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Irv Katz
Irv Katz is President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services. Member organizations include national offices of large networks of local health & human service organizations as well as national research or resource organizations or national programs.

Entries by Irv Katz

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Co-authored by Julia Sterkovsky, E.D. of the Seattle Human Services Coalition


The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society -- one way we work toward a "more perfect union," even what makes us American. While there have...

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Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:30 AM

All kids come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let's not exclude kids with disabilities -- they have these assets as well. So on what dimension do kids differ?


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At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:27 AM

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. When I think of all the decades and millennia before innovation was discovered, as it has been now, as a distinct thing, the mind boggles at all the...

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Sharing the Job Pool in The New Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:33 PM

The Olympics are great but the political shows are my favored competition. Not that anyone medals, but it is fun to watch the level heads of a David Brooks, a Paul Krugman, or an Andrea Mitchell set the record straight when political hacks, partisan pundits, and think-tank ideologues "skew" the...

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Restoring 'Valuing Life' as an American Value

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Crime has fallen in recent years, but, judging by the horrific shootings that seem to take place almost daily in every conceivable kind of venue, it doesn't feel like it. As a people, we have gone from the outrage over the atrocities at Newtown and Aurora (and all those that...

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Time to Manage Your Charitable Portfolio?

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Whether you select your own stocks and bonds or invest in mutual funds and other vehicles, those with funds to invest put a good deal of effort into managing their portfolios, seeking the right balance of return and capital preservation or capital growth, whatever the objective at one's stage of...

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Strategy, When It Isn't

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:15 PM

Nonprofit organizations are a lot more like businesses than one might think. There really is a bottom line, for example. It is achieving the results the organization is funded for and achieving the financial results -- income within expenses -- that are set by the board annually. There are a...

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Time to Revolutionize the American Way of Aging

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 7:01 PM

I am a part of the human services "industry" and, as such, you can count me among those who have this crazy belief that we could live more fulfilling lives (as in "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness") if we had a more rational approach to aging.


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Who Lands in the Safety Net?

(11) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:16 AM

The rate of poverty is up, but some in Congress want to cut Food Stamps; unemployment persists, but in some states, such as North Carolina, which has a particularly high unemployment rate, politicians want to cut unemployment benefits. This raises an important question: Who do we catch in our safety...

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Is It Charity or Is It Community?

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:13 PM

We like to think that charity is a uniquely -- or at least, an especially -- American tradition. The French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, gave this notion credibility in the early 19th century when he referred to American's propensity to form voluntary associations of all kinds, including charitable. This took...

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Something Is Dying

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:14 PM

A significant part of the fabric of community is in jeopardy, and few are aware of it.

There are the random reports in the media, but they look like isolated incidents. A 130-year-old child care agency closes in Chicago. A Head Start agency closes in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Lutheran Social Services...

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