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The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

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WEBINAR: Strategic Planning 101 - Sept. 30, 2015

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CSBG Organizational Standards Training - June 2015

RPIC Training & Technical Assistance Resources


To encourage and support professional development of emerging staff leaders within the Region IX CSBG network, RPIC LINKS is pleased to share the Region IX Emerging Leaders Institute for Training & Excellence (ELITE) training modules. The program is a self-learning course of eight training modules adapted from the national Community Action Partnership’s ELITE Implementation Resources Guide (EIRG). The training modules and materials are adapted from the national CAP’s EIRG for the Region IX RPIC program are:

ELITE Program Modules

Module 1:  Leadership

Module 2:  Public Administration

Module 3:  Fiscal Integrity

Module 4:  Human Resources

Module 5:  Strategic Planning

Module 6:  Advocacy

Module 7:  Cultural Competency

Module 8:  Measuring Performance

nCAP link to videos and slide shows for the ELITE training modules: CLICK HERE

T/TA Webinars

Strategic Planning 101: The Strategic Planning Process for Community Action Agencies
Original Air Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Presented by: John Heath, CalCAPA Executive Director

Summary:This introductory webinar will walk you through the basic community action strategic planning process. You will learn the core components of a strategic planning process and the main tasks and deliverables that make up each phase of the process. Being specific to community action, you will understand how community action strategic planning differs from traditional nonprofit strategic planning and how a community needs assessment, community action plan and ROMA fit into the strategic planning process. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview that familiarizes participants with strategic planning process as it relates to community action.

Strategic Planning 101 PowerPoint (PDF)

Getting on Board: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Original Air Date: Monday, April 21, 2015

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Presented by: Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Manager

Summary: Evidence-based programs are being advanced by both policymakers and funders as a strategy to achieve greater return on investments. To increase your understanding to meet this growing demand, this webinar will introduce you to ten suggested steps to adopting and sustaining EB practices and the six "drivers" of success in implementing EB practices. Helpful tools and related resources will be provided to help you and your agency get on board with this movement. 

Getting on Board: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices PowerPoint Slides (with links to resources)
Getting on Board: Evidence-Based Programs and Practices PowerPoint Handout

ROMA Next Generation Explained
Original Air Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

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Presented by: Barbara Mooney & Jenae Bjelland, NASCSP

Summary: ROMA Next Generation will require greater performance management and accountability of Community Action agencies. To increase your understanding of what this will mean for your agency, this webinar will provide details about how ROMA Next Generation will improve performance management, what the benefits of a local Theory of Change are for agencies, what kinds of changes are being made to the CSBG Information Survey (IS) and the specific changes to the National Performance Indicators that are being recommended. 

ROMA Next Generation Explained PowerPoint

COLLECTIVE IMPACT: A Community Change Strategy
Original Air Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Presented by: Ken Ackerman, VirtualCAP

Collective impact, as described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011), is an approach that can lead to powerful results in solving societal problems beyond what any "single organization, however innovative or powerful, could accomplish...alone." This webinar will begin with an overview of the five conditions of collective success. Then we'll explore some initiatives that promote coordinated approaches toward eliminating poverty. These will include some examples where CAAs are serving in leadership roles. 

Collective Impact: A Community Change Strategy PDF (PowerPoint slides with links)
Collective Impact: A Community Change Strategy Webinar Handout

Original Air Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Presented by: Ken Ackerman, VirtualCAP

How do you measure self-sufficiency in your community? Pinning down the answer to this question is critically important to design effective anti-poverty strategies for your agency. This webinar will highlight various resources that will help you break down factors involved with building family economic security. This information can also help you to promote a greater understanding of poverty in your community, as well as to foster key partnerships and advocacy efforts.

Self-Sufficiency and Economic Security PDF (PowerPoint slides with links)
Self-Sufficiency and Economic Security Webinar Handout

BOARD RECRUITMENT & RETENTION: How to Move from Bored to Board
Original Air Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Presented by: Joan Minasian, Davies & Associates

Summary: This webinar will walk you through the ten basic responsibilities of the board, explore strategies and best practices on board recruitment, and provide you with the tools and support to assess your board's current functionality. After assessing your board, you will be able to identify and implement intentional steps towards creating a great board - one with productive relationships wherein board members understand and embrace their roles and responsibilities and create a vision for the future.

