The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) is an independent federal agency established in 1993 that deploys more than 3 million Americans in service through its core programs, including AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National & Community Service
The Corporation for National & Community Service is the nation’s largest grantmaker investing in locally driven service and volunteering efforts. The agency focuses on several high-priority areas including education, healthy futures and economic opportunity.
Congress created CNCS as a public-private partnership designed to release civic energy to meet pressing needs, and to lessen the burden on government, particularly in rural and urban areas where the social safety net is strained. Research shows that for every $1 from taxpayers invested in national service programs, there are returns to society of nearly $17 through higher earnings, increased economic output, and other community benefits.
In addition, national service helps young people develop into leaders, problem solvers and more active citizens. Nine out of 10 AmeriCorps alumni reported that their service experience improved their ability to solve problems. Eight out of 10 alumni say that if they were confronted with a community issue, they could confidently develop a plan to address it and get others to care.
AmeriCorps enables more than 75,000 AmeriCorps members to serve with nonprofit organizations in more than 21,000 locations across the United States. Through participation in AmeriCorps, City Year’s full-time AmeriCorps members earn a taxable living allowance as well as health care benefits. City Year AmeriCorps members who complete a year of service receive a $6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for tuition or to pay off qualified student loans.
Federal investments in City Year are highly leveraged to ensure a maximum return on the taxpayer dollar. For every federal dollar invested in City Year through AmeriCorps, an additional four dollars are raised in matching support through private and local resources.
For more information visit the AmeriCorps website.
State service commission partners
State service commissions are governor appointed commissions that work with CNCS to support service in each state. State service commissions partner with programs such as City Year to secure funding through the annual federal AmeriCorps grant competition. Beyond grant stewardship, commissions determine community needs in their states, provide training and assistance, support national days of service and promote service and volunteering. Over 1,000 private citizens serve as commissioners who are responsible for setting state priorities and developing sustainable infrastructures for service.