What's New at CAPLAW?

 

CAPLAW is Seeking Two New Board Members!

The CAPLAW Board strongly encourages applicants from federal Regions 2, 7, and 8. For a complete description of the position and how to apply, download the application.

Application materials are due May 4, 2020.

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Register Now! Policies in Practice: Complying with the CSBG Organizational Standards

Effectively governed Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have policies and systems in place that encourage accountability, transparency, and efficiency of operations. In this four-part webinar series, we will review key policies your CAA is required to have under the CSBG Organizational Standards, distribute and review template policies that CAAs can adapt for their own use, and provide practical tips for drafting, implementing, and using each policy to effectively guide individual and organizational actions.

Whistleblower Policy, Thursday, February 13, 2020

Procurement Policy, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Conflict of Interest Policy, Thursday, May 14, 2020

Record Retention Policy, Thursday, June 4, 2020

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All a-Board! The Purpose, People, and Process of CAA Boards

These 8-10 minute animated short videos are designed to boost the capacity of Community Action Agency boards to recruit, engage, and fulfill their responsibilities.

We want your input! Submit feedback now.

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New Template Policies and FAQ

Sample Shared Services Agreement

Sample Whistleblower Policy

Recovering Shared and Indirect Costs FAQ

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Training & Orientation Tool for Public and Nonprofit CAA Tripartite Boards

Use these template PowerPoint presentations to train and orient members of your Community Action Agency board members on their roles and responsibilities, including a new presentation designed specifically for public CAA boards.

View the tool for Nonprofit CAAs

View the tool for Public CAAs

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Implementation Tools for CSBG and Head Start Board Compliance

Introducing four tools to help boards of CAAs with Head Start programs implement governance requirements that overlap between the CSBG Organizational Standards and the Head Start Performance Standards. These templates address required board composition, written democratic selection procedures, conflict of interest policies, and a shared calendar of CSBG and Head Start board required actions.

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Tips for Responding to ICE Inquiries at Your CAA or Head Start Center

The following resources cover tips for responding to immigration officials who show up at your CAA’s offices or Head Start facilities asking to speak to employees or clients, or seeking records pertaining to employees or clients.

Tips for CAAs | Tips for CAAs with Head Start

News for Community Action

 

Coronavirus Updates for the Community Action Network

CAPLAW is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and impacts on the Community Action network. See the latest developments and funding source guidance here. (Last updated April 6, 2020).

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Supreme Court Lifts Public Charge Injunction in Illinois - Rule Now Effective Nationwide

On February 21, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the public charge rule to take effect in Illinois, the only state that was not covered by the Supreme Court’s previous ruling, which rolled back nationwide preliminary injunctions stopping the rule from taking effect. This means that the new public charge rule will now be implemented nationwide starting February 24, 2020. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published new forms which applicants and petitioners must use as of today.

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OMB Proposes Revisions to the Uniform Guidance

On January 22, 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced proposed revisions to the Uniform Administrative Requirements that would affect CAAs. Public comments are due by March 23, 2020. Read more.

View the recording of CAPLAW'S webinar discussing the proposed revisions. Download handout here.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

Managing Cash Flow
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
This webinar will cover how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow, how different types of income and expenses impact your finances, and ways to manage cash flow challenges.


How to be a Great Board Chair
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
The board chair is the highest officer of the nonprofit board of directors. This webinar prepares the board chair for governance and leadership responsibilities, and cover how to design effective board meetings, attend to board development, partner with the CEO/ED, and lead as an ambassador for the organization.


Dashboards: Making Your Data Work for You
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Learn how to make your data - from community impact to financial information - more digestible and useful for making decisions. This webinar will cover the purpose and use of dashboard reports, learn the components of useful dashboard reports, and share some examples.


Getting Ahead of the Curve with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Presented by: GrantSpace
Date: On Demand
Everyone is talking about “DEI”, but what exactly does it mean? How can nonprofit organizations proactively address the issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity within their organization in a way that generates positive and transformative change? After watching this webinar recording you should be able to describe the landscape of DEI work in the social sector, define key terms related to DEI initiatives, assess where your nonprofit is at on the spectrum of DEI work, and outline ways to share DEI strategy and implementation.

 

Attorney Network Digest

The Attorney Network Digest is a newly-launched annual update for attorneys working with Community Action Agencies (CAAs). The digest features legal, governance, and financial resources and publications developed by CAPLAW over the past year that address issues unique to CAAs.

September 27, 2019
Topics: Shared Services Agreement • Whistleblower Policy • UBIT (Two-Part Webinar Series) • Attorneys as Board Members Webinar • FAQ: UBIT on Employer-Provided Parking • FAQ: Recovering Shared and Indirect Costs • Public Charge Rule • Census 2020 • Head Start Disaster Relief • Cloud Computing