Big Changes Still Possible from Lame Duck Congress

by Laura Welling, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Goodwill Industries International, Inc. Originally published on the Goodwill Blog   In American politics, the term “lame duck” was first used in 1863 in reference to “broken-down politicians.” However, the phrase originated in 18th century London as a finance phrase, referring to someone who defaulted on…

Upcoming Events in September

As Congress returns from their August recess, briefings are once again populating our event calendar. Here are two that we wanted to highlight from Feeding America and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., two of NHSA’s members.     Hunger in America 2014: A Study on the Charitable Food Assistance Network  Friday, September 12 10:00am-11:00am — 332…

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,…

Congress Passes WIOA: Reactions from the Field

In a rare sign of bipartisanship support for human services and human development, a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act passed by an incredible majority of 415-6 in the House of Representatives, and by an overwhelming margin in the Senate, 95-3. The job training bill, renamed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, includes provisions focused on supporting disconnected and opportunity…

Cardboard Stories: Rethink Homelessness

How many of you walked by a ‪‎homeless person this morning? The video below challenges you to rethink your assumptions about their lives. One of the National Human Services Assembly’s members, the National Network for Youth, is committed to advocating at the federal level to educate the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. They are a…

Join the National Call In Day for Juvenile Justice Funding Today!

From SparkAction. View the original post here. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will be making federal funding decisions for critical juvenile justice programs. Please call your Senator today!  Enter your Zip Code to get the phone number and talking points. Urge your Senator to support funding for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act…

Child Welfare’s Million Dollar Problem

Reblogged from CWLA at childrensmonitor.wordpress.com. Subscribe to their blog for more updates.  There is essentially an unwritten rule for child welfare programs in Washington, D.C.: expanded funding must be “paid for” through cuts to other areas of the budget—usually child welfare itself.  This has been true even in times of budget surplus. On Tuesday, April 29…

Rallying Congress to Safeguard Mentoring Funding

by Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations at MENTOR Congress is developing its budget and appropriations priorities for the fiscal year 2015 (FY15). It is critical that they hear from the mentoring community now about the importance of a strong funding commitment for the Youth Mentoring Grant program at the Office of Juvenile Justice and…