). In 2019, he received the Distinguished Achievement and Service Award from ARNOVA.

ARNOVA is 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.