Who 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 toward building stronger communities, NUSA now continues to encourage
networking and information sharing to facilitate thedevelopment of partnerships
between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector.
The organizational mission of NUSA has, since its inception, been to build and
strengthen neighborhood associations and to promote productive communications
and collaborations between those associations and both the public and private
sectors. The organization has, for over thirty years, served these broad
objectives in part through the conduct of an annual conference. This 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
encouragement or assistance.
Today the organization maintains a stable membership base of approximately 1,000, with annual conference attendance’s that range from 600-900 participants. Each year the Board solicits nominations to recognize the commitment of neighborhoods and neighborhood friendly individuals or enterprises in awarding “Neighborhood of the Year” (NOTY), Best Neighborhood Program and “NUSA Notables” 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 newsletters targeted to 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, elected annually to staggered terms to serve voluntarily and at his or 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.