National Associations

National Associations
Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly FIAC)
Grounded in real-world, real-people experience, AI Justice’s direct work with immigrant clients informs its broader policy work. Its multicultural and multilingual staff works to build alliances between immigrant and nonimmigrant groups, including government, civic, social and faith-based communities.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people.
Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable people.
Community Action Partnership (CAP)
The Community Action Partnership was established in 1972 as the National Association of Community Action Agencies (NACAA) and is the national organization representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to fight poverty at the local level.
Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW), Inc.
Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) membership corporation. It is managed by a Board of Directors composed of current and former CAA executive directors from across the country. Its staff is based in Boston, with a coordinator in Washington, D.C.
Early Head Start National Resource Center
Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women.
Feeding America
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Housing Assistance Council – (HAC)
A nonprofit corporation headquartered in Washington, D.C. helping local organizations build affordable homes in rural America since 1971. HAC emphasizes local solutions, empowerment of the poor, reduced dependence and self-help strategies. HAC assists in the development of both single- and multi-family homes and promotes homeownership for working low-income rural families through a self-help, “sweat equity” construction method. The Housing Assistance Council offers services to public, nonprofit and private organizations throughout the rural United States. HAC also maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farmworkers, the Southwest border colonias and Appalachia.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.
National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)
NASCSP’s mission is to assist states in responding to poverty issues. NASCSP members are state administrators of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE/WAP). The CSBG, administered by the states, provides core funding to local agencies to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and to empower low-income families to become self-sufficient. The DOE/WAP helps low-income families reduce their energy costs by making homes more energy-efficient. The local agencies funded by these programs provide a wide range of services such as weatherization, energy assistance, child care, job training, and housing. NASCSP keeps its members, the federal government, and other interested parties informed about issues related to CSBG and DOE/WAP through its publications.
National Community Action Foundation (NCAF)
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) is a private, non-profit organization which serves as an advocate and lobbyist for low-income programs. Founded in 1981, NCAF members are Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and state and regional associations of CAAs. NCAF is governed by an elected, volunteer board of Directors. NCAF works closely with Members of Congress, federal and state agencies, the executive branch both in Washington, D.C. and the states, and with other public interest groups to maintain adequate funding for anti-poverty programs and to shape future social policy directions.
National Head Start Association (NHSA)
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a private not-for profit membership organization representing more than 900,000 children, 190,000 staff and 2,500 Head Start programs in America. It is governed by a 49-member Board of Directors composed of a director, staff, parent and friend representative from each of the twelve federal regions and the immediate past president. NHSA provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for children prenatal through age five and their families. It is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community.
National Rural Housing Coalition (News & Publications)
NRHC works daily to promote and defend the principle that rural people have the right, regardless of income, to a decent place to live or an affordable home, clean drinking water, and basic community services.
Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships works to build bridges between the federal government and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to better serve Americans in need.
Second Harvest
Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation.
The Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.