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Your CAA’s Balance Sheet and Organization-wide Revenue and Expenses statement provide essential info your organization’s sustainability, compliance, and risks. But where is it? Learn how to find the info jewels on your financials and how to clear away…
Author: Sohl, Kay
Organization: National Risk Mitigation T/TA Center - Community Action Partners
Published: 11/12/2014
New leaders and new leadership ideas. This resource is in the Leadership Development Center of Excellence/ELITE reading list for emerging leaders.
Author: Thurman, Rosetta
Published: 07/19/2012
A guide to comprehensive community assessment that contains all the information a CAA will need to prepare a multi-year strategic plan.
Author: NASCSP
Organization: NASCSP
Published: 07/01/2011
This guide is designed to help Community Action Agencies (CAAs) navigate the strategic planning process and successfully plan, develop, implement and evaluate strategic plans. As a comprehensive capacity building resource, this guide can also be used to r…
Author: Community Action Partnership
Organization: California Community Action Partnership Association
Published: 07/05/2016
If you manage employees’ requests for leave, you may need a generous helping of alphabet soup. That is not the A to Z of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but a serving of the more challenging aspects that often cause management consternation in admi…
Author: Martin, Mitzi
Organization: CAPLAW
Published: 05/15/2013
One of the most promising developments of the past several years is the emergence of a green economy. Green jobs — jobs that contribute to meeting the goal of achieving environmental sustainability — encompass a broad range of occupations and skill se…
Author: Grobe, Terry with Kate O’Sullivan, Sally T. Prouty and Sarah W
Organization: The Corps Network
Published: 06/01/2011
Policymakers and funders are increasingly asking for research evidence about programs and services aimed at children and families. While it is important to ask about effectiveness, it is equally important to understand the limits of research evidence and …
Author: Robert B. McCall, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Office of Chi
Organization: Society For Research In Child Development
Published: N/A
Every publicly-funded program develops its own "language" from federal, state, and local legislation, regulations and the day-to-day operations of programs. This LEXICON contains words and phrases commonly used by state and local managers of Community S…
Author: NASCSP
Organization: NASCSP
Published: 10/01/2007
Using data collected from a pre-training survey, post-training survey, and telephone follow-up survey, this study analyzes the impact of the Money Smart financial education curriculum upon the financial opinions and behaviors of course participants during…
Author: NA
Organization: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Published: 04/01/2007
The financial crisis of 2008 deeply damaged the credibility of financial innovation in the general public’s mind. As the collapse of markets dried up credit across the system, the notion that securities such as collateralized debt obligations and credit…
Author: Bugg-Levine, Anthony and Kogut, Bruce
Organization: Harvard Business Review
Published: 01/01/2012
This brief by the Corporation for Enterprise Development outlines a Household Financial Security Framework. This tool helps to illuminate what a household needs to start to build financial security.
Author: CFED
Organization: Self Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
Published: 12/01/2010
A previous Economic Mobility Project report, Pathways to Economic Mobility, noted that “one of the keys to economic mobility is saving and creating wealth that can be used during one’s working life to advance up the economic ladder or be given to chil…
Author: Cramer, Reid with Rourke O’Brien, Daniel Cooper and Maria Luen
Organization: Economic Mobility Project (EMP)
Published: 11/01/2009
Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. For the first six months of the pr…
Author: Roder, Ann & Elliot, Mark
Organization: Economic Mobility Corporation
Published: 04/01/2011
Building human capital for low-skill youth from disadvantaged backgrounds Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through profe…
Organization: Economic Mobility Corporation
Published: 04/01/2011
The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness authored this report on the diversity and interconnectedness of homeless family subpopulations and outlines the importance of comprehensive data collection. Homeless families often have intense serv…
Author: Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
Organization: Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
Published: 11/01/2011
From the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, this publication examines the financial constraints and choices of low-income families and describes the ways in which they utilize financial services. Authors also offer policy recommendatio…
Author: National Poverty Center
Organization: Self Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
Published: 11/01/2008
The Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce that will be migrating the popular online comprehensive community needs assessment tool to the Community Commons platform to allow for expanded data collection and mapping capacity. During this webin…
Organization: Community Action Partnership
Published: 01/27/2015
In 2006, MASSCAP (Massachusetts Association for Community Action) set as its goal the expansion of asset formation opportunities for low-income people in Massachusetts through a coordinated and assertive strategy involving Community Action Agencies (CAAs)…
Author: Venner, Sandra with Jonas Parker
Organization: MASSCAP (Massachusetts Association for Community Action), Instit
Published: 02/01/2009
22 strategies for managing and leading in periods of change. This includes additional resources for more depth. This resource is in the Leadership Development Center of Excellence/ELITE reading list for Emerging Leaders.
Author: Jacobsen, Sandy and Jacobs, Stephanie
Organization: Fieldstone Alliance
Published: 05/06/2009
This session from our 2016 Annual Convention describes the White House Rural Council’s Rural IMPACT Demonstration initiative, focusing on what the 10 Demonstration sites have accomplished and the lessons learned about linking services for children and f…
Organization: ACF
Published: 09/08/2016


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