Some NESC consultants are only slightly aware of the fact that the organization is part of a network of Executive Service Corps around the United States. ESCs operate in a total of 24 states as seen below.
Volunteers from all affiliates contribute more than 100,000 hours of service annually. In 2012, a total of 1,320 projects were completed.
The Executive Service Corps-United States is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission statement is as follows:
“ESC-United States supports ESC affiliates across America and raises national awareness of the value and sustainable impact of the ESC model in its use of highly-skilled volunteers to provide nonprofits and the communities they serve with affordable capacity building services.”
ESC-US serves its members by developing partnerships with national organizations, establishing performance benchmarking for ESC affiliates, facilitating the exchange of best consulting practices and model programs, marketing to national nonprofits, and helping to secure funding for affiliates’ consulting programs.
The organization also hosts an annual National Leadership Conference. This year’s gathering was held in Cincinnati in September where NESC President Betsy Weber ended her term as Chairman of ESC-US but remained on its board as Vice-Chairman. Additionally, NESC Director of Finance Michael Towers joined the board and was named Treasurer of ESC-US. Below are a few photos from this year’s conference.
The network of affiliates developed along with NESC. Under the leadership of former Secretary of the Army Frank Pace Jr., NESC’s founding chairman who served from 1978 to 1987, 33 independent executive service corps organizations with 5,000 volunteer consultants were established.
Gradual changes have occurred over time in the roster of affiliates and in their operating practices—as some have altered their business models to suit local conditions—and in the relationships between them. The network has grown closer together in recent years.