Washington Insider: Nonprofit Issues

Reflections on the 2016 State of the Union and Challenge for the Alliance Network

As I listened to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but reflect on the role our sector has played in bringing our nation’s promise to life. As community stewards, the work we do every day is the foundation of the economic vitality of America’s hometowns and neighborhoods. … more

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Using the New Poverty Data Webinar

Facts and data are persuasive. This webinar is an opportunity to learn how to use the forthcoming census data to make the case for your programs.

Tuesday, September 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. CT

Register for this important training session, co-sponsored by Coalition on Human Needs, the Community Action Partnership, and the Children's Leadership Council. … more

Proposed Immigration Reform: Waiting for More Answers

This month, the bipartisan Senate Gang of 8 released their proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Reform called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744). The proposed bill is set for numerous hearings and mark-ups before it may be voted on later this spring. It is difficult to hypothesize what might eventually end up as law. Still, there appears to be general consensus among Republicans and Democrats that the existing immigration system in America is dysfunctional, and now is the time for change. … more

Rebranding Human Needs to Build Support

The National Human Services Assembly published a report in 2011 on changing language to rebrand human services and help build support. The report, Putting Human Needs on the National Radar Screen: A Brief on Messaging for Human Service and Community Development Organizations, is nearly two years old, but its takeaways are even more relevant now, as funding cuts continue to destabilize nonprofits. … more

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