Community Action Partnership is in the 2012 Combined
Federal Campaign (CFC). Our designation number is 80371.
STATEWIDE & COMMUNITY AGENCIES—PLEASE SIGN ON
American Community Survey , the Economic Census, and other vital Census
Bureau functions are being threatened with elimination and de-funding.
We know how essential the Census Bureau’s surveys and reports
are in our understanding of and solutions to poverty and other issues
throughout our nation. Thanks to our great colleagues at The Census
Project, we have an opportunity to express our concern to the U. S.
The Community Action Partnership already has signed on to this letter
and we are strongly encouraging local Community Action Agencies, CA
State Associations, and other national organizations to sign on to this
letter ASAP, by close of business Monday 5/14.
If you can sign, please send your info to Brendan Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for considering.
Honorable [First] [Last Name]
United States Senator
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator [Last Name]:
The undersigned group of national, state, and local organizations, representing
a diverse range of the nation's social and economic sectors, writes
to express its alarm about recent House of Representatives action to
eliminate the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) and reduce
funding for the agency by more than $100 million. The adverse
consequences of these proposals are widespread and would affect the
nation’s ability to meet the needs of Americans through wise allocation
of resources, monitor the nation’s economic recovery, and meet
our constitutional obligation to conduct an accurate census in 2020.
The ACS is the only source of objective, consistent, and comprehensive
information about the nation’s social, economic, and demographic
characteristics down to the neighborhood level. The importance of high-quality,
objective, and universal ACS data for public and private sector decision-makers
cannot be overstated. The federal government alone allocates more than
$450 billion annually in program funds to state and local governments
based in whole or in part on ACS data. (1)
Federal law, directly or indirectly, requires all of the information
gathered in the ACS (i.e. Congress requested the data directly, or created
a program that relies on data for implementation, enforcement, or monitoring,
for which the census or ACS are the only sources).
In addition, the Voting Rights Act relies on ACS data to make determinations
under section 203, which requires jurisdictions with a high percentage
of people who are not proficient in the English language to offer bilingual
voting materials; there is no other source for this data. Equally important,
businesses of all sizes rely on ACS data every day to make vital decisions
about where to locate and expand, what goods and services to offer,
the scope of employee training needed, and long term investment opportunities.
Nonprofit organizations use the ACS to guide services to those most
in need and to measure the success of their programs.
Last week, the House voted first to make response to the ACS
voluntary, and then to eliminate the survey entirely. In two
reports (2) and several more
recent analyses, the bureau concluded that mail response rates to a
voluntary ACS would drop “dramatically,” by more than 20
percentage points. The decline in response rates would force the bureau
to use more costly modes of data collection, such as telephone and door-to-door
visits, thereby increasing the cost of the survey by thirty percent
($60 million at the time of the 2003 field test). Congress, in the current
fiscal climate, is unlikely to increase funding for the ACS by the amount
necessary to overcome low initial response rates, leaving the Census
Bureau with insufficient response to produce reliable data for smaller
(e.g. rural communities; towns; urban neighborhoods) areas and population
groups (e.g. people with disabilities; veterans; immigrant groups).
The consequence would be ACS data of greatly diminished quality. The
test also showed that the percent of completed interviews (conducted
if a household fails to mail back a form) fell significantly if the
survey was voluntary, adding to the problem of data reliability. Perhaps
not surprisingly, cooperation in traditionally low mail response areas
(which tend to equate with hard-to-count communities, such as people
of color, low income families, and rural households) declined even further
when ACS response was voluntary.
Our concern over the vote to make ACS response voluntary turned to genuine
alarm when the House subsequently voted to eliminate all funding for
the ACS. We should not jeopardize the fair and wise allocation of limited
taxpayer dollars by undermining the only source of reliable data to
guide those allocations. In fact, in the absence of ACS data, Congress
might not be able to allocate many program grants at all in the short
term, and only by fiat in the long term. We should not leave the nation
in such a precarious decision-making vacuum and hinder its economic
recovery and future growth.
We also are greatly troubled by the potential consequences of significant
funding cuts to the Census Bureau’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) budget.
