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• ACAAA Actions •
“ACAAA-Demix” to Offer Variety of Courses to Member Agency Staff
Partner Spotlight: National Head Start Association
U of A System to Offer “eVersity” Tuition Discount to ACAAA Members 
 
• Agency Actions •
Jeremy Wooldridge Assumes Role of CRDC Chief Executive Officer
Check out the Great New Look of EOA’s Website!
 
• Upcoming Actions •
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet August 18
National Community Action Partnership 2021 Convention, September 1-3
2021 NASCSP Annual Conference Scheduled for September 20-24
 
• Educational Action •
Webinar • Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace)
Webinar • Understanding Why People Give
Webinar • How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio
Webinar • Creating a Culture of Philanthropy
Webinar • The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program
Webinar • Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause
Webinar • The Giving Outlook in 2021
Webinar • The Power of Video: Using Other Voices to Share Yours
Webinar • Introduction to Individual Giving
     
NCAP Webinar • Targeting Homelessness Prevention: Diversion Assistance
NCAP Webinar • Data-Driven Strategies to Show Impact from CARES-Funded Activities
NCAP Webinar • Accessing Resilience Resources from Public and Private Sources
 
Webinar • How to Get the Most out of Your Nonprofit Website
Webinar • Shareable Nonprofit Content Q&A Session
Webinar • 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses
Webinar • Myths and Misconceptions about Cybersecurity in Nonprofits
Webinar • Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits
Webinar • Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life
Webinar • How Nonprofits Can Leverage Social Media Data & Analytics to Attract Donors
Webinar • Using WhatsApp to Increase Engagement with Multicultural Communities
Webinar • Social Media 101 for Nonprofits
  Webinar • Embracing Strategic Planning as a Community Engagement Tool
CAPLAW Webinar • Uniform Guiding Light: Admin Requirements & Cost Principles
Executive Directors Chat • Board of Directors Development, Recruitment, and Retention
Webinar • Five Easy Steps for Successful Board Fundraising
Webinar • Boards in a Time of Adaptation
Webinar • Mastering the Art of Negotiations
  Check Out the Latest Issue of the “RoundUP” from VirtualCAP!
CAPLAW Publication • Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace COVID-19 Vaccinations
  Webinar • Engaging Pro-Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
Webinar • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
  Webinar • Settling into the New Workplace Normal
Webinar • Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent
Webinar • The Basics of Intersectionality
Demo Event • Apps for Organizations Working with Refugees and Immigrants
Webinar • Workplace Mental Health: Are You Ready for Post-COVID Challenges?
 
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ACAAA-Demix” is the name of the new learning management system (LMS) that the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association will now be using to offer a variety of online courses to staff members of the association’s member agencies.

The ACAAA-Demix platform had its “debut” as the host of ACAAA’s recent 2021 Virtual Summer Conference, but going forward, it will be a “one-stop shop” for a wide range of educational offerings that will offer instruction in both “soft skills” (e.g., communications, collaboration, leadership development) and “hard skills” (e.g., Microsoft Office, presentation creation, project management).

Staff members of ACAAA’s member agencies who have not done so already, are encouraged to visit ACAAA-Demix here and set up an account and a username.  Once there, we invite you to please look around at the options already available: Eventually, ACAAA will be offering certifications through this new platform, as well.
ACF, CAPLAW, NASCSP, NCAF, NCAP, OCS ... Working in community action can feel like swimming in a bowl of alphabet soup!  Over the next few months, ACAAA will be featuring one of our state, regional, or national partners in each e-newsletter to highlight who they are, how they help to sustain our network, and how our network can engage with them. We encourage all agency leaders to go to the featured partner’s website to learn more. 
 
This month’s focus is on the National Head Start Association!
The Virginia-based National Head Start Association (NHSA) has, for over 45 years, served as “the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.”

Since its inception, Head Start has been a closely allied with the Community Action network, born from the same Office of Economic Opportunity that produced Community Action, itself, in 1965.  Currently, in fact, a majority of Arkansas’s Community Action Agencies are the administrators for their communities’ respective Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant-Seasonal Head Start programs.
NHSA serves as a powerful proponent for the mission of Head Start, advocating diligently “for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed” and steadfastly seeking “nonpartisan support of increased Federal commitment.”

