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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Anne Nixon

It is with great admiration and sorrow that we announce the passing of Anne Knoll Nixon whom we mourn as the author of five of the six narratives for our monographs about prominent social leaders and activists of the past century.  Anne brought Jane Addams, Maud and Ballington Booth, William Edwin Hall, Ruth Standish Baldwin [...]

Who We Are & What We Do

The Human Spirit Initiative, a program of the National Human Services Assembly,  exists to inspire your desire to make a difference. We urge you to open your eyes, recognize the needs around you, and take action in your community and in the world.

We have stories to tell about social entrepreneurs of the past, [...]

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

As Americans we are inclined to associate with causes bigger than ourselves. This “human spirit” is most obvious in our human services sector, in organizations such as Volunteers of America, Special Olympics, and The National Urban League. But in the face of contemporary challenges we often forget that such “brand names” — multi-million dollar agencies [...]

Informing, educating and inspiring action!

“Victories are not won by lone individuals” Fraser, James W. A History of Hope: When Americans Have Dared to Dream of a Better Future

Today’s established organizations were new ideas 50-75-100 years ago and we owe those ideas to their founders. By studying, researching and communicating the details of these founding leaders lives, [...]