The House-passed version of the FY13 Commerce, Justice, and Science
Appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) allocates $601.4 million for Periodic
Censuses and Programs, which includes 2020 Census planning, the ACS,
and the 2012 Economic Census, $110 million below the President’s
request. This reduced funding level will cripple the Census Bureau’s
ability to research and test thoroughly emerging methodologies and alternative
response options to lower the cost of the next census without compromising
accuracy and coverage of historically hard-to-enumeration population
Further, the Census Bureau has indicated that the House-passed funding
level would force it to cancel some or all of the Economic Census. This
quinquennial census provides core information on virtually all non-farm
businesses and related data on business expenditures, commodity flows,
and minority and women-owned businesses. It is a fundamental building
block of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and national income and product
accounts. Abandoning plans for this important assessment of economic
activity across diverse sectors would be foolhardy at a time when data
is an essential component of the roadmap to economic recovery and progress
and job creation.
The Census Bureau has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing
costs by taking bold steps to streamline operations, including closing
half of its twelve regional offices in 2014 and terminating popular
data products. But it cannot meet Congress’ goal of significantly
containing the cost of the 2020 Census without investing a reasonable
level of funds now to develop new, more cost-efficient methods and counting
operations. Eliminating the ACS would further hamper this goal by removing
an important and cost-efficient test-bed for the 2020 Census, including
critical evaluations of electronic response options.
For all of these reasons, we urge the U.S. Senate to continue its support
for a comprehensive and statistically valid American Community Survey,
and to support robust and thorough planning for the 2020 Census, a cornerstone
of American democracy and economic and social health.
Reamer, Andrew, "Surveying for Dollars: The Role of the American
Community Survey in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds,"
The Brookings Institution, July 2010.
2"Meeting 21st Century Data
Needs - Implementing the American Community Survey, Report 3: Testing
the Use of Voluntary Methods" (Dec. 2003) http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/Report03.pdf
and an update, "Report 11: Testing Voluntary Methods -- Additional
Results" (Dec. 2004) http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/Report11.pdf.
TO OUR COLLEAGUES AT CORPORATION FOR
Started: Understanding AFI Program Rules & Regulations
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:30 - 1:30 pm PDT / 3:30 - 4:30 pm EDT
you sometimes find it hard to determine if potential savers qualify
for your program? Do you have questions about authorized expenses or
other AFI program rules? Would you like to refresh your knowledge of
the AFI legislation? Having a good understanding of the basic rules
and regulations of the AFI Individual Development Account (IDA) Program
will help you build your program on a solid foundation and most importantly,
will save you time and energy.
hour-long webinar will:
Provide an overview of key program rules outlined in the AFI legislation
• Discuss AFI guidelines for determining participant eligibility
and allowable uses of AFI funds
• Offer examples of tricky scenarios that AFI grantees frequently
encounter when enrolling accountholders and processing asset purchases
– and how to address them
Amy Shir, AFI Regional Consultant
• Leigh Tivol, Director, Savings and Financial
Security, CFED (moderator)
today to register!
The webinar is free to all interested participants. In advance of the
webinar, please send any questions you would like our panelists to address
during the session to Jimmy Crowell at email@example.com,
or call 202.207.0147.
SESSION WILL FOCUS ON REVENUE SOURCES & FINANCING
us at the CAPLAW Pre-Conference on June 5th
San Diego, CA
Jobs? Generate Income? Community Economic Development
Attend this session and find out how the Community Action network has
created new jobs, generated new sources of revenue, and built opportunity
in low-income communities through community economic development (CED).
The national Community Action Partnership’s community economic
development (CED) initiative is in its third year. Representatives from
the Partnership will share what they have learned, the tools they have
identified and created, and how they can help you bring community development
projects to your community. This workshop will provide participants
with an understanding of the field of community economic development,
information about current CED projects in the Community Action network,
and an understanding of CED financing options. In addition, the session
will provide an overview of training available to start or expand real
estate, social enterprise, and loan fund projects.
information, click here.
Stacy Flowers, Community Action Partnership
Julie Jakopic, iLead Strategies
CAPLAW National Training Conference
June 5 - 7, San Diego
CEOs, CFOs, and other members of senior staff must work together effectively
to build and maintain stable, healthy organizations. We encourage you
to bring team members from your organization's senior staff to the National
Training Conference to explore new ways to move forward together in
challenging times and to build sustainable organizations.
We strongly encourage attendance from:
Community Action Agency staff and board members
• Nonprofit management staff and board members
• Head Start program staff
• Government grantees
• Federal, state and local government officials working with
CAAs, nonprofits and government grantees
• Accountants and attorneys working with CAAs, nonprofits and
here for complete information and registration.
