Ep #019: National Peace Corps Association – Giving Tuesday

Support the National Peace Corps Association’s Advocacy Fund today

National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) envisions a united and vibrant Peace Corps community – one that is mobilized to create social change. To achieve this vision, NPCA champions lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals. That means they support all of you – current and returned Peace Corps volunteers, current, and former staff, host country nationals, family, and friends – in your efforts to create a world that reflects these ideals. NPCA has three specific goals that advance this mission:

  1. Help the Peace Corps be the best that it can be
  2. Empower members and affiliate groups to thrive
  3. Amplify the Peace Corps community’s global development impact

Organizational Model

After 35 years as a loose association of Peace Corps alumni, NPCA has transformed itself into a mission-driven social impact organization that is mobilizing over 225,000 individuals and more than 165 affiliate groups to act on their Peace Corps ideals. The bylaws, which were established in July 1983 and amended in June 2015 to reflect this change, guide the work of NPCA’s dedicated board of directors and professional staff.

Click here to find your affiliate group

NPCA & Peace Corps — What’s the Difference?

The Peace Corps is a U.S. government agency created on March 1, 1961 via Executive Order 10924 issued by President John Kennedy. As of 2017, the Peace Corps had about 7,000 Volunteers and trainees spread across 63 countries and an annual budget of $410 million.

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a small professional staff based in Washington, D.C., right across the street from the Peace Corps agency. NPCA serves the entire Peace Corps community, encouraging and celebrating their lifelong commitment to Peace Corps ideals and building their capacity to make a profound difference in the world.

Support the National Peace Corps Association’s Advocacy Fund today


2 Comments on Ep #019: National Peace Corps Association – Giving Tuesday

    • Jim, any contributions go to the National Peace Corps Association and not directly to Peace Corps. NPCA advocates for Peace Corps and works to ensure that Congress continues to fund Peace Corps, which makes up the vast majority of Peace Corps funding. Peace Corps can’t go an lobby on their behave, but NPCA works to coordinate advocacy efforts where volunteers lobby their congresspeople. NPCA has two full-time staff people that work on Peace Corps advocacy in Congress. However, if you want to learn about donating to Peace Corps projects or issues, check out https://www.peacecorps.gov/donate/.

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