How to Move from Bored to Board Toolbox

How to Move from Bored to Board PowerPoint
Ten Basic Responsibilities of the Board
Board Skills Analysis
Board Officer Job Descriptions
Board Member Contract
Suggested Contrent for Board Handbook
Board Attendance Matrix
Annual Board Evaluation
Board Terms Matrix
CAPLAW: Board Composition/Selection Best Practices Checklist

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director
Original Air Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 

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Presented by: Carol Davies, Davies & Associates

Summary: This webinar will teach you how to create a career engagement strategy that will enable you to fully maximize opportunities and effectively build networks within your first year as a new director. You will develop an understanding of your new position as an organizational leader, learn the keys to success in transitioning to an executive position and discover the key functional areas that will help you be perceived as a high impact performer and valuable asset to the agency.

How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director Toolbox

How to Succeed in Your Role as a New Director PowerPoint
Becoming a Great Executive Director
Three Lessons from a New Executive Director
Survival Tips for a New ED
Checklist for New Directors
Leading an NPO: Tips and Tools
Tips for Transitioning to a Senior Nonprofit Role
Managing a Leadership Transition

DATA COLLECTION & MANAGEMENT: Leveraging Data for Action
Original Air Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Presented by: Allison Hensleit, Davies & Associates

Data - we try to collect it, we try to analyze it, and we try to respond to it.  More often than not, lot of time and effort is spent with little to show for how our data can be utilized to assess and improve our programs. This webinar will cover a variety of tools and techniques to help your organization build an intentional data management strategy using new approaches for effective and sustainable data collection. In addition, you will learn how to select and evaluate targets, identify NPIs requiring performance improvement plans, and, most importantly, tell compelling stories with your data.

Leveraging Data for Action Toolbox

Leveraging Data for Action PowerPoint (including Appendices)
Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook

DIVERSIFYING REVENUES: How to Sustain our Work
Original Air Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 

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Presented by: Carol Davies & Joan Minasian, Davies & Associates

This webinar will provide you with the tools and support to create a funding strategy that builds a sustainable organization.  You will learn how to evaluate your current approaches and sources of funding and identify what funding models align with your organization's mission/vision. With this foundation, the webinar will explore potential revenue sources and your "fit" with each source, teach you the necessary infrastructure required for a successful funding strategy, and  how and when to make that big decision to implement.

How to Sustain our Work Toolbox

How to Sustain our Work PowerPoint
Recommendations for Sustainability
Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability
Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

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Board of Directors

2015 - 2017


Brian Angus
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
1st Vice President
Gene Walker
Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
2nd Vice President
Brenda Callahan-Johnson, CCAP
Merced Community Action Agency
Salam Nalia
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Ernie Flores
Central Valley Opportunity Center
Advocacy & Education Committee
Jeremy Tobias
Community Action Partnership of Kern
Legislative & Public Policy Committee
Val Martinez
Redwood Community Action Agency
Membership & Meetings Committee
Tim Hockett, CCAP
Community Action Centura County, Inc.
Representative, Board
Connie Jones
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Representative, NCAF
Clarence W. "Buddy" Ray, CCAP
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Past Board President
Darick Simpson
Long Beach Community Action Partnership
California/Nevada Community Action Partnership
John A. Heath

National Initiatives

Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)

The national Partnership offers a professional credential program for Community Action leaders and staff. Learn more.


Pathways to Excellence


Pathways to Excellence is the national Partnership's capacity building initiative. This initiative focuses on getting organizations started on their own unique journey toward excellence using the Self-Study and Comprehensive Feedback Process as diagnostic tools for setting agency improvement priorities. Keep in mind that you can't improve what you don't measure, and you can't set in motion an improvement strategy if you don't first establish "what's most important" to improve, and where you need to begin. Learn More


The Emerging Leader’s Institute for Training and Excellence examines leadership skills, builds or enhances content knowledge, and develops focused Individual Development plans that can be used to plan and guide development – and career! - as a leader.