YOUR PHOTOS & BRIEF WRITE-UP TO STACY FLOWERS
will be promoting ALL Community Economic Development
projects from Community Action Members at the Annual Conference in New
York. We would like to show your work to OCS, distinguished speakers,
and our Network. Please send a picture and ONE paragraph about your
project. We want to display the amazing work happening in the Community
Please send your project picture and short project story (one paragraph),
to Stacy Flowers.
TO THE TAX REVENUE CAMPAIGN FOR ITS LEADERSHIP
Partnership realizes that new revenues is an essential component of
solving our nation’s long-term debt problem. Other organizations
signing this letter to the Senate include: AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Campaign
for America’s Future, Catholics United, Center for American Progress
Action Fund, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Coalition on
Human Needs, Common Cause, Health Care for America Now, National Council
of Jewish Women, National Council of La Raza, National Disability Rights
Network, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Women’s
Law Center, Wider Opportunities for Women, and YWCA USA.
from 110 Organizations in Support of Sen. Whitehouse’s
“Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012” (S. 2230)
April 13, 2012
We write to ask you to support Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s “Paying
a Fair Share Act of 2012,” S. 2230, legislation that would address
an array of tax loopholes that allows some millionaires and billionaires
to pay a lower effective tax rate than working families.
S. 2230 implements the so-called “Buffett Rule,” proposed
by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who pays a lower effective tax
rate than his secretary. The legislation would require that all households
with incomes above $1 million a year pay at least a 30 percent minimum
federal effective tax rate on income, a critical first step in creating
a more equitable tax code.
This should not be controversial legislation. We believe that a basic
premise of the promise of America – no matter what your political
party – is that everyone should contribute their fair share. The
richest Americans have benefitted from enormous increases in wealth
in recent decades, while everyone else has struggled to make ends meet.
S. 2230 represents a modest but important step for addressing rising
There is no reason that Washington should subsidize millionaires and
billionaires. Continuing the array of tax loopholes that the Buffett
Rule seeks to address adds to the deficit and requires middle-class
Americans to make up the difference – either through higher taxes
or through reductions in funding for Medicare and Medicaid, public education,
researching new medical cures, or rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
S. 2230 is a first step to creating a fairer tax system, which provides
a clear choice: Do you want a nation where millionaires pay lower taxes
than middle-class Americans, or an America where everyone contributes
their fair share? Two-out-of three Americans support the latter. We
urge you to join with them by supporting S. 2230 and by allowing the
measure to get an up-or-down vote.
WEBINAR ON MAY 24 AT 2:00 PM EASTERN
Getting Your Community Action Agency Board of Directors to the Table,
Engaged, and Motivated
Date: May 24, 2012
Time: 2:00 P.M. Eastern
Length: One hour and fifteen minutes
Pricing: No cost to attendees
Meghan Johnston, Meghan Johnston and Associates
Meghan Johnston is a facilitator, trainer and consultant specializing
in capacity-building for nonprofit organizations. She has worked with
individual Community Action Agency Boards, Head Start Policy Councils,
CEO’s and management staff teams for over 20 years, and presents
on governance and management topics regularly for Community Action
Board and staff audiences at regional, statewide and national conference
and training venues. She is well-versed in the tri-partite board structure
of Community Action Agencies, ROMA, CSBG, and other Community Action
Understanding your legal requirements and Board responsibilities is
one thing, but finding the right people and keeping them engaged in
the Community Action Board room is another. This session will focus
on the human side of board service, presenting practical strategies
to motivate genuine board participation. We will cover strategies
and tools that will help you find and welcome the best candidates,
motivate board members to attend and actively participate in meetings,
organize committees that get the work of the board done AND build
the strength of the board as a whole, and develop leadership habits
and routines that help the board establish and maintain a culture
of momentum and contribution.
Strategies to attract, cultivate, recruit and engage board members
Tools to organize the practical work of the board and its committees
Strategies for board assessment, recruitment, and orientation
Leadership roles and routines that keep the board moving
CAA Board Members·
• Governing Officials of Public CAAs·
• Executive Directors
• Fiscal Directors
This publication was created by National Association of Community Action
Agencies - Community Action Partnership in the performance of the U.S.
Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families,
Office of Community Services Grant Number 90ET0428. Any opinion, findings,
and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those
of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children
and Families. This training is made free of charge to CSBG grantees
as part of the National T/TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices
and Risk Mitigation for the CSBG Program.
