How to Join


  • Learning Networks: The Assembly offers peer networks for people in a variety of positions at national organizations—COO's, CFO's, HR Directors, and more. Some meet once or twice a year, others more often. These typically become a network of 15 to 30 close associates who learn together and call upon one another for the latest information.
  • Leadership Development: Each year, the Assembly offers different kinds of leadership development opportunities for different groups among its membership. Examples include the NHSA Executive Leadership Certificate Program, a fellowship for emerging and diverse leaders, and a two-day leadership institute for CEO's and board leaders.
  • Collaborative Policy Work: The Washington Policy Council engages policy staff from member organizations in developing and pursuing a shared agenda, with different agencies leading the way in their areas of interest and expertise.
  • Big-Picture Affinity Groups: Most organizations join the Assembly, in great part, to join with others in effecting systems change—improving conditions for those in need and improving service delivery for them. Currently, interest areas include children and youth (addressed by the National Collaboration for Youth, a coalition supported by the Assembly) family strengthening, and nonprofit workforce development. The Assembly and its members also address other issues (e.g., aging, health, community development) by supporting the work of sister coalitions.
  • Sector Developments: Assembly newsletters are great resources for information on developments in the sector. The Assembly serves as an aggregator and disseminator of information, aggressively seeking out and digesting information from diverse sources so members can find much of what they need in one place.
  • Group Purchasing: Through a subsidiary called National Assembly Business Services, the Assembly makes available to members and their affiliates a diverse array of products and services at deeply discounted rates. The program is known as PurchasingPoint®.
  • Reframing Human Services Initiative: Through generous grant funding, the Assembly has worked with the FrameWorks Institute for over three years to create a toolkit and information for integrating the Building Well-Being Narrative into human service communications.
  • Compensation & Benefit Data: In partnership with another association, the Assembly produces an annual assessment of compensation and benefit information on key positions at national health and human service organizations.

See more about membership benefits with the National Assembly.

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