January 3, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 1
Message From the CEO
Word of the Year
Each year, Merriam-Webster chooses a “word of the year.” The decision is based on a sampling of “lookups” on the company’s website which are driven by usage in media and public discourse over the previous 12 months. For 2018, the “word of the year” was “justice.” A number of events spurred public interest in justice, including Michael Cohen’s sentencing, renewed momentum from the administration and Congress in criminal justice reform, and the frequent mentions of Secretary Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department.
I can appreciate the interest in justice when focused on criminal activity and prison terms. However, I would hope that some of this spike in activity is related to the public’s concern with social justice. In a world where our differences are too frequently emphasized, perhaps we are seeing increased awareness of those things that break through real and perceived barriers. Justice is something that we pursue in the face of injustice wherever we may face it.
The pursuit of justice is a core American value, rooted in the spirit and words of the Declaration of Independence. As we continue to work for communities that continue to strengthen the well-being of all of us, let us keep “justice” as not merely the word of the year for 2018, but our call to action, as well, for 2019 and beyond.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
Public Charge and Johnson Amendment Issues Still Alive
In 2018, NHSA followed the administration’s proposed Public Charge rule closely. We participated in the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition, submitted public comments to the Department of Homeland Security opposing the rule in its entirety, and provided guidance for organizations to do the same. In all, over 210,000 comments were submitted by the December 10 deadline, making it clear that access to programs that provide food, healthcare, housing, and the like are imperative to the well-being of immigrants and our communities as a whole.
As the 115th Congress came to a close, the Senate chose not to take up the House-passed version of the year-end tax bill. The legislation, which would now need to be reintroduced in the new Congress, would have included a provision to all but repeal the Johnson Amendment. NHSA joined the National Council of Nonprofits and four other national organizations in a letter to Congress expressing strong opposition to the anti-Johnson Amendment language.
In Case You Missed It
The last issue of The NHSA Exchange in 2018 included a recap of NHSA happenings throughout the year. See what we've been up to lately.
We also highlighted this video from The Human Services Council of New York, that humorously illustrates the real challenges human service nonprofits experience with funding.
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 Encore.org »
  • 12 unique funding opportunities each week via GrantStation Insider »
  • What Do We Really Know About “The Cycle of Violence”? from The Dibble Institute from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET on January 9 »
  • How to Build a Best-in-Class Nonprofit Executive Team from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET on January 14 »
  • Improving Hiring, Retention, and Development with Assessments from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET on January 15 »
  • IT Solutions for Nonprofits with Contour Data Solutions from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET on January 24 »
  • Staples Business Advantage: One-Stop-Shop For All of Your Business Needs from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET on January 30 »
  • 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Portland, OR  March 13-15 »
  • Ready by 21 National Meeting in Seattle, WA  April 23-25 »
  • Essential Conversations on Human Services: 2019 NHSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC  June 11 »
  • Bridging the Generations in Portland, OR  June 12-14 »
  • Age+Action Conference in Washington, DC  June 17-20 »
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NHSA's National Reframing Initiative continued it efforts last year under the leadership of the initiative's Director, Bridget Gavaghan. Learn more about the mobilization efforts in 2018 which included 35 workshops, webinars, and presentations in communities across the U.S. and reaching more than 2,100 participants.
Renew Your NHSA Membership
It's time again to renew membership with NHSA. If your organization hasn't completed the 2019 Dues Form and submitted it, reach out to Melanie Richardson, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, at mrichardson@nassembly.org or (202) 347-2080 ext. 32 for more information.
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