A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

Board of Directors Training

Last Revised: Sep 21, 2007 - Initial Posting: Jun 22, 2005

The Office of Community Services/Virginia Department of Social Services has developed a training presentation to help Community Action Agency board members learn about and effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities.


The Office of Community Services under the Virginia Department of Social Services has created a Board of Directors Training presentation (PowerPoint), along with a notes format, to help strengthen governance of Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

The presentation has information that can be used by CAAs nationwide.  A few portions are specific to Virginia (VA - as noted below) and items from each respective state could be substituted accordingly.

The following areas are covered:

  • Introduction and History of Community Action (includes some VA info)
  • Organization, Composition, and Term Limits of CAA Boards
  • Basic Functions and Operations of a CAA Board
  • How to Increase CAA Board Effectiveness
  • Board Relationship with the Executive Director, Staff, Funding Agencies, and the Community
  • Head Start Shared Governance

The VA Office of Community Services has developed several other board training presentations, which can be used in other states without items specifically pertaining to Virginia:


Effective governance is an element of ROMA National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve ResultsCSBG Information Memorandum 82 (issued March 23, 2005) 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.


Dan Deane, Program Specialist