As well, NHSA offers a “a large portfolio of professional development services and programs for the entire early childhood community” and hosts the annual National Head Start Conference and the National Parent Conference, the latter of which is “the only national event devoted to Head Start parents and families.”
The University of Arkansas System is now offering a 5% tuition discount to CAA employees and/or their family members who are currently attending or who plan to enroll in the U of A’s eVersity. This new “eVersity Alliance”—being made available to member agencies in the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA)—is part of an undertaking by association Chief Operations Officer Terry Bearden to develop new partnerships that will benefit ACAAA member agencies and their staff. 

The University of Arkansas’s eVersity is “a 100 percent-online institution created ... to serve students who are unable to access traditional higher education campuses.”  Among the eVersity staff are academic advisers able to provide assistance with applying for financial aid and determining whether previously earned college credits are transferable.
Those interested in participating in the “eVersity Alliance” should contact ACAAA Executive Director Terry Bearden at tbearden@acaaa.org or, by phone, at (501) 372-0807 to receive the tuition discount code.
Jeremy Wooldridge has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Crowley’s Ridge Development Council (CRDC).  Previous to joining CRDC, Mr. Wooldridge was with Families, Inc., as a Clinical Supervisor for their Greene and Clay County offices.

Crowley’s Ridge Development Council serves residents of Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett, St. Francis, and Woodruff Counties. ACAAA would like to extend its heartiest welcome to Mr. Wooldridge and to offer well-wishes for continued success to him and CRDC!
Check out the great new look for the Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County’s website at www.eoawc.com!  For residents of Washington County, this is your one-stop destination to learn about services available through EOA—from Children’s House to Head Start / Early Head Start, from assistance programs to community support: Take a look here!
The Board of Directors of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) will meet via online conference call for its August 2021 board of directors meeting on Wednesday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m.  •  Call-in information will be distributed in advance of the meeting.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) will be holding its 2021 Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, from September 1 - 3. This will be a hybrid event, which will accommodate both in-person attendees as well as those who would prefer to participate virtually. 

As of July 30, 2021, the Partnership—citing safety concerns—stopped accepting onsite registrations.  NCAP has also announced that it is seeking volunteers who are willing to change their registration status from onsite to virtual to allow for social distancing onsite.  NCAP has also announced that proof of full COVID vaccination will be required for all in-person attendees at the Convention.  For more information on the vaccine requirement, visit here; for more information on how to change one’s registration status, visit here.
Save the dates!  The upcoming 2021 Annual Conference of the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) will be the week of September 20 - 24.  Keep an eye on the NASCSP website in the weeks & months ahead for more information as it develops.
Agencies are encouraged to please register their staff in the upcoming “Intro to ROMA” virtual training, which will be held on three consecutive days in September for three hours each day: Monday, September 20; Tuesday, September 21; and Wednesday, September 22 — 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Participants must attend all three days and successfully complete a series of module reviews to receive a certificate of completion.  In order to attend the training, staff must set up an “ACAAA-Demix” account here.   There is no fee to attend this training.  ACAAA will provide the participant manuals, but we ask that the agency retain these manual for future training sessions.

The class schedule will be:

Monday, September 20  •  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Modules 1, 2, 3A
Tuesday, September 21  •  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Modules 3B, 4, 5
Wednesday, September 22  •  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Modules 6 & 7

Those interested in attending are asked to email ACAAA Professional Development Director Dexta Jean Rodriguez at drodriguez@acaaa.org with the following information: First Name; Last Name; Job Title; Email AddressPlease send your email by August 16 to ensure that we can order Participant Manuals and have them delivered to your agency in time for you to distribute them to your staff.
The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA)—working in conjunction with the law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.—is making available to ACAAA members a series of on-demand trainings on such topics as COVID-19, harassment prevention, equal employment opportunity issues, and employee management.

The training session videos—available, behind a members-only wall, at the ACAAA website—include “COVID-19—Navigating a Pandemic,” “Harassment Prevention & EEO Training for Employees,” “Harassment Prevention & EEO Training for Supervisors,” and “Managing Employees in the Legal World of Today.”

