Public Release: 

Hodgkinson Prize goes to 'Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations'

Chosen as best book in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector


Springer's Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations, edited by Ram A. Cnaan and Carl Milofsky, has been awarded the 2009 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). The prize is given annually to the best book on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that informs policy and practice. Awarded by ARNOVA in cooperation with Independent Sector, the prize will be presented to Cnaan and Milofsky on 19 November 2009 at the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

How citizens and residents come together informally to act and solve problems has rarely been addressed. Correcting that deficit was the task of the Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations. The book builds a theory of local organizations by presenting contributions from experts in the field of community life - groups such as PTAs, block associations, fraternal organizations, self-help groups (AA), congregations, and even Internet chat clubs. The Handbook forms the foundation for a "discipline" in social science study and is a sophisticated resource that is useful to practitioners around the world.


Founded in 1971, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research community in the emerging field of nonprofit and philanthropic studies. The prize recognizes the pioneering role of Virginia A. Hodgkinson in the research on philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.

Ram A. Cnaan, Carl Milofsky (Eds.)
Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations

Softcover €62.95, £56.99, $79.95
ISBN 978-0-387-75729-2

Hardcover €209.00, £188.00, $275.00
ISBN 978-0-387-32932-1

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.