What's New at CAPLAW?

 

new United Planning Organization (UPO) Case Study

“If you want to make change in communities, you’ve got to create vehicles where people can be part of the change. This election process does that.”

CAPLAW added a new case study to the "Raising the Low-Income Voice" series. This series of case studies addresses the ways that CAAs are meeting the CSBG Act’s requirement that the low-income sector of the tripartite board be selected in accordance with “democratic selection procedures." Learn more.

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new Glossary of Community Action Acronyms

In an effort to increase accessibility and comfort for those involved with Community Action and its many applicable legal requirements, CAPLAW compiled a searchable Glossary of Community Action Acronyms that provides definitions for abbreviations regularly used in the Community Action Network. Visit the glossary.

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new Sample Confidentiality Agreement

Organizations that are considering a merger or a shared services arrangement may use this sample agreement to help protect confidential information shared or exposed before and throughout the transaction. Learn more.

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new WIOA Resource Guide

Many resources exist to help CAAs understand the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its rules. This resource guide created by CAPLAW enables CAAs to quickly find the WIOA help they’re looking for. Visit the resource guide.

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new Shared Services Case Study

This case study presents an example of a collaboration between two nonprofit Community Action Agencies to share administrative services, which has since grown to include shared program staff. To read the case study, click here.

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Working Better Together - A Two-Part Mergers & Shared Services Webinar Series

Part 1: An Exploration of Shared Administrative Services discusses the various options for sharing services and the financial, legal, and government grant law issues to consider before doing so.

Part 2: Mergers as a Strategy for Success explores how CAAs can reframe mergers as tools for furthering their impact. We discuss the merger planning process and legal structuring, as well as tackle potential barriers to successful mergers, including Head Start competition issues, organizational culture, and the post-merger integration process.

Presenters: Eleanor Evans, Esq. and Veronica Zhang, Esq., CAPLAW

Learn More

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Quick Tips for WIOA MOUs

As implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) continues, some CAAs may be asked to sign on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their Local Workforce Development Board (WDB) and other WIOA partners. These MOUs generally describe various aspects of the one-stop delivery system, including who are the required partners, how the required partners will coordinate and deliver services, and how the required partners will contribute to the infrastructure costs of the one-stop centers (also known as American Job Centers (AJCs)). As with any contract, CAAs should be sure to fully understand the MOU before signing on. CAPLAW released a few quick tips to help CAAs navigate this process. To read this News Flash, click here.

News for Community Action

 

new Free National Council of Nonprofits Webinar on How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains sweeping changes that create immediate uncertainty about compliance challenges as well as certain new threats that could impact your organization. This complimentary webinar will discuss what operational changes your organization may need to make right away, what you need to know about state and local policy changes, and other issues that will affect your operations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST.
Click here to register
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new Free Venable Webinar: The Top Privacy and Data Security Trends and Issues for Nonprofits in 2018

Nonprofit organizations increasingly store and use personal data about members, donors, employees, and others. While such data brings great value, it also poses risks for nonprofits. Ever-evolving and persistent cyber threats make it imperative for organizations to stay informed, create policies and procedures, and plan. This complimentary webinar from Venable, LLP will highlight the top ten cybersecurity challenges facing nonprofits today, and offers practical advice for tackling them. The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 12:30PM - 2:00PM EST. Click here to RSVP.

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new Free Webinars from Propel Nonprofits

True Program Costs
Date: Wednesday January 31, 2018
Time: 12PM - 1PM CST
This complimentary webinar will show how to calculate indirect expenses to determine true program costs. It will explore what expenses can be billed directly and what must be allocated, as well as acceptable methods for cost allocation. Learn more.

10 Steps of Budgeting
Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018
Time: 12PM - 1PM CST
In this complimentary webinar you will learn how to create an effective budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. You will walk away with a proven 10-step process you can use to craft budgets within your organization. This webinar is designed to build your confidence in the budgeting process. Learn more.

Managing Cash Flow
Date: Wednesday March 28, 2018
Time: 12PM - 1PM CDT
Learn how to anticipate and prepare for the ebb and flow of cash coming in and out of your organization. This complimentary webinar will explore how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow and how different types of income and expenses impact your finances. You will learn ways to avoid and manage cash flow challenges. Learn more.

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Head Start Program Performance Standards

The final Performance Standards took effect on November 7, 2016, though compliance with certain provisions will be phased in over a five-year period ending on August 1, 2021. Read More. The background check and selection procedures under the final Performance Standards are delayed again until September 30, 2018. Read more.

For additional information on the final Performance Standards, please see the following:

 

 

 

Watch CAPLAW's Attorney Network webinar "Tips for Attorneys Reviewing CAA Bylaws".

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In this webinar, we examine the main issues for an attorney to consider when asked by a CAA to review and update its bylaws. We discuss laws specifically applicable to a CAA’s bylaws, such as the CSBG and Head Start board composition requirements, and what provisions the bylaws should contain to ensure compliance with those laws. We also touch on how a CAA’s bylaws address removal, board size, term limits, and conflicts of interest.


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