These trainings are now available through the association’s learning management system, ACAAA-Demix!  (For more about ACAAA-Demix, see article, above, under ACAAA Actions.)  Staff members of member agencies interested in accessing these trainings can visit ACAAA-Demix here and set up an account and a username to begin viewing them.
Was there a webinar in last month’s e-Action that you were interested in, but were unable to attend? Then check out ACAAA’s “Professional Development Archive” at the association website here.  This is where we provide links to available recordings of recently-offered webinars highlighted in the past six months of this newsletter.  (Please note that not all webinar providers make such recordings available.)  This is a great way—particularly for those who may still be working from home—to catch up on educational opportunities that they might have missed the first time around!
Nonprofit Hub is offering a free webinar titled “6 Financial Pitfalls Every Nonprofit Should Avoid,” to be held Wednesday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  This webinar “pulls back the curtain and discusses the most prevalent financial pitfalls that plague nonprofit organizations, both large and small.”  Presenter Stephen Garten, CEO and Founder of Charity Charge, shares “the most important financial learnings and real-life stories he has gathered from his experiences working with Executive Directors, CFOs, accountants, and board members across a variety of industries.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Marketing Trends Nonprofits Need to Know (and Embrace),” to be held Tuesday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Digital marketing, content marketing, social media marketing—each plays a role in a nonprofit’s strategy.”  This webinar will examine such topics as “storytelling to impact your nonprofit; using influencer marketing to increase fundraising; creating digital experiences that create awareness; building automation into your marketing and outreach efforts; and taking advantage of latest approaches to search engine optimization.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Hub is offering a free webinar titled “Understanding Why People Give,” to be held Wednesday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “One of the greatest uncertainties in fundraising is understanding what drives a donor to give.”  This webinar will allow attendees to “appreciate the role that psychology plays in how donors make decisions; study the communication process and how it relates to your prospects; and recognize barriers to effective communication.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar tilted “How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Once upon a time, 80% of your revenues came from 20% of your donors. Today, that ratio is more like 90% of your revenues come from 10% of your donors.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to find and identify major gift prospects; how to rate and rank donors to focus a major gift portfolio through a series of ‘Tiers’; how to qualify and cultivate major gift prospects through discovery visits; and how to build your ideal portfolio and how many prospects are needed to meet your revenue goals.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here.
QGiv is offering a free webinar titled “Creating a Culture of Philanthropy,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Is fundraising at your organization under-resourced, misunderstood or undervalued?”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to take your teams from dysfunction to dynamic by creating a culture of philanthropy that results in a thriving culture of philanthropy that raises more money and is a better place to work!”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the QGiv website here.
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar titled “The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program,” to be held Tuesday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will gain an “understanding of how even ‘small’ donors can truly become ‘giants’ and provide ongoing revenue for many years to come.”  Topics will include “how monthly donors are different; how to start a program with limited resources; how to recognize monthly donors; how to set your ask amounts; how to market your program; how to present results; and how to plan for growth.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here.
Productive Fundraising is offering a free webinar titled “Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause,” to be held Tuesday, August 24, at 11:00 a.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will be “focused on finding potential supporters for your nonprofit organization,” with an overview of “best practices in fundraising prospect identification and ... practical tips for how small nonprofits can maximize their network.”  Attendees will receive “a game plan for identifying their next 50 potential donors.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “The Giving Outlook in 2021,” to be held Tuesday, August 24, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Philanthropy (and the world) has experienced a roller coaster of highs and lows over the past year and a half.”  This webinar will examine how “the COVID-19 pandemic, civic upheaval, a presidential election, and other uncertainties pushed nonprofit leaders and fundraisers to shift, make hard decisions, and adapt to a ‘new normal’”—and how this will likely be reflected in fundraising trends for the year ahead.  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar from the list of titles, which is arranged by date.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “The Power of Video: Using Other Voices to Share Yours,” to be held Tuesday, August 24, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •   “Often our donors, advocates, volunteers, and the communities we serve have inspiring stories of how your organization has changed their life for the better.”  This webinar will discuss how “video can serve you and your mission in many different ways, from bringing donors to the scene, sharing impact, to lifting up your work through personal testimonials.”  Attendees will learn “the skills you need to capture these stories on video and share them out with your audience for enhanced engagement and connection.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar from the list of titles, which is arranged by date.
