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2019 Annual Learning Conference – IACAA

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

The Power of Community Action: Agents of Change

May 5-7 in Springfield, IL

Conference brochure

Schedule-at-a-GlanceConference web page


This year's theme is "The Power of Community Action: Agents of Change."   This theme moves towards learning and sharing evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for disrupting poverty. As Agents of Change, we have the power to not only improve our own local communities, but also improve communities across the country and around the world.

Featured Events

  • Families of Distinction Banquet (May 5)
  • Keynote Speaker: Change Begins with You, Casandra Austin-McDonald
  • Illinois Legislative Update
  • The 2020 Census Session
  • Addressing Community Action’s Role in Battling the Opioid Crisis, Denise Harlow, CEO,, Community Action Partnership
  • CAP Talk
  • Awards Luncheon (FCD Graduate Pinning/Awards)

Training Sessions

Six tracks are being offered – see conference brochure for workshop descriptions and presenters.


  • The Joy of Fundraising
  • Building and Retaining Human Capacity
  • Part I: Becoming an Influential Agent of Change
  • Part II: Leading Change

Local Solutions

  • Revitalization of Partnerships-Affordable Housing
  • Finance and Compliance-Affordable Housing
  • Playing by the Rules: Lobbying and Political Activity
  • Raising the Low-Income Voice: Democratic Selection Procedures for the Low-Income Sector of the Tripartite Board

Systematic Support

  • Fraud Detection
  • Small Office Best Practices and Diving Into Upcoming Accounting Standard Updates
  • ROMA Informational Panel
  • STARS-Tips and Tricks from the Field

Mission Connection

  • Getting the Most from the Partnership Impact Report
  • Collecting and Analyzing Data on the Program and Agency Level
  • Advancing Racial Equity
  • Trauma-Informed Practices


  • Trauma-Informed Customer Service for Educating and Helping Your Clients
  • Storytelling Workshop for Outreach
  • Illinois Solar For All
  • The Smart Grid…Integrated into everything you do


  • The FHL Bank of Chicago’s Affordable Housing Program: An Untapped Weatherization Resource
  • Contractor Management and Technology
  • Mechanical Systems-Meet the Expert
  • Technical Issues-New equipment and a better way of doing the work

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