What is NUSA
Neighborhoods, USA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences used to build stronger communities, NUSA continues to encourage networking and information-sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships among neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector for the ultimate goal of strengthening every neighborhood.
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The organizational mission of NUSA has, since its inception, been to build and strengthen neighborhood associations and to promote productive communications and collaborations among those associations with both the public and private sectors. For the past 41 years, the organization has served these broad principles through its annual conference. NUSA's annual conference provides an opportunity for people from all locations, sectors and levels of society to discuss the pressing issues of the times, share experiences and offer assistanace, motivation and encouragement.
NUSA maintains a stable membership base, with the majority of its members coming from its annual conference attendance that attracts hundreds and hundreds of participants from across the nation and around the world.
Each year NUSA solicits nominations to recognize the commitment of neighborhood endeavors, actions and neighborhood-friendly individuals or enterprises by awarding its Neighborhood of the Year (NOTY), Best Neighborhood Program, Neghborhood Newsletter, and Who's Who in America's Neighborhood awards. The NOTY awards have been presented since 1984 as a collective “thank you” for the hard work of nominated neighborhoods and are the only national awards given on an ongoing basis to neighborhood organizations for their self-help initiatives. The Best Neighborhood Program awards are a way for NUSA to recognize outstanding government entities and businesses for their work in improving the quality of life in their communities.
NUSA also publishes its membership newsletters to serve the needs and interests of neighborhood-based organizations and is pursuing new programs and initiatives in response to the evolving concerns of its membership.
NUSA is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors, where members are elected annually to staggered 3-year terms to serve voluntarily and at his/her own expense. The Board directs the ongoing business and policy of the organization, provides oversight for the implementation of each years conference and plays a leadership role in promoting both our organization and the work of neighborhood based activism and self-help initiatives.