Mission & History


NSC (Network for Strong Communities) provides training, leadership development and consultative services for nonprofits in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

NSC was founded in 1996 as a 501(c)3 and is led by a statewide board of directors. Our mission is to strengthen communities by empowering nonprofits and community stakeholders to create lasting social change.

Our vision is that all community stakeholders will develop the capacity to collaborate and create change.



NSC is the industry leader for affordable and innovative capacity building, programs and services and resources that strengthen Missouri and Southern Illinois nonprofits.

NSC was created in 1996 to serve the nonprofit sector as it plays a vital role in setting the agenda for communities and provides leadership for addressing common problems.

NSC is located in St. Louis and serves Missouri and Southern Illinois.