National Peace Corps Association > About Us
NPCA is great! You really create wonderful and important events, resources and opportunities for RPCVs to utilize their Peace Corps experiences, goals and visions. — Rick, Philippines 79-80
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps.
The National Peace Corps Association envisions a more peaceful world shaped by greater cross-cultural understanding and lifelong engagement at home and abroad.
The National Peace Corps Association connects and champions Peace Corps community members in “bringing the world home.”
- Develop essential networks and information resources for and about the Peace Corps community.
- Provide National Peace Corps Association members and Groups with service and education opportunities that build on their Peace Corps experience and values.
- Advocate for the Peace Corps and its values and for critical issues identified by National Peace Corps Association members.
The National Peace Corps Association is a nonprofit organization encompassing a network of over 50,000 individuals and more than 140 member groups. The NPCA and its member groups produce global education programs and advocacy campaigns, and provide community, national and international services. It is governed by a board of directors, and is managed by a professional staff. It is separate from the United States Peace Corps, which is a federal agency.
The bylaws are the rules governing the internal affairs of our organization. These rules were established in July 1983 and were last amended in May 2007. You may read our bylaws here.