The National Human Services Assembly (National Assembly) is a leading voice in the human service sector and promotes collaboration among engaged organizations to advance the collective power, knowledge, strategy, and systems that build well-being within individuals and our communities. National Assembly focuses on providing members with a robust set of programs, resources, and tools to strengthen organizations and to support the human service experts on staff. It is also committed to driving change in the human service sector through its public policy work and other initiatives.
See an overview of membership with the National Assembly.
- Learning Networks: The National 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.
- Collaborative Policy Work: The National Assembly has released a FREE public policy tool called PolicySource, to track important federal policy legislation and issues relating to the sector. 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. The National Assembly also provides guidance and action for policy advocates through talking points, sign-on letters, and coalition participation.
- Additional Collaborative Efforts/Initiatives: Most organizations join the National 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), family strengthening through the Two-Gen lens, financial stability, intergenerational programming like the Gen2Gen Campaign, and nonprofit workforce development. The National Assembly and its members also address other issues like aging, health, community development, disabilities, intergenerational, and more by supporting the work of partner organizations and coalitions.
- Sector Developments: Newsletters, like the NHSA Exchange and the Reframing Network Newsletter, are great resources for information on developments in the sector. The National Assembly serves as an aggregator and disseminator of information, seeking out and digesting information from diverse sources so members can find much of what they need in one place. National Assembly Today is also a collective resource for all things news-related, opinion, publications, webinars, and more.
- Discounted Pricing and Group Purchasing: Through a wholly-owned subsidiary, the National 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®. There are also additional partnerships that allow for discounted access to GrantStation Insider and Youth Today.
- Reframing Human Services Initiative: Through generous grant funding, the National Assembly has worked with the FrameWorks Institute for over five years to create a toolkit and information for integrating the Building Well-Being Narrative into human service communications. National Assembly members get certain benefits of the initiative for free or at discounted rates.
- Compensation & Benefit Data: In partnership with another association, the National Assembly produces an annual assessment of compensation and benefit information on key positions at national health and human service organizations.
For more information about membership, contact the Membership Team.