Capacity Building and T&TA Resources

The Association offers a variety of capacity building and training & technical assistance resources to CSBG eligible entities each year. These activities are funded through our contracts with the California Department of Community Services & Development and the federal Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services. We encourage your agency to review the resources listed below and request a resource/training by calling CalCAPA at (916) 443-1721. Please take advantage of these opportunities!

Peer to Peer Trainings

Peer to Peer training is utilized when a peer requesting assistance is matched with an expert peer to deliver training on a specific topic area. Examples of peer to peer trainings include financial management, human resources, community development and board administration. These trainings are designed to utilize the CSBG peer network to improve innovation and creativity. Request a peer to peer training today.

Tripartite Board Trainings

CalCAPA is pleased to offer with tripartite Board trainings to CSBG eligible entities and cover the following topics: history, philosophy and current challenges of Community Action and the roles, rights and responsibilities of the tripartite Board.

Outside Consultants

Do you have a specific need or challenge that would benefit from training provided by an expert consultant? CalCAPA can arrange for a consultant to come to your agency and provide training (or a series of trainings/meetings) – examples of topics that can be provided include sustainability planning, executive director recruitment & retention and fiscal systems consulting.

Education & Events



  • Arizona Community Action Association 
  • California Community Action Partnership Association
  • Nevada Community Action Association
  • Hawaii State Association of Executive Directors of CAAs
  • Guam Bureau of Social Services Administration 
  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Funded through the Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a cooperative agreement supports ongoing State, regional, and National T/TA strategies for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Agency Associations. Each Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC) coordinates regional T/TA activities among State Associations with the central mission of ensuring that all CSBG-eligible entities are able to meet high-quality performance standards and utilize evidence-informed service approaches to address the identified needs of low-income people in communities.

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The Promise of Community Action

Welcome to CalCAPA

We are the California Community Action Partnership Association (CalCAPA). 

John A. Heath, Executive Director shares his vision:

John A. Heath, Executive Director



CAP Services, Inc.

CAP Services, Inc.

CAP Services, Inc.

CAP Services, Inc.

Yellowstone Country Assistance Network

Uinta County Human Services

Northwest CAP of Wyoming (NOWCAP)

Council of Community Services

Community Resource Center

Community Action Partnership of Natrona County

Community Action of Laramie County, Inc.

Carbon County Community Action Committee

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council

West Central Wisconsin CAA, Inc. (West CAP)

Southwestern Community Action Program

Social Development Commission

Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency

Northwest Wisconsin Community Service Agency

North Central Community Action Program, Inc.


Lakeshore CAP, Inc.

Indianhead Community Action Agency

Couleecap, Inc.

Community Action Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties

Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc.

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc.

CAP Services, Inc.


Telamon Corporation

Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc.

Raleigh County Community Action Association, Inc.

PRIDE Community Services

North Central West Virginia Community Action Association

Nicholas County Community Action Partnership, Inc.

Mountain Heart Community Services, Inc.

Mountain CAP of West Virginia, Inc.

Eastern West Virginia Community Action Agency

Council of the Southern Mountains

Community Resources, Inc.

Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia

Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc.


Central West Virginia Community Action Association, Inc.

Capital Resource Agency, Inc.

Washington Gorge Action Program Council

Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs

Solid Ground

Snohomish County Human Services CAP

Skagit County Community Action Agency

Seattle Conservation Corps

Rural Resources Community Action

Pierce County Community Connections Community Action Program

Opportunity Council

Olympic Community Action Programs

Okanogan County Community Action Council

OIC of Washington

Northwest Community Action Center

Neighborhood House, Inc.

Multi-Service Center

Metropolitan Development Council Pierce County

Lower Columbia Community Action Council

Kitsap Community Resources


Hope Source

El Centro De La Raza

Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties

Community Action Center Whitman County

Coastal Community Action Program

Clark County Department of Community Services

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council

Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP)

Blue Mountain Action Council

Benton Franklin Community Action Committee

Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Agency

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Reduction in Homelessness

Community Impact

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