California Family Resource Association

Capacity Building Resources


Making the Case for Family Resource Centers:

The following are handouts designed specifically for family resource centers, including a series of handouts highlighting FRCs' impact on early childhood education, neighborhoods, family economic success, and parent leadership. 

Data and Evaluation Tools

Visit CFRA's Data and Evaluation Tools page.

Funding Streams

Host AmeriCorps Members at Your Agency

CFRA's parent agency, the Child Abuse Prevention Center, has three statewide AmeriCorps programs that are always looking for new partner sites to host AmeriCorps members.

  • CWSI AmeriCorps members provide nurturing parenting education and supportive services that can be part of your community's child abuse prevention efforts.
  • First 5 Service Corps members provide literacy and developmental activities in various settings that can be part of your community's school readiness efforts.
  • Youth Investment Center youth mentors provide life skills, financial literacy skills, and academic support services one-on-one with disadvantaged youth.

CFRA's Member Forum

CFRA Members can access these tools in our Member Forum:

  • Handouts
  • Webinar Recordings
  • Policy Committee Notes
  • Advocacy Toolkit
  • Health Happens Here Toolkit
  • Networking & Discussion opportunities

Current members can login via If your email is not recognized, please send an email to Rachael at and include your first name, last name, and organization name. Within the next business day, you will receive a notification that you can access the system.

Resources for Nonprofits

Discounted Computer Software, Hardware, and Training

TechSoup has a product donation program, which provides eligible organizations with discounted software, hardware, services, and training. TechSoup's catalog includes more than 375 products from over 90 companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. TechSoup also provides useful technology resources such as a blog, webinars, forums, newsletter, and articles and how-tos.

Telephone and Internet Discounts

The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) currently provides a 50% discount on telephone and internet services to thousands of nonprofits across the state. If you're not sure if you receive this discount, check your telecommunications invoice.

Starting July 1, 2016 the 50% discount still applies to broadband internet services, but the support for voice/telephone services (including VoIP) went down to 25%. If your organization is in an under- or un-served area, you can apply for an exemption to keep the 50% discount on voice services. However, if you do that, you will lose any discounts for internet or other services currently covered by the CTF. CalNonprofits recommends calculating the discounts both ways and selecting the option that provides you with the best discount. Learn more about the CTF program from Cal Nonprofits

Benefits for your Nonprofit Staff

Millions of nonprofit staff have student loans, and many don't know that there is a student loan forgiveness program that they could be taking advantage of. Find out more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Improve Your Website on a Small Budget

TechSoup explains 5 steps to improve your website, without spending a lot of money (or any at all).