Difficulties between local and national agencies are common, largely owing to different perspectives and priorities. Local federations have a strong sense of what a community needs and how to address its problems, while national agencies are often more concerned with replicable models than particular innovations. In order to better serve the local agencies with which national agencies are often out of touch, the author recommends participating in the "LCBC process," connecting local leaders with national leaders in their fields, and inviting local leaders to communicate freely and intimately with national leadership. Though these changes are neither easy nor cheap, the potential to improve national-local relations may well be worth the effort.
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Lurie, Walter A. Allocating to National Agencies - Priorities and Processes. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1971: