September 12, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 18
Important Announcement
Lee Sherman to Retire in November
President & CEO Lee I. Sherman has announced his retirement from the National Human Services Assembly, effective November 30, 2019. In stepping down from his current role, Lee Sherman notes, “It has been a privilege to work in partnership with a committed board, talented staff, and so many generous funders and supportive members of the National Human Services Assembly. I look forward to carrying all of the creativity and passion we shared for advancing the bold and transformative work of nonprofit organizations into my next endeavors."
In a message last Thursday from NHSA Board Chair, Jeff Fleischer, he said: “We want to assure you that as we begin our search for a successor, Lee Sherman will continue serving as the National Assembly’s president and CEO. I hope you will join me, the members of the Board, and so many others in our community in thanking Lee for his leadership, service, and commitment to the National Assembly and in wishing him well in his new ventures.” The efforts in searching for a new president and CEO is already underway, so keep an eye out for important updates and announcements in the coming weeks.
Message From the CEO
Post-Labor Day Blues
In many parts of the country, and in my neighborhood, the school year began last week. Roads and sidewalks got a little more crowded and the early morning quiet was definitely history. I can (barely) remember my feelings as a child at this time of year - a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Not happy about the regimen of school days, but glad to see my friends and classmates after the summer break. Somewhat eager for new learning opportunities, but anxious about the hard work and long hours ahead.
I don’t worry about school anymore, not for myself or my children. But, I do think about the other recess that has now ended - the one for the U.S. Congress. Those senators and representatives have a lot of hard work ahead of them, unless they go for the time-honored tradition of asking for an extension or taking a grade of “incomplete.”
In addition to the issues of appropriations, election security, and immigration, we can hope the Congress will tackle the challenge of gun violence. We have heard promises over the recess, and polling data reflects that overwhelming numbers of Americans want to see universal background checks and limits on assault weapons. Major retailers have responded to this crisis. You are back from your break, Congress. Time to get back to the hard work the electorate has tasked you to do.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
New Guidance for 2Gen Communications
A new resource, “Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families,” offers guidance on building the case for two-generation approaches to updating human services systems. Analysts at the FrameWorks Institute compared what the field says to how Americans think and pinpointed the reasons for frequent disconnects. The result is a recommendation for a major frame shiftfrom a narrow focus on service delivery to a broader narrative about human developmentand specific ways to execute that shift. FrameWorks Institute and Ascend at the Aspen Institute collaborated to create this resource. You can get a guided tour of the recommendations in a webinar on September 16.
Final Reminder: National Voter Registration Day is September 24
Strengthen our community by registering hundreds of voters on September 24, 2019, also known as National Voter Registration Day. 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. Only 12 days left!
Opportunities and Resources
  • 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
  • Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families via FrameWorks Institute from 4:00-5:00 PM ET on September 16 »
  • One Year On: Exploring the Continued Impact of the Foundations for Young Adult Success Framework via Forum for Youth Investment from 3:00-4:00 PM ET on September 17 »
  • Inclusive Community Development: A Discussion with Bank Regulators via National Disability Institute from 3:00-4:00 PM ET on September 18 » 
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Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC), a long-time reframer and coalition of coalitions, led a successful advocacy initiative incorporating reframing to increase the value of city human service contracts. NHSA talked with Julia Sterkovsky of SHSC to learn more about their “adjust for inflation” campaign. “Maintain what we have built together,” the campaign’s main theme, relies on the Building Well-Being Narrative and “we” language to establish the explanatory approach and sense of shared responsibility and benefits that would cascade throughout the campaign’s messages. Read the full story in last week’s newsletter.
Member Highlights
Expansion of Youth Development Programs
Camp Fire and the New York Life Foundation, announced an expansion of their existing partnership to reach an additional 10,000 middle school youth in 25 cities across the country during the pivotal transition to high school. The expansion is funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation. Camp Fire and the New York Life Foundation began their partnership in 2012 and, together, have impacted more than 45,000 students as they transition from middle school to high school. Learn more.
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