Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.
Contact Information
Telephone (850) 222.2043
Fax 850 942.2090
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At A Glance
Organization DBA
Capital Area Community Action Agency
Community Action
Capital Area CAA
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-1117362
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $7,160,463.00
Projected Expenses $7,150,500.00
Mission Statement

We help people in crisis make ends meet while assisting those in poverty to become independent. The mission of the Capital Area Community Action Agency is to provide a comprehensive, seamless system of services and resources to reduce the detrimental effects of poverty, empower low-income citizens with skills and motivation to become self-sufficient, and improve the overall quality of their lives, and our community.

Needs Statement
The University of Toronto reported that economic segregation in our region is at the highest level in the country. A Rutgers University study reports that nearly half of our population does not make enough money to cover a basic survival budget. And a New York Times report of a Harvard Study reports that economic mobility of children in poverty in our region is amongst the lowest in the US.
The greatest needs of the Capital Area Community Action Agency is for the community to understand how to help people in poverty. Efforts to increase the capacity of our neighbors living in poverty will ensure a healthier and more robust workforce for economic development (including expansion and relocation efforts), more customers for retailers, more clients for service industries and a wider tax base. These efforts require a fully integrated effort to encourage personal responsibility and upward mobility.
While public assistance offers a band-aid, personal development and mentorship from the resourced community can help. 
Impact Statement
The Capital Area Community Action Agency successfully served residents in poverty by:
  1. Helping to pay the electric bill for 14,000 individuals to keep their lights on and their homes heated or cooled.
  2. Providing free school-readiness child care to more than 400 children in our Head Start early education program (330 children in Leon County alone).
  3. Making energy-efficiency improvements to more than 250 homes through the Weatherization Assistance Program.
  4. Launching the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World 15-week curriculum with three classes for nearly 50 individuals to prepare them to move out of poverty.
The Agency's goals for the coming year include:
  1. Relocating and upgrading the Head Start Center facilities to serve more children in healthier and safer environments.
  2. Expanding the Getting Ahead initiative into more communities to enable more impoverished families make the transition toward middle class.
  3. Strengthen our screening and assessment process to enable staff to educate those in crisis about alternative options which would reduce continued need for public assistance.
Background Statement
When President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in 1964 and launched the Great Society, Congress authorized the creation of Community Action Agencies to be the boots on the ground to administer a federal safety net that helped those living in poverty meet their immediate needs while charting a path toward upward mobility.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Urban & Community Economic Development
Adult Education
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The eight county region stretching from Jefferson to Calhoun/Gulf Counties comprises the Capital Area region for this Community Action Agency.
Board Chair Statement

The 50th anniversary of the President Johnson's war on poverty is a time for reflection on the vision and values articulated when President Johnson created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in 1964. The war on poverty was more than a policy initiative. It was the expression of a fundamental American value—economic opportunity for all. Each of us relies on that value every day to make a living and to support our families. A keystone program of the OEO is Community Action, also known as Community Action Agencies.

The goal of Community Action is to encourage "maximum feasible participation" in local decisions. The empowerment of citizens with the tools and a seat at the table to play an active role in the design and administration of programs and services for their communities was and remains a key activity of Community Action Agencies nationwide. This philosophy promotes leadership, capacity building and flexible local control of resources. Americans resonate with the idea of local control of resources and the chance to share opinions to influence decisions and outcomes. The human infrastructure that we know as our Community Action Agencies is a key engine of progress that is actively improving our communities.

Community Action Agencies have made amazing strides in recognizing and incorporating the diversity of America and ensuring that federal programs are, in the words of President Lincoln, of the people, by the people and for the people. People of modest means, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and older adults are now integral to decision making and occupy positions of leadership and influence. With the help of Community Action, their roles will grow as we embark on the next 50 years.

The Capital Area Community Action Agency responds to community needs and maximizes public and private resources. Each Community Action Agency is unique, reflecting the priorities of their community and playing a leadership role in economic development, job training, housing, services to Veterans and older adults, early childhood education/HeadStart, the prevention of homelessness, and helping to ensure food for the hungry. Community Action Agencies provide critical help for emergency needs like utility assistance and provide long term assistance like financial literacy training, budgeting and access to educational services. They also help low and moderate income families with programs like tax preparation, home ownership classes, and opportunities to make homes more efficient through weatherization and energy conservation.

The Capital Area Community Action Agency recently conducted a Community Needs Assessment. The board of directors will be reviewing this information to determine the direction of our efforts for the next 50 years.

Our goal is to motivate self-help, coordinate volunteerism and connect people to their communities. This year, take a moment to get to know your Capital Area Community Action Agency! For more information visit

CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

Welcome to the Capital Area Community Action Agency! Since 1965, this agency has worked hard to provide a safety net for our community’s poor. One of 1,000 community action agencies in the country, we are the first line of defense to help people in crisis when they have trouble making ends meet while assisting those in poverty who want to become independent of government assistance.

