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Alliance Working to Complete Data-Driven State of Sector Report with Partners

A poignant opinion piece on why social sector (nonprofit) organizations are important in building this nation’s human capital and creating equitable and healthy communities, appeared recently in California's San Mateo Daily Journal and was written by Arne Croce, a retired nonprofit CEO who was a part of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network.

Notice my use of the term “social sector” versus “nonprofit.” Nonprofit in Latin translates to “no progress,” and I refuse to refer to our sector in that way. … more

Alliance Public Policy 2017: Working Together as a Strategic Action Network

As we enter the new year, we are all keenly aware that this will be a year when our sector will need to stand ready to fully engage in policy debates that could shape human services and impact equity in our nation for years to come.

The imperative for our sector, and our paramount role as leader and advocate, has never been higher. All of us must bring our extensive knowledge, courage, and unwavering commitment to our values to the table and engage in productive dialogue. We must insist that any changes being considered at the local, state, and federal levels are shaped by the lived experiences of the people we serve, as well as our social sector knowledge that comes from decades, and even centuries, of experience. … more

Now More than Ever, We Must Come Together and Demonstrate the Very Best of our Sector!

Yesterday’s election is another turn of the dial on the pace of rapid and significant change in the world.

I know many of us are wondering what this will mean for the children, adults, and families we serve, and for our organizations and our communities. The election told us loud and clear that there are deep concerns and a growing division in our nation and within our own neighborhoods which calls us to stop, listen, seek to understand, and find common ground that brings us together for progress. It also calls us to be strongly committed to our sector’s paramount responsibility to values-based advocacy. … more

Shift in Focus Coincides with Changing Health Care Landscape

My visits with members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network allow me to witness firsthand community engagement, innovation, and many other exciting aspects of their work.

When I visit Oaks Integrated Care in mid-September, I look forward to learning more about how it recognized the trends facing the human services field, as well as the changing health care landscape, then determined how it could best fulfill its mission. … more

A Question for November

This month both of the major political parties will nominate their candidate for president of the United States. If all goes as indicated, we will have our first woman nominee and our first candidate of the modern era to have never held public office or completed significant military service prior to running. … more

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