Resource Library

Leading Through Innovation: Featuring Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership

Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director of Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, shares her agency’s transformation story as part of the Whole Family Approach Community of Practice.

Bridging to Equity: Developing a Community Approach to Racial Equity

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.

Implementing ROMA Toolkit

This module is designed to support a local Community Action Agency in implementing a full cycle of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability process. It is intended to apply basic principles of a results orientation, identify key elements of success, and discuss the roles of staff and board in assuring agency-wide understanding of ROMA.

Pathways to Excellence The Community Action Journey to Organizational Excellence

Learn about Pathways to Excellence, the Partnership’s organizational capacity building initiative. This session will provide an overview of the Standards of Excellence and the Pathways self-study process as well as introduce new components and upcoming opportunities. The Standards of Excellence are a set of thirty-five best-in-class CAA practices with the Pathways self-study offering the opportunity to assess where your agency is compared to each Standard. A peer review and comprehensive feedback report is provided to each agency completing the self-study.

The Belly Button Rule of Good Process Management

This webinar recording provides information on how good process management practices fit into the ROMA performance management methodology. A ROMA Implementer from CAP of Central Illinois will discuss where process is introduced as part of service/activity development and how process effectively incorporates accountability principles into the daily operations of performance driven organizations.

Implementing ROMA: Curriculum Showcase

This webinar discusses the launch of the Implementing ROMA curriculum to complement the ROMA Next Generation Training Series and shares curriculum content, training components and options for utilization.

Empowering Your Board to Lead: Resources for Board Training and Orientation

Board members, whether seasoned or recently elected to the board, need tools equipping them to take on the responsibilities of overseeing a Community Action Agency (CAA)’s operations and programs. This webinar highlights new resources, developed by CAPLAW in collaboration with the Community Action Partnership, on tripartite board roles and responsibilities, one for public CAAs and the other for nonprofit CAAs, as well as a series of four guides that help boards of CAAs with Head Start programs implement specific governance requirements that overlap between the CSBG Organizational Standards and the Head Start Performance Standards.

Fundamentals of Financial Capability, Human-Centered Design & Racial Economic Inequality

Prosperity Now’s Jennifer Medina and Brick by Brick Consulting’s Shenell Thompson discuss the fundamentals of financial capability, human-centered design and racial economic inequality. As a participant you can:

– Review the core components of financial capability and reflect on how your organization is supporting families in becoming more financially secure. – Become familiar with the human-centered design process and reflect on how it compares to your organization’s current approach to serving clients. – Learn about racial economic inequality in the United States and reflect on how current and historical policies and practices create disparities for households of color

Google Nest: Discounts on Thermostats for Low-Income Households

  Google Nest is working to address the high energy burdens that affect so many in the communities we serve. Through the Power Project, they are committed to making one million of the Nest Thermostat E available at reduced pricing to low-income home energy programs. That discount is available to any organization that addresses the […]

Demystifying Data Analysis

This webinar, delivered live on September 11, 2019, provides simple analysis techniques and stories from local Community Action Agencies as they conduct the evaluation phase of the ROMA Cycle. Elements of a data-centric agency are reviewed along with ideas about what is needed to have good data. Examples of putting analysis of data to work during decision making will demonstrate how to USE data for program improvement.

Learn About First Nonprofit

Nonprofits typically have fewer unemployment claims than the private sector; therefore, they often subsidize the state unemployment fund by paying more than necessary. Federal and state laws allow 501(c)(3) organizations to reimburse the state unemployment fund, rather than pay the SUI tax in advance of having actual claims. FNP’s unemployment programs may well reduce your unemployment costs if you currently participate in the state tax system and can provide you with a safety net if you have already chosen the reimbursable option.

Participation in FNP programs provides:
•Fixed annual cost for budgetary certainty
•Multiple options for different coverage levels specific to CAP agency needs
•Knowledgeable team of unemployment specialists to handle all your UI needs
•Expert claims representation for unemployment hearings and audits
•Access to training and services that can decrease the number of invalid unemployment claims
•No pooling or shared risk

We encourage you to watch this informative webinar. A quote from FNP is free with no obligation to join their program, so you have nothing to lose! As an added bonus, Community Action Agencies receive a 20% discount on the one-time enrollment fee.

Community Action and AmeriCorps VISTA Insights on How You Can Best Utilize This Resource

Abby Hanks of the Virginia State Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and Lil Dupree of the Partnership speak about AmeriCorps VISTA, its long history with Community Action, and how to get started using this incredible resource.

Sustainability & Resource Development: Reviewing the Fundamentals

This webinar includes an introduction and overview of key elements of resource development and sustainability for new staff members and a thoughtful review for seasoned development staff. The National Community Action Partnership staff presenting will cover financing challenges, sustainability planning, grants, social enterprise, fee for service, and fundraising.

Transforming Perspectives The Community Action Poverty Simulation CAPS

Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is an interactive immersion experience designed to sensitize community participants to the realities of poverty, and ultimately transform perspectives. In this webinar, the National Community Action Partnership and Missouri Community Action Network discuss this powerful tool and how you can use it in your own community to make a lasting impact

 

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