What's New at CAPLAW?

 

Register Now! 2021 CAPLAW Virtual Training Conference

Join us in the cloud for the 2021 CAPLAW National Training Conference from June 29 - July 1, 2021! With expert knowledge in their fields, our results-oriented faculty will help you navigate the challenges that CAAs, other federally-funded organizations, and nonprofits encounter each day during the pandemic, and beyond.

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New Resource: Preserving the Low-Income Voice: Snapshots of Democratic Selection Procedures in a Pandemic

In this collection of snapshots, CAPLAW presents the experiences of CAAs that successfully recruited and elected new low-income sector representatives to their board during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories will inspire other CAAs to consider innovative methods of engaging their communities and complying with tripartite board requirements throughout the pandemic, and beyond.

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Updated Case Studies: Raising the Low-Income Voice: Case Studies in Democratic Selection Procedures

CAPLAW’s case studies provide an in-depth view of the various ways 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." We updated these case studies in 2021 to show how these CAAs adapted their existing democratic selection procedures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New FAQ: Unlocking the Potential of the Tripartite Board Private Sector

CAAs have the opportunity to leverage certain flexibilities when filling private sector seats on their tripartite boards. This FAQ seeks to answer key questions about identifying, recruiting, and selecting private sector members and groups to serve on the tripartite board, and to present ways CAAs can utilize the private sector seats to boost board capacity.

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

CAPLAW has released three new videos exploring fiduciary duties, strategies for keeping board members engaged, and how to make the most out of the board's time together.

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New Tool: Combining Forces: A Merger Manual for Community Action Agencies

Whether or not your agency is currently contemplating a merger, this tool will help you understand what may be gained by and what should be considered in the pursuit of a strategic merger transaction.

View the Tool | View the Appendices

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New Case Studies: Leadership During Crisis: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

CAPLAW and the National Community Action Partnership have developed two case studies focused on the ability of CAAs to respond to unique challenges and effectively govern themselves during difficult times. These case studies highlight the examples of two CAAs, and how each relied on good governance practices and communication to navigate complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission

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 May 7, 2021).

New Resource: Building Readiness: Planning, Prevention, Response, and Liability

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Final Uniform Guidance Revisions Issued

On August 13, 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final guidance revising sections of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This is the first major revision of the Uniform Guidance since its publication in 2014, and contains changes that will affect how federal grant recipients administer their federal funds. Read more.

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Free Upcoming Webinars

Events in a Digital Age: How to Maximize Offline Events in an Online World
Presented by: Firespring
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
With the vast number of online tools available, you can streamline everything from event registration to email marketing to social media, ensuring you capture your audience right where they are: online. This webinar will cover how to plan your next event with digital in mind from day one, including: the importance of integrating digital into your event, 3 key goals to help you measure success, and 5 digital must-haves to keep your event running smoothly.


10-Step Budgeting Process
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
The success and usefulness of your budget largely depend on the process used to create it. This webinar will provide a 10-step budgeting process that will engage staff and the board to ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.


Staying Remote, Returning to Work, or Both? Legal Considerations for Nonprofits
Presented by: Venable LLp
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Whether remote work is a passing trend or here to stay, the world has witnessed a historic shift in the way employers and employees approach their jobs and conduct their business. This webinar will examine several of the key rules nonprofits need to be aware of as they approach the issue of remote work, as well as a number of questions organization leadership must ask themselves when considering the future of their workers and workplace environments.


Practices for Healthy Board Governance
Presented by: Propel Nonprofits
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Clear expectations are the foundation for healthy board meetings. Rather than focusing on eliminating problem people or wishing conflict away, a better solution is to use a set of practices for how the board will collectively create a healthy space for productive governance to take place. In this webinar Propel Nonprofits will explore four practices for healthy nonprofit board governance: recruiting and on-ramping, board structures, accountability (including board norms), and board development planning.

 

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 29, 2020
Topics: Procurement Policy and RFP Decision Matrix • Record Retention Policy • Whistleblower Policy • Conflict of Interest Policies • FQHC Opportunities Webinar • Mergers Opportunities Webinar • Updates to the New Head Start DRS Webinar • Policies in Practice Webinar Series • Public Charge FAQ • New Overtime Rule FAQ • Overview of FLSA Principles FAQ • COVID-19 Reopening Guide • CARES Act Benefits for Nonprofit CAAs • Coronavirus Updates for CAAs • COVID-19 Case Studies • Federal Contractor Diversity Trainings • Managing Disallowances in Incentive Compensation

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