February 2018: Volunteers Matter – Philanthropic Strategies to Ensure VITA’s Success

The EITC Funders Network hosted a webinar on February 15th, 2018 that raised awareness of volunteer management challenges and opportunities specific to VITA and provided information about best practices in supporting volunteer management.  Speakers included: Jane Justis, President of the Board of Directors, The Leighty Foundation Gwen Moore, Community Tax Centers Volunteer Coordinator, Foundation Communities Rebecca Thompson,…

EITC Awareness Day 2018

The IRS estimates that only four of five eligible taxpayers claim and receive the EITC.  Each year, the IRS and national partners join in a coordinated outreach effort to increase tax credit eligibility awareness to ensure every qualified worker claims and receives the credit. This year, the 12th annual EITC Awareness Day is coming up on Friday, January…

Through the Funder Lens: Public Sector, Philanthropic and Practitioner Collaborations that Strengthen the Impact of the EITC and VITA

Funders recognize that the effectiveness and impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are limited by the credit’s participation rate and many low-income taxpayers’ reliance on costly tax preparation services. At the same time, funders know that philanthropy cannot always take on the vital task of funding grantees to advance the work that addresses…

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…

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…