Who We Are

The California Community Action Partnership Association (CalCAPA) empowers members through capacity building, representation and outreach. Founded in 1976, CalCAPA serves member Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and other Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funded organizations that deliver human services to economically disadvantaged families and children across California. 

Our Mission

CalCAPA’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to help economically disadvantaged Californians achieve self-sufficiency by generating quality training and technical assistance, developing and promoting transformative public policies and practices and building awareness and partnerships for a more equitable economy.

our vision

CalCAPA envisions an abundant world in which people of all backgrounds are self-sufficient, equitably sharing resources, embracing social responsibility and enjoying collective prosperity. CalCAPA strives to be the premier poverty- fighting membership organization in California where culture and commitment created by our dynamic leadership and innovative staff supports individual and organizational excellence and sustainability.

our values

Equity | we value fair and just treatment of all people
Trust | we value innate strength of character and honesty
Respect | we value the dignity and humanity of all people
Compassion | we value the ability sympathize and yearning to aid those in need
Inclusion | we value diversity and the relevance of all people
Empowerment | we value helping others to help themselves

What We Do

Capacity building

CalCAPA facilitates relevant and timely network and organizational capacity building opportunities that capitalizes on the latest and best practices in the field of human services. Responsive to the needs of our members, our work includes providing targeted online and in-person training and consulting services in areas such as governance, finance and leadership development. The importance of our members’ work drives our unwavering commitment to provide the constant improvement needed for them to create meaningful and sustainable results. 


CalCAPA aims to be a powerful catalyst for change through consist advocacy and action around complex poverty issues. With the diminishing funding of human services, advancing the interests of the impoverished communities our members serve is vital. CalCAPA provides a voice through mobilization and alliance-building in order to improve the laws, policies, and systems that impact and change structural inequalities.


CalCAPA builds understanding and awareness through issue-framing, messaging and outreach efforts in order to push forward the conversation on poverty. As a key element of CalCAPA’s work, we engage the public in dialogue through multiple media platforms, action-oriented campaigns, speaking engagements and our many partnerships with affinity groups, industry trade associations, business and political leaders and other like-minded organizations.