Candid Learning is offering a free webinar titled “Introduction to Individual Giving,” to be held Wednesday, September 1, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Historically, in the United States, individual giving has been the biggest source of private giving, far outpacing foundation or corporate giving.”  This webinar—presented in conjunction with Fundraising Academy—is designed for those organizations new to individual giving, providing “an overview of the fundraising landscape and [walking] you through the key components of an individual giving program.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Candid Learning website here.
Elevate is offering a free webinar titled “How to Write Your First Grant,” to be held Thursday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “You’ve been tasked with writing your first grant proposal for your organization, and you have no idea where to start. What information goes in which section? Are you using enough data? How much money should you ask for?”  This webinar will cover the “basic do’s and don’ts to help you write your first grant with confidence,” with focus on “different types of grants you can apply for, and the pros and cons of each; the anatomy of a grant proposal, and what information to include in each section; and how to tell a compelling story in your proposal that gets funders’ attention.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Elevate website here—select your desired webinar date from the drop-down menu.
No Kid Hungry is offering a webinar titled “Making Afterschool Meals Work in the 2021-2022 School Year,” to be held Tuesday, August 10, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Afterschool Meals provide nutritious food for children at schools and community-based programs when the school day is done. Thanks to recent USDA policy waivers, more sponsors than ever can serve their communities.”  This webinar will feature a school and non-profit sponsor discussing “how they are planning for Afterschool Meals this coming school year” and how “schools and non-school sponsors can use Afterschool Meals to feed their students.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the No Kid Hungry website here.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Targeting Homelessness Prevention to Those at Greatest Risk: Diversion Assistance,” to be held Wednesday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “How are frontline providers helping people seeking shelter identify alternative housing options to prevent homelessness and shelter stays?”  In this webinar, the third in a series “focusing on targeting prevention assistance to those at greatest risk of homelessness” attendees will learn about “effective problem-solving conversations, strategic points of intervention, the growing use of flexible financial assistance to accompany the intervention, and the impact diversion is having in alleviating shelter entries.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the NCAP website here.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Answering the $1 Billion Question: Data-Driven Strategies for Demonstrating Impact from CARES-Funded Activities,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Congress entrusted the Community Action Network with $1 billion to support critical Readiness, Rapid Response, Recovery and Resilience activities across the Network. As we begin to look back at the past year, how do we effectively tell the story of our work? Which data should we highlight?”  This webinar will examine such questions as “How have we differentiated customers related to CARES funding from customers we would have otherwise served and how do we use the data from those two groups effectively?” and “How are we capturing outcome data in an environment where immediate, urgent services are the priority?”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the NCAP website here.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Accessing Resilience Resources from Public and Private Sources,” to be held Thursday, August 19, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “Resilience is a concept we have all learned much more about in the last year. Organizational resilience is key to continued operation and growth in complex times.”  This session, part of an eight-webinar series on developing more resilient organizations, will explore “federal and state government websites, law firm and CPA firm sites, educational publishers, membership associations, and specialty organizations” in search of “free and low-cost resources available to help your agency build resilience.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the NCAP website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “How to Get the Most out of Your Nonprofit Website,” to be held Thursday, August 5, at 2:00 p.m Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will learn how to “put your nonprofit website to work for you and make it multitask as well as you do.”  