Community Action is ready to assist those eligible families who need help paying their electric bill or find stable housing. The Agency can help eligible clients weatherize their homes so residents can better afford food or medicine.

For young children from low-income families, Head Start is an incredible pre-school program to get students ready for kindergarten. Head Start facilitates needed medical, dental, mental health care and more to the children. Family Advocates work with the parents to help them achieve more financial independence and move toward self-sufficiency.

The Getting Ahead program works with individuals and families who have made the decision that they no longer want to live in poverty. The Agency launched a new curriculum to assist clients to better understand the causes of poverty, set life goals and provide support to help them work out of poverty to a life that is thriving.

Nelson Mandela stated that poverty is not natural, but is man made and can be overcome. Therefore, our community is only as strong as the weakest amongst us. Nearly a quarter of all residents in our eight-county service area live in poverty. This greatly exceeds the state and national poverty rates. We must and can do better.

Tim Center, Esq.

Description The Agency works hard to serve residents in our community who have trouble making ends meet and can't pay their electric bill, need help with their rent or similar challenges. Customers are determined to be income eligible for services - meaning they qualify for assistance by living at or below 150% of poverty. During the screening and assessment process, referrals are made to other Agency programs that can help alleviate their situation for the long-term.
Budget $2,500,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success The short term outcome of providing crisis services is that the individual and their family has their immediate needs met - keeping their lights stay on or ensuring that they have a roof over their head. 
Long term Success A long-term goal of the crisis services provided would be that the individual is screened, assessed and enrolled (where appropriate) in a program that helps reduce the need for such assistance in the future.
Program Success Monitored By
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
United Way of the Big Bend 
Head Start is a federally-funded program for preschool-aged children, including those with disabilities, from low-income families that meet 100% of the income poverty guidelines). Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities that will prepare them for school and success in life.
The mission of Head Start is to help children and families become self-sufficient by providing comprehensive services that empower them socially, emotionally, economically, and physically. 
The Capital Area Community Action Agency operates nine-nationally accredited Head Start Centers in three counties - Franklin, Jefferson and Leon. The Agency serves more than 378 children annually. 
Budget $3,800,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families
Short Term Success The short-term outcomes on Head Start focus on the day-to-day operations of providing a safe, age appropriate child care, school-readiness environment that provides two meals and a snack each day, voluntary pre-kindergarten services, and medical overlay services including occupational therapy to address disabilities, mental health, speech therapy, and medical and dental referrals.
Long term Success Head Start is a school-readiness child development program with more than 3,000 criteria. Getting students ready for kindergarten is the long-term outcome sought by the program. More than 80% of four-year old students transitioning from Head Start are ready for kindergarten based on assessments.
Program Success Monitored By
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Florida Department of Education
Florida Department of Children and Families 
Examples of Program Success An adult male in poverty has a vocabulary of about 900 words. A five-year old child from a family of means has a vocabulary of about 1,200 words. Early childhood education is key to preparing these students for success.

The Weatherization Program provides minor repairs to the homes and apartments of low-income individuals and families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
Assistance includes:

