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All a-Board! Series: Getting People on the Board (People)

The Purpose, People, and Process of CAA Boards


Learn how to effectively identify and recruit engaged, active individuals to serve as CAA board members – it’s all in the N.A.M.E. It’s about the board’s Needs, a potential board member’s Attributes, the organization’s Mission, and communicating Expectations.

Whether you’re a new CAA board member eager to orient yourself to the work of community action, an existing board member looking for clarity on your role and responsibilities, or a board chair planning to facilitate a training at the next board meeting, the All a-Board! series can serve as a starting point or a refresher. As standalone resources, the videos offer frameworks and hypotheticals based on real-life board situations to help directors understand key aspects of CAA board service. They also complement CAPLAW’s existing resources, highlighting important issues that board members can learn more about in our other publications.

These brief videos can be viewed by board members on their own at each board member’s convenience, or as a group as part of a full board training or series of short board trainings at the beginning of each board meeting. However they’re consumed, CAAs may use these videos to help meet CSBG Organizational Standards 5.7 and 5.8, which call upon organizations to conduct board orientations and ongoing board trainings.

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All a-Board! Series: Terms and Term Limits (Process)

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Democratic Selection Procedures in a Pandemic

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