TO CATHY HOSKINS & HER GREAT
COMMUNITY ACTION HEAD START TEAM
PRESS RELEASE, MAY 8, 2012
Lady Michelle Obama’s
Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative Selects Salt Lake Community
Action Program Head Start to be Recognized in Washington, DC for Exceptional
Work to Prevent Childhood Obesity
May 9, 2012, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Child
Care initiative will recognize Salt Lake Community Action Program Head
Start (SLCAP) for exceptional work to promote young children’s
health and prevent childhood obesity. Salt Lake Community Action Program
Head Start will be recognized at the Let’s Move! Child Care Recognition
Luncheon, sponsored by Nemours. The Let’s Move! Child Care Recognition
Luncheon will take place on May 9, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in
Washington, DC. White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor
for Healthy Food Initiatives, Sam Kass, will give keynote remarks and
highlight SLCAP Head Start’s efforts. The Luncheon is invitation
only. Press is welcome to attend.
Lake Community Action Program Head Start was selected for recognition
for carrying out exceptional work to promote and implement the goals
of Let’s Move! Child Care, including using creative strategies,
engaging families in obesity prevention efforts, and overcoming challenges
to get children moving and encourage healthy eating in the early care
and education setting. SLCAP Head Start is one of twenty selected for
recognition, including early education and child care programs and networks,
communities, and states approach to obesity prevention.
“We’re raising a generation of unhealthy children,”
says Brian Ralph, Director of Food Service for SLCAP Head Start. “With
the increase in fast food meals and video game time, the rates of childhood
obesity and diabetes are growing exponentially. At SLCAP Head Start,
we’re changing that – one child, one family, and one community
at a time.”
Let’s Move! Child Care is a nationwide call-to-action
to empower early education and child care programs to make positive
health changes in children that could last a lifetime. The initiative
focuses on five goals:
Physical Activity: Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout
the day, including outside play when possible.
• Screen Time: No screen time for children under 2 years. For
children age 2 and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than
30 minutes per week during child care, and work with parents and caregivers
to ensure children have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen time
per day, the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
• Food: Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals
family-style when possible, and no fried foods.
• Beverages: Provide access to water during meals and throughout
the day, and do not serve sugary drinks. For children age two and
older, serve low-fat (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6
ounce serving of 100% juice per day.
• Infant feeding: For mothers who want to continue breastfeeding,
provide their milk to their infants and welcome them to breastfeed
during the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions
serves 2,000 nutritious meals to children every day from their Northstar
Kitchen where the mission is to provide each child in their program
nutritious meals. SLCAP opened the kitchen in 2010 and began by serving
400 children; in the past two years they’ve expanded their services
to meet the needs of 2,000 children. Working collaboratively with local
early care and education providers, the kitchen has been able to prepare
food for these private centers as well. Benefitting from shared resources,
providers can offer children fresh, healthy meals that exceed CACFP
guidelines at a low per child cost. It is SLCAP Head Start’s belief
that proper nutrition and daily exercise will translate into better
Kindergarten readiness for their students.
Extending SLCAP’s reach into the community, Northstar Kitchen
has been able to garner sponsored funding to provide a cooking course
for Head Start parents and offer community members the opportunity to
receive a culinary certificate for work in the field. Teen mothers and
community parents may participate in trainings with registered dieticians
as well. SLCAP recognizes that obesity prevention extends beyond their
programs and into children’s homes and the community. Their strategy
to integrate nutrition with job training and skill building is an outstanding
approach to obesity prevention.
Let’s Move! Child Care is supported by public and private partners,
including the Office of the First Lady, White House Domestic Policy
Council, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration,
Nemours, Child Care Aware of America and University of North Carolina.
For more information about Let’s Move! Child Care, please
created and hosted by Nemours.
About Salt Lake CAP Head Start
Head Start is the only preschool program in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties
that provides health, education, and self-sufficiency services for children
and families living in poverty. Their main goal is to get every one
of the 2500 children they annually serve ready for Kindergarten by being
socially, academically, and physically prepared. By working with the
family to set goals, provide referrals for services the family needs,
and encouraging the parents' involvement in their child's life, Head
Start is truly a comprehensive program that serves the entire family.
For more information about Salt Lake Community Action Program Head Start,
please visit: www.saltlakeheadstart.org.
KAUFMANN'S WRITING IS WIDELY-READ; HIGHLY-RESPECTED
out this week’s blog by The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann
which features a positive write-up about Community Action and national
Community Action Month.
