August 1, 2019      Volume 4, Issue 15
Message From the CEO
I Want to Live There
I have lived in Baltimore City for the past 35 years. I was born in Baltimore. My parents were raised in Baltimore. My children were born in Baltimore. Elijah Cummings was my Congressman for many years (I didn’t move, but the district line did). He is a man of dignity and grace, a dedicated public servant.
The president attacked Rep. Cummings and my city. He attacked me, my family, my friends, my neighbors. Not only are we humans, we know how to express our humanity. We know that it takes civility and tolerance to build community. We are a community, with all of its triumphs and challenges.
Elijah Cummings is a hard-working member of Congress who returns to his district every day after work. A district that is a majority black, has a higher percentage of college graduates than the country as a whole, and a median income of over $60,000. The president tweeted that “No human being would want to live there.” I want to live here.
Lee Sherman, President & CEO
Of Note...
International Leaders Visit NHSA to Discuss At-Risk Youth Issues
Last week, NHSA hosted a group from Mexico as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through the U.S. Department of State. The premise of the visit was to discuss effective ways of addressing the needs of underserved and at-risk youth. NHSA’s work with youth-serving nonprofits and programs or initiatives provided ample examples of how the U.S. addresses issues through a human service perspective. The leaders that visited represented different cities and NGOs from all across Mexico and were eager to take back what they had learned. NHSA was pleased to host the IVLP group through the program for the third year in a row.
Proposed SNAP Reform Threatens Community Well-Being
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a proposed rule entitled “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).” SNAP is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to families to increase well-being. It is currently the largest food assistance program in the country, serving approximately 9.5 million families. SNAP can be an essential support to lift families and older adults out of poverty and provide food security. Nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. Read our blog post for more on this proposed rule and its potential impact.
NHSA opposes regulatory actions that make essential benefits less accessible to families, children, older adults, and people with disabilities. SNAP eases food insecurity for many Americans and helps all members of our community thrive. The proposed rule is open for public comments until September 23, 2019.  Public comments should be unique and highlight any expertise your organization has on the issue.
Juvenile Justice Reform, Forum and New Report
Earlier in July, NHSA CEO Lee Sherman attended the 2019 Janet Reno Forum on Building the Ideal Juvenile Justice System. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University hosted the event, which was co-sponsored by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP), and attended by more than 200 researchers, policy makers, youth advocates, and juvenile justice system and child welfare practitioners. Attendees explored the following central question: What exactly does the ideal juvenile justice system look like and how do we get there? CJJR also shared a new report “A Roadmap to the Ideal Juvenile Justice System” which lays out the guiding principles and strategies for the ideal juvenile justice system, while providing a plethora of practical examples of these ideals in action.
Opportunities and Resources
Worth Checking Out
Funding Opportunities
  • 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
  • “Resources for Asserting and Advancing Consumer Rights and Education” via National Disability Institute from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET on August 14 »
  • “Learning About Positive Youth Development: A Free & Fun Course for Youth Work Professionals” via The Dibble Institute from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET on August 14 »
  • ON DEMAND - Volunteer Perspective: Industry Insights for 2019 via PurchasingPoint and Verified Volunteers Recording »
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Before the August Congressional recess, we thought it was a good time to share a nicely framed advocacy piece that you might wish to use during district visits with your Members. "Ensuring that Charitable Giving is Accessible to All Americans" asserts that all taxpayers should be eligible for the charitable tax deduction. Written by Susan N. Dreyfus, President and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide, appeared in the Philanthropy Journal News. Dreyfus and Gallagher use reframing language and strategies to make the case for legislation that would create a “universal tax deduction” to address this sector-wide problem so that all donors to nonprofit organizations could claim the charitable tax deduction.
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.
Please take the survey before it closes on Aug. 28:
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