Topics will include “how to use the latest in marketing automation to engage your donors; how to boost your website conversion with powerful landing pages; the key fundamentals for creating a nonprofit website that works harder than a brochure site; and what to consider regarding website accessibility.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Firespring is offering a free Q&A session on “Shareable Nonprofit Content,” to be held Wednesday, August 11, at 2:45 p.m. Central time.  •  This interactive session will offer “insights on how to create and take advantage of shareable nonprofit content” by addressing such questions as How do we create content that people like and want to share on a budget and with limited time?What type of content does our audience care about?; and What role can content play in our nonprofits strategy?  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “5 Secrets of Email Geniuses,” to be held Tuesday, August 17, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don’t do it right.”  This webinar will examine “the five types of nonprofit emails, the anatomy of an email marketing campaign [and] six email marketing mistakes to avoid.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Hub is offering the second in its three-part “Myths and Misconceptions about Cybersecurity in Nonprofits” webinar series, to be held Wednesday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  These webinars “break down the misconceptions, best approaches, and key questions relating to cybersecurity to help you protect what’s important to your mission.” This second installment will focus on “Cybersecurity through the Lens of Nonprofits” and will offer “timely insights and new approaches to help you and your organization improve how you safeguard the information that is critical to your mission.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Be Found: The Secrets of SEO for Nonprofits,” to be held Wednesday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Everyone wants to be found. Your website is no exception, and SEO [search engine optimization] is its best friend.”  This webinar will “cover what SEO is and how it works, [discuss] why search engines like Google matter, and outline the six steps to mastering SEO: keyword research, website optimization, link building, fresh content, landing pages, and analytics.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Tools Every Nonprofit Needs to Simplify Their Life,” to be held Thursday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “The best tools breathe life into your nonprofit’s online presence. The question is which ones do you really need? Evernote? DropBox? Google Alerts?” This webinar “will help you make technology your friend,” addressing such topics as “which social media platforms you should care about; five online tools that will help you master your online world; [and] how to master your online presence in less than 15 minutes per day.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Tech for Good is offering a free webinar titled “How Nonprofits Can Leverage Social Media Data and Analytics to Attract New Donors,” to be held Tuesday, August 24, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Ever wonder what made you pause on that post, hit like to engage, or donate? The key to building a digital strategy that works is DATA.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to outline a social media plan that directly aligns with your organization’s goals; what social media metrics matter for your nonprofit; and how to leave behind the guessing game and rush to post content day of.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Tech for Good website here.
Bloomerang is offering a free webinar titled “Using WhatsApp to Increase Engagement with Multicultural Communities,” to be held Thursday, August 26, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Are you innovating in the way you communicate with culturally diverse audiences?”  Attendees of this webinar will learn about “the main uses of WhatsApp for nonprofits and how you can start to use it immediately; new ideas for communicating with multicultural communities; and how to use WhatsApp to engage your supporters and donors and create stronger relationships with them.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Social Media 101 for Nonprofits,” to be held Tuesday, August 31, at 3:30 p.m. Central time.  •  Webinar topics will include “practical tips and tools for extending your cause and mission via social media,” such as “how to use Facebook to create awareness for your organization, how nonprofits are using Twitter to connect with constituents, why nonprofits must be LinkedIn to be fully connected, and powerful no-cost or low-cost tools to manage your social media presence.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Embracing Strategic Planning as a Community Engagement Tool,” to be held Thursday, August 5, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “Rethinking the strategic planning process from a cumbersome and overwhelming task to an opportunity to connect with our community opens the possibilities to engage with those outside our immediate circles.”  Attendees of this webinar will receive “insights and ideas to incorporate thoughtful community engagement into strategic planning processes that both diminish the risk of planning within our own bubbles and also inspire new ideas.”  •  For more information, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by presentation date.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—is offering a two-part webinar series titled “Uniform Guiding Light,” to be held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 12.  •  This series, which focuses on Uniform Guidance, is for new leaders of Community Action Agencies and will be taught by Wipfli’s Denes Tobie.

