Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We "must respond to the voices of fear..."

In a statement, Lee Sherman, (the new CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, a coalition of more than 80 nonprofits), noted key challenges he expects to grapple with as head of the coalition: a growing demand for social services coupled with limited resources and a pervasive lack of political support for aiding the needy.

The group, he stated, "must respond to the voices of fear and recrimination that are all too prevalent in our public discourse."

To that end, he expressed enthusiasm for the organization’s Reframing Initiative, an effort launched last year to help human-service providers and advocates explain their work and the complex issues it addresses more effectively.

The Reframing Initiative, he said, "is the single best tool today for changing the conversation."

--Excerpted from Philanthropy Today

The National Human Services Assembly, a Washington, D.C.-based organization comprised of nearly 80 national human service nonprofits, is focused on shaping public dialogue and building capacity for the human services sector while facilitating a robust learning community among nonprofit professionals. The Assembly’s members include such national organizations as AARP, the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy, United Way Worldwide, YMCA, and YWCA. In aggregate, members and their local service networks and affiliates collectively touch, or are touched by, nearly every household in America—as consumers, donors, or volunteers.

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