  • Reduce air-infiltration (weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, minor wall, ceiling and floor repairs, window and door repair/replacement.
  • Install attic insulation
  • Install solar screens
  • Apply solar reflective coating to manufactured homes
  • Install compact florescence light bulbs
  • Repair or replace water heaters
  • Repair or replace inefficient heating/cooling units.
Even more is that the resident can own or rent. If renting, the landlord cannot raise the rent or evict the resident due to the improvement.
Budget $500,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Weatherization
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Short-term success is focused on increasing the energy efficiency of a home or apartment. The energy efficiency rating of a residence will be increased by 20 points (on a 100 point scale).
Long term Success Long-term success focuses on reducing energy bills for low-income residents. The homeowner will save as much as $200 per month on their utility bill.
Program Success Monitored By Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Examples of Program Success
A homeowner says it best....
“I didn’t know the weatherization program was for renters too! When I
found out, I applied right away because I knew I was paying way too much
for my electric bill. My first bill after the house was re-done was almost $200 less than the month before! That’s a lot of money! My house needed new striping around the windows and doors. The ducts were in bad shape
too. I can’t remember all that was done, but it took them less than two days and it was worth it!” ~ Margaret
Description Programs designed to help the transformation from living in poverty to moving toward a middle-class economic level can be found in our Getting Ahead/Staying Ahead efforts that include family self-sufficiency case management and the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by World curriculum. The effort to help an individual or family move out of poverty is hard and requires a combination of skills, effort and luck. Mentorships help sustain and offer options to those working their way out of poverty.
Budget $800,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Families
Short Term Success The Getting Ahead researched-based curriculum provides the skills and knowledge necessary for an individual to better understand what it will make the transformation toward middle class. Staying Ahead couples case management with mentors from the resourced community to help sustain what is taught in Getting Ahead and open options to the clients.
Long term Success The long-term success of any program designed to help a person become independent of the need for public assistance is to move a person above the poverty line.
Program Success Monitored By More than 80% of students complete the Getting Ahead 4-month curriculum. 49% of completing students get a job. 48% move into Staying Ahead to advance their education and job training. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity monitors the program outcomes and outputs. 
Examples of Program Success
Client testimonial: "Getting Ahead is a great class and taking the class made me more aware
of what was going with myself and my community as well. I like that the classes are in small groups. This made it more comfortable for me to participate in group discussions. I was new to Tallahassee, and I did not find a job as quickly as I thought I would. The name of the program was interesting (Getting Ahead). Being new to the area, I most definitely wanted to know how to 'get ahead'.”
~ Tiffany
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments Congress authorized the creation of Community Action organizations and requires that the governing Board of Directors be a tri-partite board. A tri-partite board has three components. A third represents the low-income communities served by Community Action. A third come from elected representatives or their designees. A third come from the private sector.
Board Chair
Board Chair Roger Newsome
Company Affiliation Florida Department of Management Services
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Charlene Lanier
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
Board Members
Carol Barfield Housing, Franklin County
Kim Bodine CareerSource Gulf Coast, Gulf County
Chanise Brown Head Start, Leon County
Willie Green Bishop, Gadsden County
Sheree Keeler Wakulla County
Charlean Lanier Good Harvest Church, Wakulla County
Pamela Manuel Orange Avenue United Tenants Association, Leon County
Kara Palmer CareerSource Capital Region
Debra Peterson Liberty County
Clarice Powell Sheriff's Office, Franklin County
Pamela Ridley Business Owner, Leon County
Dan Stengle Attorney, Leon County
Allen Stucks Retired, Leon County
Cheryl Thompson Capital City Bank Group
Brandon Wienke SunTrust Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Tim Center Esq.
Term Start June 2012
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation 90000

Born and raised in Tampa, Tim is a fourth generation Florida native. After graduating from Plant High School, he started Florida State University in 1984. He double-majored in Communication and Political Science. He graduated from Florida State College of Law in 1991.

He began his post-college career with the Florida Legislature working for a joint commission on juvenile justice. He went on to run the state's delinquency prevention programs for the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Bush administration.

Tim left state government to work for the Florida Home Builders Association where he ran its foundation and a career development program called Future Builders of America. In 2006, he joined the Collins Center for Public Policy - a Miami-based independent non-profit non-partisan policy think tank.

Tim ran the sustainability practice and was the Executive Director of Sustainable Florida - which he continues to operate as an independent non-profit.

Tim is now the Executive Director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency - an agency that serves as the safety net for those in poverty living in our eight-county region.

He and Amy have been married for 10 years and have a soon-to-be 8-year old daughter Hayden.

Former CEOs
Dorothy Inman Johnson June 1998 - June
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Title Vice President, Economic Security
Title Vice President, Children Services
Full Time Staff 110
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 100
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 65%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Capital Area Community Action Agency works regularly with public and private stakeholders, including the faith-based community.
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce2014
United Way of the Big Bend2014
United Partners for Human Services2014
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $7,160,463.00
Projected Expenses $7,150,500.00
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$7,466,885$10,307,339$12,998,258
Individual Contributions$25,154$56,506$60,336
Investment Income, Net of Losses$281----
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$27,516$63,440$65,169
Revenue In-Kind$0$749,492$731,479
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$6,958,483$10,649,804$13,037,097
Administration Expense$614,669$589,887$614,237
Fundraising Expense$4,833$63,551$98,935
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.991.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%94%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$925,342$2,040,048$2,062,701
Current Assets$720,103$1,820,504$1,863,517
Long-Term Liabilities$172,561$181,511$190,061
Current Liabilities$404,319$1,471,531$1,367,301
Total Net Assets$348,462$387,006$505,339
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.781.241.36
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets19%9%9%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments The Capital Area Community Action Agency is primarily funded by the federal government through direct grants or pass through funds with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. During the recession, the Agency received millions in additional funds from the stimulus appropriation.
Foundation Comments Financial figures for the graphs were imported by GuideStar's digitized Form 990 database
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.
TALLAHASSEE , FL 323012729
Primary Phone 850 222.2043
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tim Center Esq.
Board Chair Roger Newsome
Board Chair Company Affiliation Florida Department of Management Services
Year of Incorporation 1967