Part one, scheduled for August 10, will be “Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements.”  Attendees will learn about “the regulations governing the administration of federal awards, and what is required of grant recipients during the grant period, as well as pre- and post-award.” Topics will include financial management systems, property standards, and procurement.
Part two, scheduled for August 12, will be “Uniform Guidance Cost Principles.”  Attendees will learn about “the regulations governing what costs federal grant recipients may charge to their federal awards and the options for doing so.”  Topics will include “basic considerations for cost recovery, the different ways to recover costs (e.g., cost allocation plans, indirect cost rates) and general provisions governing selected items of cost.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
TechSoup is hosting an Executive Directors Chat on the topic of “Board of Directors Development, Recruitment, and Retention,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “How are your board members moving your nonprofit forward?  Are you setting your board members up for success?”  In this chat, attendees will discuss expectations—“board members should bring skills, time, and money and show up to do the work”—and how “your board members' influence can be key to helping your organization be successful.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
Keela is offering a free webinar titled “Five Easy Steps for Successful Board Fundraising,” to be held Tuesday, August 17, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “A fundraiser’s greatest challenge can be board members who can’t, don’t or won’t ask for gifts.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how each board member can thank, engage, research, cultivate, and ask donors in the way that’s best for them.”  Take-aways include “your own in-depth asking personality profile, an effective board fundraising exercise, and cultivation and goal-setting templates.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Keela website here.
Propel Nonprofits is offering a free webinar tilted “Boards in a Time of Adaptation,” to be held Tuesday, August 17, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “What is the role of the nonprofit board right now? Where is their leadership needed most to support the organization, its employees, and the recipients of its services?” This webinar will examine “the critical actions nonprofit boards can take in this time of ongoing uncertainty when the ability to adapt is more important than ever before.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Propel Nonprofits website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Mastering the Art of Negotiations,” to be held Thursday, August 26, at 1:30 p.m. Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will learn “strategies and tactics on how to navigate direct negotiations,” and will gain “insight into the habits of dealmakers as you build your skills, refine your personal negotiating style, and improve your ability to bargain successfully and ethically in any situation.”  Participants will gain “new appreciation for how negotiating skills can help you overcome a wide range of challenges — at work and beyond.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired title from the list of webinars, which is ordered by date.
Currently available from VirtualCAP—the online resource for Community Action Agencies across the United States—is the most recent issue of its monthly publication, the RoundUP.  This issue’s chief topic is “Technology Training Is Life-Changing for Nontraditional Populations,” while other subjects include successful CAA funding initiatives, innovative CAA programs, community action news, and CAA videos of the month.  •  To view this issue either online or as a PDF, log in here with your agency username and password.  (Those needing help with their username and/or password are encouraged to contact VirtualCAP Project Manager Ken Ackerman at ken@cafca.org.)
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—has released a new publication titled “Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace COVID-19 Vaccinations.”  •  “As Community Action Agencies (CAAs) continue to adapt and evolve in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, their strategies for protecting employees from serious illness resulting from COVID-19 has shifted from mitigating the risk of transmission via measures like PPE and social distancing to promoting vaccinations.” This article provides “guidance for CAAs that want to encourage employee vaccinations and offers some key do’s and don’ts as they engage in vaccine-related efforts.”  •  Download the article from the CAPLAW website here.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers,” to be held Wednesday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your [volunteer] program, or if you've just started,” this webinar will help with “navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “Social Media and Volunteer Engagement,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers?”  This webinar will examine “including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans” and consider such topics as “what social media is and why it matters; the Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools; and where to go to get resources and help.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
Employment law firm Jackson Lewis is offering a new webinar titled “Settling into the New Workplace Normal,” to be held Thursday, August 5, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will provide “an overview of how workplace safety laws have shifted and changed in response to COVID-19,” with a discussion of “which requirements are likely to stick around once the pandemic ends and strategies to tackle vaccinations, workplace communicable disease transmission and outbreak investigations.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Jackson Lewis website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Hiring & Retaining Diverse Talent,” to be held Thursday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Recent studies have shown that organizations with more diverse employees and leadership see an overall improvement in growth, revenue, and innovation yet they struggle to find and retain culturally diverse talent.”  This webinar will discuss “hiring and retention through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” with a focus on “the importance of moving beyond recruitment and into retaining diverse talent.”  •  For more information, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is arranged by date.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “The Basics of Intersectionality,” to be held Monday, August 16, at 11:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “Intersectionality provides a lens to identify where power or oppression interlocks and intersects with individuals in society.”  This webinar will examine how this concept, originally designed to explain the oppression of African American women, “has become a framework for understanding how multiple social identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, and disability intersect at the individual level resulting in the experience of privilege and/or oppression at the social-structural level.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is arranged by date.
TechSoup is offering a Demo Event for “Apps for Organizations Working with Refugees and Immigrants,” to be held Tuesday, August 17, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “How can organizations serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants leverage technology to help people find the resources they need?”  This Public Good App House event will offer demonstrations of four apps that offer “solutions for translation, supporting LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, and connecting your clients with vital information and resources.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
Canadian nonprofit resource Charity Village is offering a free webinar titled “Workplace Mental Health: Is Your Workplace Ready for Post-COVID Challenges?,” to be held Thursday, August 19, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “What post Covid-19 life will look like remains speculative. Will there be a long-term impact on health and wellbeing, social relations, and work life?”  This webinar will examine such topics as “the trauma curve and its impact on individuals and organizations; organizational responses to trauma, including unintended culture changes or losses; post-traumatic growth as an opportunity and a challenge for employers; and the need for employers to recognize that many individuals have undergone lasting change over the past year and a half.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Charity Village website here.

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Does your family circle of friends need expanding?  Why not check out the Facebook pages of these various community action agencies and their affiliates?  We bet you’ll see plenty there to “like”! 
ARVAC • Arkansas River Valley Area Council
BRAD • Black River Area Development Corporation
BRAD Child Development Programs
BRAD Senior Citizens Program
CADC • Central Arkansas Development Council
CADC Benton Senior Wellness & Activity Center
CADC Bryant Senior Adult Activity Center
CAPCA • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
CDCAA • Central Delta Community Action Agency
CRDC • Crowley’s Ridge Development Council
C-SCDC Community Dental Clinic
C-SCDC • Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council
C-SCDC River Valley Regional Food Bank
CSO • Community Services Office
DHS • Arkansas Department of Human Services
EOAWC • Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County
EOA Children’s House
EOA of Washington County Head Start / Early Head Start
MCAEOC • Mississippi County AR EOC Head Start
MDCS • Mid-Delta’s Head Start
NADC • Northcentral Arkansas Development Council
NADC Head Start
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
Ozark Opportunities, Inc. — Success Program
SEACAC • Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation
— and don't forget! —
ACAAA • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association
Have we left out anyone from the Arkansas community action network?
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