June 2015 Newsletter Interview: Lauren Stillwell, Program Officer at The Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Tell us about your funding portfolio.  What kinds of efforts are you focusing on right now? Washington Area Women’s Foundation is focused on increasing the economic security of low-income women and girls. We do this by investing in asset building, workforce development, and early care and education.  To date, we have invested nearly $8 million…

April 2015 – Making Work Pay: Understanding the impact of the EITC and other tax credits on the lives of low income families

The EITC Funders Network, the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families co-hosted an informative session with the authors of It’s Not Like I’m Poor, a newly released book that highlights how low income families are faring since the welfare reforms enacted in the 1990s. In the wake of welfare reform…

Understanding the Impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides federal funding for training to help unemployed and underemployed workers qualify for better jobs. The new law is substantially different from its predecessor, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), in its emphasis on targeting low-income adults and youth with limited training and skills to…

March 2015 — What’s Ahead for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) in 2015 and Beyond?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) are widely recognized as critical income supports for millions of low-income families. While both have enjoyed bipartisan support and are proven to be powerful tools for lifting families and children out of poverty, there are movements afoot to alter the federal EITC and…

February 2015 — CFED’s New Support for the Community Tax Preparation Field

Free tax preparation services help tens of thousands of low and moderate-income families have their taxes filed in high quality, non-predatory, community settings. The success of this field has been built on developing technical expertise and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by a robust network. As we head into the 2015 tax season, it is more…