The North Dakota Community Action Partnership (NDCAP) was established in 1976 as a vehicle to enhance the capacity and program service delivery of the seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota. The seven Community Action Agencies, private nonprofit organizations, provide a myriad of services and programs designed to empower low-income families and individuals to become self sufficient. The NDCAP enhances its membership by providing technical assistance, training, poverty research, program development, public relations, and organizational effectiveness to the statewide Community Action network of staff, volunteers, and board members.
The NDCAP does have its own IRS tax-exempt status, however it has been deemed as a 501c4 organization.
The NDCAP is staffed by two full-time employee. Serving as the NDCAP Executive Director is Ann Pollert and Andrea Olson serves as the Asset Development Coordiantor. The board of directors consists of the seven Executive Directors from each of the NDCAP’s membership. More information about NDCAP can be found on the internet at www.capnd.org.
In 1964 President Johnson declared a War on Poverty and created Community Action agencies. In ND there are seven Community Action agencies that provide a myriad of services for people living below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Each agency operates independently and is guided by a Board of Directors. The make-up of the board is 1/3 elected public officials, or appointive public officials if sufficient elected officials are unable to serve; not fewer than 1/3 of the members are persons chosen through a democratic selection process to assure that the members are representative of low income individuals and families in the neighborhood served and living in the neighborhood represented by the member; and the remainder are officials or members of business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education or other major groups and interests in the community served.
Throughout the state there are core programs that all the agencies offer, in addition each region has unique programs that they have implemented because of the need in the community. Community Action works close with many partners in each region to work together in order to provide the most efficient use of funding and resources.