August 15, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 16
Message From the CEO
TIME Magazine cover from August 19, 2019, with illustration by John Mavroudis.
Once Again
Over the past ten years, I have written a number of messages about gun violence, particularly after mass killings. And, like many others, I have called on our elected representatives to pass legislation that will begin to curb the national epidemic of domestic terrorism that has led to so many needless deaths. After Sandy Hook. After Charleston. After Las Vegas. After Parkland. After the Tree of Life synagogue. And now, after Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. And still, no action.
This is not a debate on the Second Amendment. This is about addressing a national public health issue. Human service agencies in communities across the country are tired of dealing with the trauma caused by this gun violence. It is a problem, and solutions are within our control. This is not a mental health problem; it is about the growth and incitement of hate and the ease with which it is weaponized.
We must demand stronger and uniform background checks with no exceptions for private, internet, and gun show sales. We must demand the reinstitution of an assault weapon ban. And, we should go further and put in place strategies for removing guns from those who should not own them. Not after the next attack - now.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
Public Charge Updates
Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed it’s draft public charge inadmissibility regulation, aiming to change the threshold for becoming what the government defines as a “public charge.” The rule received over 200,000 public comments, and NHSA submitted a public comment in opposition to the rule due to its chilling effect on the use of public benefits, language that discriminated against people with disabilities, and total cost to the economy. This week, the administration posted the final rule, which will take effect on October 15, 2019. It differs from the draft regulation in a few key ways in its definition, benefits considered, the Circumstances Test, and impact on higher education. Read our full blog post for a deeper analysis, and learn how to take action.
Familiar Names on The Power & Influence Top 50
Congratulations to three NHSA board members, Susan Dreyfus (Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), Melanie Herman (Nonprofit Risk Management Center) and David Thompson (National Council of Nonprofits), for being named in the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50. Several other NHSA members also made the list: Jeffrey Bradach (Bridespan Group), James Clark (Boys & Girls Clubs of America), Tim Delaney (National Council of Nonprofits), James Firman (National Council on Aging), Brian Gallagher (United Way Worldwide), JoAnn Jenkins (AARP), and Kevin Washington (YMCA of the USA).
39 Days Until #NationalVoterRegistrationDay
NHSA is excited to once again be part of a national effort to strengthen our community by registering hundreds of voters on September 24, 2019, also known as National Voter Registration Day. First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday where thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. We invite you to learn more, register to vote, and use #NationalVoterRegistrationDay on social media to spread the word! Additionally, there’s still time to sign up as a partner.
Opportunities and Resources
Worth Checking Out
  • Encore Fellow – Individuals seeking a high-impact, flexible, time-limited, paid assignment with nonprofits and public agencies, or offering the opportunity to work in a new social-purpose environment should apply. Deadline: Ongoing via »
  • 12 unique funding opportunities each week via GrantStation Insider »
Job Listings
  • Paternity Leave: The Research, Why It’s Important, and How to Help Dads Take It via National Fatherhood Initiative from 2:00-3:00 PM ET on September 10 »
  • ON DEMAND - Volunteer Perspective: Industry Insights for 2019 via PurchasingPoint and Verified Volunteers Recording » 
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FrameWorks Institute recently released a pair of studies on transition age foster youth—adolescents ages 16-24 who are placed in foster care during that time frame or who must leave the system because their age makes them ineligible for public supports. The first report provides experts’ views on issues including the challenges transition age foster youth face and how we can support them. It also translates the public’s cultural models or “implicit understandings, assumptions, and patterns of reasoning—that shape public thinking about adolescents in foster care and transition age youth” and outlines implications for communicators. The second study analyzes media coverage and organizations’ communications on transition age youth. Read more on both studies in last week’s newsletter.
Member Highlights
Get Ready for Grandparents Day – September 8
Our friends at Generations United invite you to Do Something Grand in honor of Grandparents Day. Visit to get ideas and information on ways that you and your organization can get involved.
Partner Spotlight
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Race to Lead Survey, an initiative of our partner, Building Movement Project. This short, confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector. It focuses on experiences at work, views of leadership, and perspectives on nonprofits and race. By participating, you will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector, and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reports. The survey should take about 25 minutes to complete.
The survey closes on August 28:

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