The Virginia League of Social Services Executives (originally named League of Local Welfare Executives) was formed in 1948. According to an article written in August 1950 entitled “The Good Old Days”, the League was “organized to cooperate with the League of Virginia Municipalities, the League of Virginia Counties and other organizations of local public officials to promote higher standards of efficiency and service to the public, to establish closer cooperation and better understanding between local government and the State, to provide a means of interpretation of Public Welfare to the Public” .
The Virginia League of Social Service Executives (VLSSE) became a corporation in 1979 organized exclusively as a charitable and education organization within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code. This was amended to Section 501(c)(4) in 2009.
As described in the “Application for Recognition of Exemption” filed in 1979, the League was “an organization composed of local social services administrators whose purpose was to work toward improved coordination of programs, improved service to clients and improved public education regarding social services issues. The League sponsored surveys for social service program needs, conducted studies and evaluations around problem areas in social services delivery and conducted profession training symposiums to increase the skills and knowledge of social service professionals”.
In 1988, the League recognized a need to have its own spokesman rather than depending on the state as its sole advocate with the governor and the General Assembly in matters related to the development of policy, legislation, and funding. The League President initiated the process to hire a professional lobbyist who led the League to become a very effective player in the legislative process.
Since the League’s inception in 1948, over 25 local agency directors have served as President of the League. To see the complete list of League Presidents, click here.
Quarterly Newsletters ranging from 1982-1992 can be found below.