National Urban League and African American College Success

by Justin Bigelow, Policy Associate National Human Services Assembly On Tuesday night, the National Urban League hosted “#MamaIMadeIt: College Success for African Americans.” As a town hall style meeting with students and experts in the education and policy fields, the event sought to highlight the successes and challenges of increasing African American participation in higher…

Nonprofits’ Fractured Partnership with Government

by Jo DeBolt for La Piana Consulting Originally published on La Piana Consulting’s blog. View the original post here. At what cost and for how long? The Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy recently issued its National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles. In the introduction to the study the authors say,…

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

by Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly. Originally published in the Huffington Post. ALL KIDS come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let’s not exclude kids with disabilities–they have these assets as…

What the Media Has Missed on the ACA: How it Helps Low-Income Young People Succeed in School, at Work, and as Parents

by Olivia Golden, Executive Director of CLASP. View the full commentary here. Earlier this month, President Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges; 28 percent (about 2.2 million) were between ages 18 and 34. Other young adults have gained coverage under the ACA…

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

In a new blog post for the Huffington Post, Irv Katz questions if the notion of innovation has been trivialized. Is it something that we intentionally pursue, or is it treated as a fad; the latest go-to-conference? It’s important to remember that innovation is a means to an end, and not a solution in itself. Irv…

The Affordable Care Act’s Step Forward

In a new piece for the Huffington Post, Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, takes a look at the media’s recent convergence on the CBO’s report that cited the impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs. The Olympics are great but the political shows are my favored competition. Not that…

Restoring ‘Valuing Life’ as an American Value

by Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly Crime has fallen in recent years, but, judging by the horrific shootings that seem to take place almost daily in every conceivable kind of venue, it doesn’t feel like it. As a people, we have gone from the outrage over the atrocities at…

Time to Manage Your Charitable Portfolio?

“So many of the organizations we are asked to contribute to appear very worthy of a gift, but I suggest resisting… unless that cause or organization holds a place in your charitable portfolio,” Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly says. “There is really very little to be gained by passivity…