TO PETER KILDE, CHAIR OF THE PARTNERSHIP'S
STRATEGIC ISSUES TASK FORCE: THE WEEKLY NEW REALITY CHECK
February, the Partnership inaugurated a new service on our website entitled
the Weekly New Reality Check. These will be posted
every Thursday, and will include a link to a recent news story or article
related to the issues raised in the Partnership report Facing the
New Reality: Preparing Poor America for Harder Times Ahead, as
well as a brief commentary from the Partnership’s Strategic Initiatives
Task Force Chair, Peter Kilde. Readers responses can be posted.
A central theme of this feature, as it is a central theme of the New
Reality report itself, will be the contrast between the “popular
narrative” and the facts. This sparks some lively and interesting
debate as the “popular narrative” is popular for a reason
and facts that cast doubt on this narrative are often resisted. We look
forward to your continuing engagement of the New Reality as we seek
together to find our way through the challenging years ahead.
week, May 11: From
the Dead to the Living
here to read this article, as well as past posts, and more information
and resources for the New Reality Initiative.
comments and responses welcome! Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR FOR COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP OFFICERS
Go for a Leadership Role in
Your National Association
is an election year for Community Action Partnership officers.
The available positions include: Chair; First; Second; and Third Vice
Chairs; Secretary; and Treasurer.
Voting for the election of officers will take place at the Hilton New
York, on Monday, August 20, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm during the
Community Action Partnership Annual Convention. To be considered for
nomination to any of the above offices, the following procedure must
Any interested member in good standing with Community Action Partnership
wishing to be nominated for one of the six offices, should complete
an official Vita Sheet and send to Chair, Nominations Committee, no
later than Friday, June 1, 2012. Click
here for the Vita sheet. You must indicate for which office you
are running on the top line of the Vita Sheet.
The official slate of nominees for officers along with brief biographical
information, voting and proxy guidelines and the proposed bylaws amendments
will be mailed to all member agencies not later than July 13, 2012.
Please mail or fax completed Vita Sheets no later than COB Friday,
June 1 to:
Teresa Cox, Chair, Nominations Committee, Community Action Partnership
1140 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 1210; Washington, DC, 20036
Fax: (202) 265-5048
Your Calendars for the 2012 Convention
Sunday through Wednesday, August 19-22
opportunities Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 and 23
here for the Convention brochure.
rooms at the NY Hilton are filling quickly! Click
here to reserve your hotel rooms online.
make a note on your 2012 electronic and print calendars:
Community Action Partnership 2012 Annual Convention
is scheduled for August 19-22 at the Hilton New
York in midtown Manhattan with post-convention
opportunities available through Thursday, August 23rd. Details on
sessions, including several site visits to NY CSBG programs, will
be in upcoming issues of eNews
The pre-convention activities, including registration, exhibit opening,
pre-convention training and Regional Caucuses will begin on Sunday,
August 19th. The Emerging Leaders session will start at 9:00 am on August
The Opening Breakfast Session will take place on Monday, August 20.
The Convention will conclude on Wednesday, August 22. However,
there will be some wonderful special post-Convention opportunities on
Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday, August 23.
Please make your travel plans accordingly. The Partnership has secured
an outstanding Convention Rate of $229 single/$239 double at the Hilton
New York. Click
here to reserve your hotel rooms online.
Convention page—the brochure
is now available with the preliminary schedule and registration
form. For the first time you can also register online, just
your Agency’s programs and successes which are attained through
Community Action by placing an ad in the 2012 Annual Convention program
book!Celebrate your agency’s
role by sending special greetings to your colleagues, your staff, and
the many volunteers.
Ad deadline is July 8. Click
here for the brochure with the ad registration form and prices or
YORK CAA SITE VISITS
Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
year we have a special opportunity to visit one of six very different
CSBG programs, administered by our host Community Action Agency, the
Department of Youth and Community Development in New York.
All site visits will be a day-long experience, on the final day of the
Convention. The program site will take place in the morning and there
will be an associated visit to a cultural site in the afternoon. This
order will be reversed for the Grand Street Settlement only, since the
Tenement Museum (the cultural visit) has the majority of their tours
in the morning.
here for the program descriptions.
TRAINING from WIPFLI, LLP
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Registration & Refreshments
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – OMB Administrative Requirements
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Charting a Course to Change
Thursday, August 23, 2012
– 8:30 a.m. – Morning Refreshments
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – OMB Cost Principles
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch (on own)
1:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – OMB Cost Allocation
There will be a separate fee and registration for these courses. Watch
for information in a future eNews and on our convention
THE PARTNERSHIP NOW AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CONVENTION DISCOUNTS
a part of the future of Community Action!
may now join or renew your membership online! Just
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