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Q: Is Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo a part of the City or County Government?

A: No, Community Action Partnership is a private non-profit 501c (3) organization.


Q: What is a Community Action Agency?

A: Community Action Agencies promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and families striving to become economically secure while investing in the future of their local communities. There is a national network of over one-thousand CAAs serving over 7 million families, totaling 16 million low-income persons each year. CAAs also mobilize thousands of volunteers to enact positive change in their communities.
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Q: How Are Community Action Agencies different from other groups?

A: Most poverty –related organizations focus on a specific area of need. Community Action Agencies reach out to low income people in their communities, address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty.


Q: Where does Community Action Partnership of SLO receive their funding from?

A: Community Action receives the majority of their funding from federal, county and city government awards and grants. The funding the Agency receives from individual donations is particularly important because it allows CAPSLO to fill gaps in the grant funding to better assist the community needs. See the Funders link on our website.


Q: How is the community involved in the decisions being made by the Community Action Partnership?

A: Community Action has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community. The Board has equal number of representatives from the low- income sector, private sector and elected public officials.


Q: What is done to insure fiscal integrity with the funds received by CAPSLO?

A: CAPSLO has established policies and procedures throughout its organization to ensure that every dollar of the annual budget is spent effectively and prudently. The Agency adheres to all Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), as established by the Federal Accounting Standards Board. CAPSLO fiscal records are reviewed annually by an independent public accounting firm. CAPSLO is also monitored and reviewed by multiple funding sources each year.


Q: How is it determined who Community Action Partnership purchases products and services from?

A: CAPSLO has established policies and procedures governing purchases made by employees at all levels, emphasizing internal review of vendors, lowest costs for comparable products, and competitive bidding for items over a designated level. These guidelines follow the Federal Office of Management & Budget Procurement Standards for non-profit organizations. (OMB circular A-110)