Serving Immigrants and Refugees since 1921

Nationalities Service Center (NSC) is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our strength lies in the diversity of our clients and services. Since NSC’s founding in 1921, our mission has been to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society.

Our Stories

NSC Board Chair, Alicia Karr, selected as Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40!

screen-shot-2015-05-19-at-70501-pmAlicia Karr, Nationalities Service Center’s Board Chair, was recently selected as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40! Read more about Alicia and her accomplishments in the PBJ announcement HERE!

Hint: she is number 34 in the slideshow, but number 1 to us!

Congratulations, Alicia! We are so very proud of you!


Thank You for Making Global Tastes 2015 a Success!

dsc_4679More than 225 guests gathered at Reading Terminal Market on May 14 for Global Tastes 2015 to celebratePhiladelphia’s rich diversity through food and to honor those who have supported the work of Nationalities Service Center. This year, NSC honored Hernán Guaracao, Founder & CEO of AL DÍA News Media Inc., with the 2015 Nationalities Service Award for his work within the publishing community to reach Spanish-speaking immigrants. The 2015 Margaret Harris Award was presented to Ballard Spahr LLP for their extensive pro bono legal support to NSC.

screen-shot-2015-05-19-at-72235-pmGuests sampled cuisines from around the world while enjoying varied entertainment, including the XOL Azul Band and Hipnosis Tribal Belly Dancers. We especially would like to thank our sponsors, participating restaurants, and in-kind sponsors for their support of this event.

Did you miss Global Tastes this year? You can view more pictures here!

See you next year!


NSC Receives Unprecedented $1M Transformation Grant

In an historic and generous demonstration of support, an anonymous donor has confirmed a donation of $1 million to Nationalities Service Center (NSC). This is the largest single gift from an individual in NSC’s long and storied history. According to Margaret M. O’Sullivan, Executive Director of NSC, “This gift is a breathtaking expression of generosity. It demonstrates the kind of informed, strategic and authentically empathetic kind of giving that we hope will inspire others to recognize how much this organization is doing to provide a dignified response to the extraordinary challenges which face the immigrants and refugees that we are privileged to serve.” This donation is an investment in the sustainability and future of NSC, offering financial support in the areas of staff investment, debt reduction, capital improvements to the operational headquarters, and the creation of a restricted Reserve Account to shore up NSC’s financial position for the long term.