A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action
Last Revised: Jan 14, 2009 - Initial Posting: Sep 11, 2007

Community Action Kentucky has developed a Board Training Presentation to help Community Action Agency board members learn about and effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities.


Community Action Kentucky (CAK) created a Board Training Presentation to help promote effective governance of CAAs.  Strengthening Board Governance covers:

  • The Mission of the Community Action Agency
  • Board Functions and Operations
  • Board Monitoring
  • A Fully Participating Board
  • Things Boards Should Examine
    • Governance decisions
    • Planning decisions (short and long range)
    • Policy decisions
    • Resource acquisition and allocation decisions
    • Advocacy decisions
  • Boards Supervise Directly Only One Employee – the Executive Director
  • Important Documents
    • Membership solicitation, nominations
    • Community Action Code of Ethics
    • Member Job Descriptions/Expectations
    • Conflict of Interest Declaration
    • Member self-assessment
    • Agendas
    • Minutes (committee, board)
    • Board book
  • Board Membership Requirements
  • Empowering Boards
  • Recruit – Train – Re-Train – Re-Train
    • Recruiting Challenges and Recruiting Solutions
    • Board Training and Training Challenges
  • Retaining Board Members – Retention Challenges and Solutions
  • Are Term Limits Permissible?
  • Executive Director’s Role in Board Development
  • Individual Board Member Evaluation
  • Staff Role
  • What is ROMA? – Results-Oriented Management and Accountability
  • Standards of Excellence
  • Reinventing Organizations

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.


Candace Mattison, Community Services Director