September 2018 Newsletter Interview: Erica Williams, Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Interview with a Researcher The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently released a brief that discusses ways state EITCs make work pay for people of color and women. We followed up with Erica Williams, Senior Director of State Policy Initiatives, to learn more about the role of tax credits in helping to advance…

June 2018 Newsletter Interview: Laura Speer, Associate Director, Policy Reform and Advocacy at The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Supporting Immigrant Families in a Shifting Policy Landscape Under a newly proposed federal rule, immigrants seeking admission to the U.S. or applying for lawful permanent residency could be denied if family members, including U.S. citizen children, receive public benefits for which they are eligible under federal law. These new “public charge” rules are not yet…

March 2018 Newsletter Interview: Isabel Barrios, Program Officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Tell us about the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s economic opportunity work. The Foundation’s economic opportunity work was born out of our post-Katrina work on housing and community development, which included a five-year, $25 million initiative to support the organizations and systems that repaired or created new affordable housing. We organize our grant programs into nine categories…

December 2017 Newsletter Interview: Cynthia Miller, Senior Fellow at MDRC and Project Director for the Paycheck Plus Evaluation

  MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, is testing and evaluating a demonstration project – Paycheck Plus – that offers workers without dependent children an enhanced Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The program is being implemented and evaluated in two U.S. cities – New York, New York and Atlanta, Georgia. The…

June 2017 Newsletter Interview: Susan Mason, Director of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation

  What is the current focus of the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation (IFFF)? The purpose of the Foundation is to make a meaningful impact on the financial lives of lower-income and underserved taxpayers, individuals, small businesses and the nonprofits that serve them. The Foundation, founded in 2002, executes its mission through public-private partnerships between Intuit and…

March 2017 Newsletter Interview: Lori Seibel, President and CEO of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

Tell us about your organization’s work and how family economic security fits into your priorities as a philanthropic organization focused on community health. Our vision is to make Lincoln, Nebraska the healthiest community in the nation. For the past 18 years, the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) has worked to fulfill this vision which was…

December 2016 Newsletter Interviews: Robert Greenstein of CBPP and Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution

In the wake of the 2016 election, we turned to two federal EITC policy experts to tell us their views on what’s next for the federal EITC. Robert Greenstein, Founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Elizabeth Kneebone, Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, provided their thoughts in response to…

September 2016 Newsletter Interview: Tom Keith, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

Tell us about your economic opportunity funding portfolio. The mission of the Sisters of Charity Foundation is to address the needs of the poor and underserved statewide – in all 46 South Carolina counties – and to strategically use resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy, and leadership. South Carolina has one of the highest poverty…

June 2016 Newsletter Interview: Steven Lee, Managing Director at Robin Hood Foundation

The Robin Hood Foundation, New York’s largest poverty-fighting philanthropic organization, is taking on a bold new initiative to enroll currently unenrolled, but eligible low-income New Yorkers in the EITC and other public benefits. We recently sat down with Robin Hood Managing Director Steven Lee to learn more about the Foundation’s “Billion Dollar Challenge.” What is…