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…

Safety Net Programs and Measuring Child Poverty

An October report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) demonstrates that federal safety net programs – including refundable tax credits – have driven a significant decline in child poverty over the last decades. Researchers analyzed data from the federal Supplemental Poverty Measure – which includes income from SNAP and other federal non-cash benefits and refundable tax…

The Growing Racial Wealth Divide

The Road to Zero Wealth, a report released this Fall by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies, examines the growing racial wealth divide and explores policy interventions that could reverse this trend. The report lays the foundation for a broad policy agenda by emphasizing the importance of gathering sufficient information on the barriers low-wealth households face in…

December 2017: Leading from the South

  On December 5, EITC Funders Network and Arkansas Asset Funders Network hosted a “Funder-to-Funder Conversation” on the latest programs, policies, and philanthropic strategies that increase economic security and build assets for people living in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. This timely gathering for regional and national funders showcased replicable best practices/promising funding strategies and offered…

September 2017: What does the Policy Debate Mean for Immigrant Families’ Economic Security?

Families in the Balance: What does the Policy Debate Mean for Immigrant Families’ Economic Security? The EITC Funders Network, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), and Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) co-hosted a webinar on Tuesday, September 12th on the profound and wide-ranging challenges to immigrant families’ economic security and strategies for grantmakers seeking…

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…