The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) is a private, non-profit organization which serves as an advocate and lobbyist for programs that assist low-income families and individuals. Founded in 1981, NCAF represents Community Action Agencies (CAAs) as well as their state and regional associations to help amplify and enhance their work in local communities throughout the country, promoting self-sufficiency and sustainable poverty reduction. NCAF is governed by an elected, volunteer board of Directors.
NCAF works closely with Members of Congress, federal and state agencies, and a variety of public interest groups to maintain adequate funding for CAA programs and to shape future policy directions. We advocate for broad range of issues, including: the Community Services Block Grant, welfare reform, Head Start, child care, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, workforce development, housing and shelter for the homeless, health, nutrition, tax and income policy, and energy conservation programs.
NCAF provides research, data and training, as well as policy, legal and legislative support, and works on behalf of CAAs, which provide services to more than a quarter of all Americans living in poverty and to several million more families with incomes only slightly higher than the poverty threshold every year.