Center for Community Futures

P.O. Box 5309

Berkeley, CA 94705

Contact Us:
Jim Masters, Consultant (510) 459-7570

Matt Klapperich, Accounting Consultant (510) 339-3801

Allen Stansbury, Consultant in Public Policy Research Analysis (707) 540-5776
Teresa Wickstrom, Head Start Consultant (909) 790-0670

Now available from the Center for Community Futures:

Family Development and Case Management Training for Head Start Management based entirely on the new Parent, Family Community Engagement (PFCE) framework, and on the goals and Relationship Based Competencies (RBCs) listed in the appendix to ACF-IM-HS-12-05. We cover the RBCs for Supervisors using the latest in social work theory and practice.

The Center for Community Futures offers Wage and Benefits Comparability Study services for Head Start programs and Community Action Agencies.


  • The Center for Community Futures has collaborated with John Johnston for decades. John was a CAA Director and a State Economic Opportunity Office Director. He has done consulting work for CAAs in 45 states. Recently, John led an effort to rebuild the bankrupt Public Housing Authority in Topeka, Kansas that had half-empty, run-down, drug and crime ridden complexes.

The starting point for this work was R. Buckminster Fuller’s observation: “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

In 2010 instead of continuing to use 20th Century anti-poverty, community development, community involvement, and child development strategies--the Topeka Housing Authority (THA), the Greater Topeka United Way, and the Topeka School District set out to create a 21st Century model that would TRANSFORM a neighborhood. The core of this area was THA’s Pine Ridge complex. In those 207 units, the average household income was less than $10,000.

By 2013 this TRANSFORMATION was well underway. In October of that year for the first time in decades the families decorated their units for Halloween and their kids went trick or treating. When a resident who had lived in Pine Ridge 15 years earlier heard this his response was straightforward: “If we’d done that--we’d have been shot.” In a survey done in September of 2015 the two words residents used most often to describe Pine Ridge were “safe” and “quiet.” No one would have characterized Pine Ridge this way even five years earlier.

We asked John to produce a step-by-step Guidebook with urban and rural components to help you replicate this work, and he has done so. It is available HERE in .docx format.

If you want to learn more about how to make this TRANSFORMATION approach work in your community, we can arrange a workshop for your State Association meeting, or at your CAA. E-mail me at To ask John questions directly, e-mail him at

  • For Community Action Agencies:

  • CAA Salary and Benefits Survey Report

  • CAA Board Members Toolkit Developed for Cal/Neva on an OCS contract.

  • ROMA: Results Oriented Management and Accountability - ROMA: Results Oriented Management and Accountability workbook free download!

  • Monitoring for Change publication outlines some basic principles of monitoring, looks at the monitoring report from the perspective of the monitor and the monitoree, and identifies processes which should ensure that proper results are obtained from monitoring.

  • Strategic Planning Retreat for CAAs

  • Manuals Prepared for NACAA on OCS Contracts. The NACAA Manuals page also includes Disaster Relief publication.

  • CSBG. Access Reports from the CSBG National Reporting System 1982–1986. These are the earliest reports from the National Voluntary Reporting System (NVRS) and CSBG Information System (CSBG-IS). The CSBG page also includes information re: The OCS Project to Develop a 21st Century Model to End Poverty and National Conversation on Poverty and Economic Security (NCPES).

  • Eighteen Principles for Effective Leadership (free publication). This publication incites action by providing members of the board with the theoretical framework for running the agency. It includes sample policies divided into four areas of board responsibility. It introduces the technology of Policy Governance for nonprofit organizations as conceived and practiced by John Carver, Ph.D. This paper summarizes the salient principles which characterize excellence in governing an organization.

  • Opinion Papers by Jim Masters. Click on the link to access the Opinion Papers and Book Reviews by Jim Masters in Microsoft Word format.

  • OEO and CSA Instructions and Documents. OEO and CSA Instructions and Documents, 1964-1981 in PDF format, some in .doc/x