A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2020 (Virtual) Annual Learning Conference – IACAA

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

Ignite. Inspire. Influence

October 13-14

Conference brochure
17 pages

Conference schedule – Conference web page

Keynote Sessions

Prioritizing Allyship and Inclusion During Unprecedented Times, Tiffany Mathis, CEO & Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois

Committee of the Whole Legislative Update with Dalitso Sulamoyo (IACAA Board Chair), David Bradley (NCAF) and two Illinois lobbyists

By the People: Leveraging Your Community’s Civic Engagement with Ryan Gelman, Esq., Senior Associate, Public Policy & Advocacy and Lindsay Marsh, Special Projects Senior Associate, Community Action Partnership

Business Incubators as a Tool for Increasing Inclusion and Diversity, K.C. Doyle, ComEd

Training Sessions

Six tracks plus an Operations Track are being offered – see conference brochure for workshop descriptions and presenters.


  • Building/Maintaining a High Performance Workforce
  • Reasonable Suspicion-Something More Than A Hunch
  • Improve Client Experience and Break Down Digital Silos with Centralized Intake
  • Diversity and Inclusion Awareness


  • Is your prospective 20/20 in 2020
  • Finding and Igniting Your Purpose
  • Adjusting a Nonprofit Organization to the “New Normal”
  • Fundraising Strategies to Help Build a Bottom Line

Systematic Support

  • Negotiating Tips for Nice People
  • Data Collection and Analysis in Community Action
  • Portraits of Generosity: The Results of the 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy
  • COVID Response in Philanthropy

Mission Connection

  • Living in Poverty vs. Being Poor – Is there a difference?
  • The Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s Response to the Pandemic
  • Trauma-informed Approach to Ending Chronic Homelessness
  • The Welfare Poverty Trap in Illinois


  • Mindfulness-Based Self-Care in the Workplace and Beyond
  • Analyzing What Drains You and Meaningful Self-Care
  • Tools for Taming Stress in the Workplace
  • Personal Rebooting: Resetting in Today’s Challenging Work Environment

Housing and Homelessness

  • Planning, Community Revitalization, and Creating Opportunity at the Illinois Housing Development Authority two-part session)


  • Agency-Wide Budgets and Cost Allocation
  • Fiscal Officers Round Table

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