29 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 5 (2000)

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                 SYMPOSIUM: AUTHORITY,
              LEGITIMACY, VOICE, AND THE
              SCHOLAR-PRACTICE QUESTION




Introduction


Suzanne   Feeney,   Guest  Editor
Portland  State University



Five years ago, in January of 1994, the NVSQ  editorial board met in New
Haven  and discussed what was perceived to be a missing voice in the research
on nonprofit organizations. A seed was planted at that wintry meeting that
NVSQ   should respond  to practitioner outcries of marginalization and their
plea for understandable, accessible, and relevant research. In November of
1995, ARNOVA sponsored a symposium on scholarship and practice at its
Cleveland conference (Feeney & Milofsky, 1995). The symposium drew nearly
200 participants who encouraged more dialogue and the publication of a spe-
cial issue of NVSQ to address the divide between research scholars and non-
profit practitioners.
   During the long birthing process of this symposium issue, there has been
significant and  continuous  attention to the scholar-practice  question.
ARNOVA, through its newsletter and board membership committee,
launched a campaign  to increase practitioner membership and participation
in the Association. The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund (NSRF) of the Aspen
Institute published award guidelines providing incentives to academic schol-
ars and practitioners to collaborate on research serving the field of practice.
The London  School of Economics' Centre for Voluntary Organisations held a
conference of scholars and practitioners who sat elbow to elbow addressing

Note: I would like to thank all of the authors for their thoughtful articles and commitment to con-
tinuing the conversation. Their contributions contain important seeds for meeting many of the
challenges we face with the new scholar-practice question. It also seems appropriate to thank
many ARNOVA  and NVSQ colleagues for their patience, understanding, and dedication to the
development of this issue over a number of years' time. Carl Milofsky, former editor in chief of
NVSQ, launched this project almost 5 years ago, convincing all of us on the board at the time that
we needed a formal platform for this discussion. I thank him for his continued involvement and
support. Steven Rathgeb Smith, who took up the standard as the new editor of NVSQ, has not only
been supportive but has provided important insights that substantially strengthened the quality
of this scholar-practice symposium.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 1, March 2000 5-10
 2000 Sage Publications, Inc.
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