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The New York Public Welfare Association was founded in 1869 as the first public welfare association in the United States. It independently represents all of New York's 58 local social services districts. The Association fulfills a key public role while presenting a variety of opportunities to exchange ideas, develop new initiatives, and refine existing programs and services. The NYPWA is an active partner with government agencies, associations, and community organizations.

The New York Public Welfare Association, Inc. is a dynamic partnership of local social services districts dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of social welfare policy, so that it is accountable to taxpayers and protective of vulnerable people. NYPWA provides information, policy analysis, and technical assistance to federal, state, and local policy makers and direct support to districts.

The New York Public Welfare Association, through its leadership, expertise and the influence of its membership, plays a crucial role in shaping social policy in New York State.

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