Welcome to the CalCAPA Newsletter!

Your source for the latest information from California's premier poverty-fighting association.

Hello Community Action Network;

What an exciting time to be a part of Community Action. While the federal administration attempts to defund CSBG, our federal Legislators are co-sponsoring a bill to reauthorize the grant. On the flip side, Community Action is recognized by the US Census Bureau as one of the nine National HUB agencies, but the state of California continues to award grants to organizations that don’t serve hard to count populations. Interesting days indeed.

CalCAPA continues to improve our T/TA, including hosting the first west coast Pathways to Excellence training, providing 24 scholarships for Roma Implementer training, and releasing our new online training program. CalCAPA has received great praise from our national partners on this work including a shout-out by CAPLaw at the NCAF conference.

The CalCAPA needs assessment survey has been released. We want to hear from you about how CalCAPA can continue to improve serving our membership. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey and let your voice be part of the solution.

Our Legislative event is fast approaching. We've prepared a great conference for this year including awards for Community Action champions, presentations from State Controller Betty Yee and Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency Mark Ghaly, workshops, visits with our State Legislators and some fun networking.

This month I took the opportunity to visit local agencies throughout Southern California, visiting 9 agencies in 5 days. Each one was outstanding, I saw first hand how Community Action changes lives, embodies hope, improves communities, and makes California a better place to live. I'll be making a similar trip North this summer and look forward to seeing more great people running exceptional programs promoting a world where people of all backgrounds are self- sufficient, equitably sharing resources, embracing social responsibility and enjoying collective prosperity.

Best Regards,
Tony McAnelly
CalCAPA Executive Director

Training & Technical Assistance

CalCAPA Academy is a new learning management system tailored specifically for the needs of California CAAs. Register for access here to request live training, enroll in existing live training sessions, enroll in eLearning programs, view learning history and more! For more information, click here.

CalCAPA Connect is the communication hub for California CAAs. Register here to join conversations about boards, ROMA, programs, sharing successes, and much more! Learn more about CalCAPA Connect here.

Network Needs Assessment Survey Update: CalCAPA has received 17 responses for feedback and recommendations for association member benefits, T&TA resources, communication preferences and more. Thank you for your participation in making CalCAPA the premiere Community Action association in the US! Your special gifts are on the way. If your agency did not receive a survey link, please email to have one sent.
Pathways to Excellence training will be June 24-25 in Bakersfield, CA. Interested CAAs can request an application to the program from Jarle Crocker []. Cost for the training varies based on the size of the CAA $750-1,500. More information can be found here

Nationally Certified ROMA Implementor training will be in Sacramento June 11-12. CalCAPA will award 24 scholarships. Priority will go to CAAs that do not have an NCRI currently on staff. All CAAs are still encouraged to apply if interested. Send letters of interest to for scholarship consideration. For more information, click here.

New Models to Accelerate Agency Priorities: Many CAAs see the need to diversify funding, develop innovative models, and strengthen their approach to acquiring increasingly competitive grants; but few know where to start. As part of its mission to move society forward, Darwin, a national center for social impact, has dedicated two years to analyzing these challenges. After working with CAAs nationwide, their research strategists have developed scalable models for capacity-strapped agencies to make progress on these issues. Click here to learn more about these breakthrough innovations. CalCAPA is excited to welcome Darwin to our April 4th NCAF Debrief Webinar.
Want to be Featured?
Is your agency doing innovative work in Community Action? Do you have an outstanding story to share? Have you recently implemented new programs or staff members? CalCAPA wants to feature YOU! If you would like to share your agency's successes with the network please email

2019 RPIC Conference

This conference provides a chance for state leaders to meet with national partners and work together on reviewing the regional needs and strategize for the future. The topics are decided on by the stakeholders and informed by the T/TA needs assessments and state T/TA Plans. Attendees include partners from NCAP, NASCSP, CAPLAW, ANCRT, and OCS; as well as from the state associations and state offices.


H.R. 1695, the CSBG Reauthorization Bill was introduced in March. NCAF's memo on the highlights of the bill can be found here.

Census 2020: California has the largest number of people that are considered hard-to-count, about eight million. These people are equivalent to 11 Congressional districts. An overview of the work by the California Complete Count Committee to encourage participation in the Census can be found here.

Mark Ghaly from Pasadena has been appointed by Governor Newsom as the Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency. Ghaly is a practicing pediatrician and the director of health and social impact for Los Angeles County. He was deputy director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services from 2011 to 2018. 

James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards: Each year, the James Irvine Foundation recognizes individuals who are advancing breakthrough solutions to critical issues facing California. Each recipient’s organization receives $250,000, and the Foundation helps them share their solutions with policymakers and peers. Nominations for the 2020 awards are open until April 26, 2019. Selection criteria and the online nomination form can be found here.

Legislative Breakfast and Conference

This event will include spectacular speakers, stories, and information. For the full agenda and to register, click here! We are so excited to see you there!

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