Webinar Recordings


What We All Need to Know About Poverty in Massachusetts

Join us for an important webinar on the landscape of poverty in Massachusetts today, and on the role of Community Action through the years. MassBudget’s Nancy Wagman will summarize the findings of the recently released Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward report, written by MassBudget and commissioned by the Massachusetts Association of Community Action. Nancy will review the development and passage of the Great Society Programs that gave birth to Community Action and will focus on critical aspects of poverty in Massachusetts and how we work together to address it.

Recorded: February 14, 2019

Understanding Immigrant Rights – Recorded Live Webinar

In this recorded webinar, a PAIR lawyer shares resources and information you can use to empower the people you serve by helping them to understand the current situation on the ground, their rights when encountered by immigration officers, what they can do to prepare themselves and their families, and where to go for help.

Recorded: January 31, 2018

Presenting: Irene Freidel, Access to Justice Fellow and volunteer lawyer with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project

Understanding Collective Impact – Recorded Live Webinar

In this recorded live webinar, you’ll hear from three different Community Action Agencies participating in collective impact initiatives, each at a different stage and with a different set of goals and responsibilities.

Release date: October 5, 2017
Presenting: Lev Ben-Ezra, Director of Youth Programs, Community Action of Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions, Tricia Pistone, Deputy Director, Montachusett Opportunity Council, Lilian Romero, Chief Program Officer, Lynn Economic Opportunity

Succession Planning: Ensuring a Smooth Transition

Succession planning can be an uneasy subject that many boards and executive directors avoid. Boards avoid the discussion because they don’t want to offend EDs, while EDs don’t want their boards to worry they might be leaving. But the fact is, eventually, the ED will leave, and the Organizational Standards require a succession plan. This pre-recorded presentation will discuss the critical elements of succession planning, unveiling a template that will make it a rewarding experience for boards and EDs. You’ll see how your entire organization can benefit from a well-planned and effective method for developing executive bench strength.

Release date: March 14, 2017
Presenting: John W. Edwards, Jr. MPA, CCAP, NCRT, CLC, Principal Consultant with The Edwards Group Florida, Inc.

Strategic Planning for Boards of Directors

Community Action Boards of Directors play an integral role in the strategic planning process. Great for Board meetings, this pre-recorded presentation explains the CSBG requirements of Boards in needs assessments and strategic planning, with examples from different agencies.

Release date: December 1, 2016
Presenting: Jess Benedetto, MASSCAP, Nationally Certified ROMA Trainer, Jennifer Carter, Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Jill Dagilis, Worcester Community Action Council, Maureen O’Neill, North Shore Community Action Program Board Member, Patricia Pelletier, Planner, MASSCAP

Financial Oversight Responsibilities

This pre-recorded presentation is designed for Boards of Directors of Community Action Agencies. As a result of this training, participants will be able to understand their fiduciary responsibility as a member of the Board of Directors, understand the requirements of the CSBG National Organizational Standards as they pertain to the financial oversight responsibilities of the Board of Directors, identify their responsibilities in relation to the agency’s annual audit and IRS Form 990, determine if they are receiving the information necessary to carry out their fiduciary responsibilities, determine if the agency has the necessary internal controls, and identify the warning signs that financial trouble might be around the corner.

Release date: April 19, 2016
Presenting: Kathleen McDermott

Roles, Expectations, and Responsibilities of the Board

In this recorded live webinar, we discuss the legal framework that governs a CAA tripartite board as well as explore key responsibilities of the CAA board, including its role in the implementation of the new CSBG Organizational Standards. The webinar is intended to provide a broad overview of all of the board’s responsibilities as they relate to the Organizational Standards.

Release date: December 14, 2015
Presenting: Eleanor Evans, Esq., Veronica Zhang, Esq.

Poverty: Past and Present

In this recording of the MASSCAP Training Center’s inaugural webinar, two experts help us understand how addressing poverty became a national priority and offer a research-based snapshot of poverty in Massachusetts today. David Bradley, Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation, will present a history of the war on poverty and community action programs. Noah Berger, President of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, will review important data about poverty in Massachusetts, the programs that have worked to address it, and how we can build on those programs to achieve our goal of ending poverty.

Release date: June 24, 2015
Presenting: David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation, Noah Berger, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center