There are two types of membership: Regular and Associate.
An organization qualifying for Regular Member has all of the following characteristics: it is national in scope,
nonprofit, and substantially focused on meeting human needs and/or community development.
An organization qualifying for Associate membership is also national in scope and nonprofit and it shares an interest in
human needs, community development, and/or nonprofit management and leadership but is not primarily focused on meeting human
needs or community development. (Note: an organization qualified for Regular Membership shall not be considered
eligible for Associate Membership.)
An organization wishing to become a member supports the mission of the National Human Services Assembly, agrees to
participate actively in collaborative learning and action efforts (those that are relevant to its own mission and operations), and
agrees to pay its fair-share of dues (based on a formula for Regular Members and a sliding scale for Associate Members).
For organizations that are or aspire to be leaders on the national human services and community development scene, the
National Human Services Assembly is:
- The only forum focused specifically on the concerns of the nonprofit human services/community development sector.
- The “professional association” for the unique learning and networking needs of national or headquarters organizations.
- The “table to be at” to build partnerships, champion the sector, address the challenges that require cross organizational boundaries.
There are also tangible benefits for qualified organizations. The Assembly operates a program designed to save money on
operations so more dollars can go to mission purposes. It offers a very extensive group purchasing program (including hundreds of
vendors of diverse services and products) that can save members many times what they pay the Assembly in dues. For members with
affiliates, the program can also be extended to those affiliates as a benefit of membership in their national organization.