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Accountability of Charitable Organizations

The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector has published recommended actions to strengthen governance, transparency, and accountability among charitable organizations including 501(c)(3) agencies.

Advancing Assets, Opening Opportunities

The Assets Alliance is a capacity-building resource to help organizations expand the number of individuals and families participating in Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and asset-building opportunities.

Asset Building Strategies for Family Economic Security

The Institute for Social and Economic Development has compiled A Guide for Community Action Agency Executive Leadership that outlines a framework to promote Family Economic Security and provides best practice profiles from CAA’s across the U.S.

Board Transformation Toolkits

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence has developed a series of free Board Transformation Toolkits that provide the groundwork for boards to learn new skills, reflect on their strengths and plan steps to become even stronger.

CAA Annual Reports

Annual Reports help broaden understanding and support for Community Action and attract attention to poverty issues and solutions.

CAA Best Practices, Award Programs and Success Stories

CAA Best Practice and Award Programs and CAA Success Stories help gain recognition of the positive results of Community Action, assist CAA’s in identifying initiatives that could be replicated, and serve as motivation for additional support and involvement with CAA efforts.

CAA Board Self-Evaluation Instruments

Effective governance is an element of National Goal 5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results. CSBG Information Memorandum 82 emphasizes that CAA boards are ultimately responsible for assuring that an agencies continue to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family and community outcomes, and remain administratively and fiscally sound.

CAA Training and Capacity Building

State CAP Association Training and Capacity Building activities help strengthen and expand CAA governance, management, and program activities through (a) increased awareness of emerging trends and anti-poverty strategies, (b) skill building, (c) information exchange, and (d) access to materials and resources.

CAA Tripartite Boards – CSBG Information Memorandum 82

The Office of Community Services has developed information about the roles and responsibilities of tripartite boards as required by statute, along with suggestions on how State CSBG authorities, State community action associations, and local agency officials can help assure that boards function effectively.

Certified Community Action Professional Program

The Community Action Partnership offers the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) program for Community Action leaders dedicated to creating more opportunities for their agency and to enhancing their leadership skills.

Circles® USA

Circles® has been developed to serve as a national model by the Move the Mountain Leadership Center. South Central Community Action Programs became involved with the initiative as a way to effectively engage the community to end poverty.

Community Assessment Resources

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle. This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Community Assessments – Examples of CAA Needs Assessment Reports

Needs assessment studies are one component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability cycle. This process is a key feature of an agency’s planning and evaluation process that relates to ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

CSBG Information Memoranda

The Division of State Assistance within the Office of Community Services publishes regulations and notices related to the Community Services Block Grant Program through Information Memoranda that are distributed to CSBG program administrators.

Effective CAA Board Governance

The National Association for State Community Services Programs supports a focus on Effective CAA Board Governance to help increase board involvement, management and accountability.

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Resources to support disaster planning are featured along with tools from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that can be used by Community Action Agencies and others to develop effective Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief plans.

Financial Management for Federally Funded Organizations

The Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides information to help Federal grantee agencies understand and comply with the requirement to have financial management systems that provide for timely, accurate, current and complete disclosure of financial information while providing for oversight and protection of Federal funds.

Foreclosure Assistance Resources

Prevention of mortgage foreclosure promotes ROMA National Goal #1: Low-Income People Become More Self-Sufficient by assisting low-income families to maintain home ownership.

Fundraising Overview

Expansion of an agency’s financial resources is a key element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Grant Opportunities

Expansion of an agency’s financial resources is a key element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit

The Bridgespan Group’s Nonprofit Hiring Toolkit explores important steps to the hiring process that, when done well and thoroughly, will help you find and hire the best talent for your open positions.

Living Wage Calculator

The Living Wage Estimator helps reflect poverty rates among the working poor for use with public policymaking and planning, as well as advocacy initiatives.

Living Wage Campaign Resources

Efforts to promote living wage job opportunities combined with efforts to help families meet basic living expenses such as food, housing, childcare, transportation, and health care are vital toward achievement of ROMA National Goal #2: The Conditions in Which Low-Income Live are Improved.

Mentoring Program Resources

Mentoring is an element of ROMA National Goal 1: Low-Income People Become More Self-Sufficient as reflected in benefits to mentors, in addition to a growing number of studies that have revealed significant associations between youth’s involvement in mentoring relationships and positive developmental outcomes.

Mutual Self-Help Housing Program

The Mutual Self-Help Housing Program expands affordable homeownership opportunities and also helps develop bonds of community and provides children with positive aspirations for their future.

Planning and Evaluation Tools

Strengthening an agency’s planning and evaluation capacities is a key element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.

Public Community Action Agencies

Approximately fifteen percent of all Community Action Agencies are public entities. Virtual CAP has often received requests for information on public CAAs. As a start, a state-by-state listing has been created to help identify and promote sharing among public CAAs.

Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practices

Independent Sector has launched an online Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, a comprehensive collection of tools for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to enhance the accountability and transparency of their operations and ensure they operate in ethical ways.

Resources for Nonprofit Boards

BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.

ROMA Resources

The National Association for State Community Services Programs maintains the ROMA Web Site that contains information concerning Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA), a performance-based initiative designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.

Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America’s Community Action Network

The Community Action Partnership has issued the Rooting Out Poverty Report to serve as the bedrock of a national campaign with suggested strategies for local action to promote a more just, more economically stable, more future focused national policy that helps people and communities reach their full potential.

Rural Family Economic Success

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed Rural Family Economic Success to help rural families increase their income, stabilize their financial lives, and acquire assets and build wealth.

State CAP Association Facebook Pages

State CAP Association Facebook Pages help broaden the understanding of Community Action and attract attention to poverty issues and solutions.

Strategic Communications Planning

As stated by the SPIN Project, a strategic communications plan has the power to transform an organization: both in terms of your credibility and status in your community, and in terms of the way you work together as a team to achieve your mission and vision for your community

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resources

Teen pregnancy prevention is an element of ROMA National Goal 1: Low-Income People Become More Self-Sufficient as a result of evidence reflecting the consequences for teen mothers, as well as the children of teen mothers.

WeCanEndHunger – Overview

WeCanEndHunger provides an in-depth look at innovative food and nutrition programs and projects developed by anti-hunger organizations in Virginia and around the United States.

Resource Information – Child and Adult Obesity

CAAs can provide leadership to help improve the health and well-being of many low-income children and adults by addressing the link between obesity and poverty, which has been demonstrated through various studies

Resource Information: Advocacy for School Nutrition

Various resources are available to help CAAs work with parents and others to promote improvements in school nutrition programs as an important measure to enhance the health and achievement of low-income students