With more than 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the country, the LSA network has a dominant national child welfare presence. The Children, Youth and Families Community of Practice comes together to learn from and with each other to transform the well-being of vulnerable youth and their families by continuing to improve current care practices, develop new and innovative solutions and encourage practitioner informed policy decisions. At the 2015 LSA Annual Conference several members of the Children Youth and Families Community of Practice began working with Sara Morrison from the Center for the Study of Social Policy. A second session, made possible by a grant from the Lutheran Services Children Endowment (LSCE), is planned for June 25th in Washington, DC.
Effecting policy change through targeted advocacy is a complex process. From launching and implementing a policy initiative to sustaining its success, there are distinct challenges and opportunities at each stage of an effective advocacy campaign.
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has announced the establishment of the LSA Disaster Network to build partnerships and obtain additional resources for Lutheran social ministry organizations active in disaster services. The LSA Disaster Network will leverage the experience, expertise, and national footprint of LSA member organizations to increase members’ ability to help local communities prepare, respond and recover from declared and undeclared disasters. LSA organizations are actively involved in disasters large and small; from recovery efforts in Super Storm Sandy to flooding in the rural communities of North Dakota.
April 20, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Lutheran Services in America (LSA), one of the largest health and human services networks in the country, is hosting its 2015 Annual Conference, ‘Farther Together: Stronger Tomorrow,’ in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk from Monday, April 20 to Thursday, April 23 and is bringing together over 300 organizations to discuss new opportunities and challenges affecting the nonprofit world in the United States.
Attention continues to be given to the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the borders into the United States. This year, more than 60,000 refugee minors are expected to enter the U.S. from Central America and other regions, and that number is expected to double in 2015.
We are thrilled to announce that our longstanding Affinity Partnership with the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) has reached a milestone year! Providing exclusive unemployment and HR resources to our members for 15 years, UST has been and will continue to be an invaluable program benefit—dedicated to the education and advancement of nonprofits nationwide.
The charitable and philanthropic sector achieved a victory today with the House approving legislation (H.R. 4719) that would significantly increase charitable giving in the United States.
The Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) held its 2014 Summer Meeting in Columbus, OH from August 5-8. They gathered the LSA-DN Policy Advisory Team (PAT) and Housing Forum.
LSA would like to thank all who participated in our #ThanksBob campaign. We received dozens of messages and well wishes through our Facebook and Twitter pages for Bob Francis, LSA’s outgoing Public Policy and Advocacy Director. LSA joins you in thanking Bob for his services and wishing him well in his next chapter!
Join LSA at our 2015 events hosted in Safety Harbor, FL and San Antonio, TX!