To help improve the efforts to protect current and create new state EITCs, the EITC Funders Network and Economic Opportunity Funders (formerly known as GIST) administer and oversee the EITC Rapid Response, Campaign and Policy Development Fund. The three funds – together known as the EITC Pooled Fund – are guided by an advisory group, supported by three national funders and administered by EOF and the EITC Funders Network in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and The Hatcher Group.
Additional work of the EITC Pooled Fund:
The Fund has supported several messaging research efforts to support awardees and the field.
In 2012, The Fund contracted with a national polling firm (Hart Research) to support new research on EITC messaging through focus groups and national polling. Findings from this research are available upon request.
In 2015, building on the polling and focus group findings, The Fund contracted a messaging firm (Topos Partnership) to explore the set of messages that might shift how people think about the EITC. This research, using deep “talk-back” message testing in several locations across the country, explored how people think about the EITC as a mechanism to reduce poverty and their reactions to messages regarding fraud and abuse of funds and other key message points. See findings from this research here.
The Fund also provides support to two national field partners – Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and The Hatcher Group. Each year, these national partners work collaboratively to prepare a scan of the state EITC policy field and identify opportunities and challenges that The Fund could work to address. National field partners also provide direct technical assistance to awardees and share learnings with the field.
The Fund supported a retrospective evaluation of the Rapid Response and Policy Development Fund. Evaluation activities began in Summer 2016 and concluded in March 2018. Evaluation activities included document reviews, awardee surveys and interviews, group data collection at convening(s), funder and leadership team interviews, awardee coaching on data collection, awardee capacity assessments, surveys of a subset of awardees’ peers/partners, funding landscape analysis, and in-depth case studies.
Supported by the EITC Pooled Fund, the Tax Policy Center has updated and improved the EITC Data Interactive. This tool will be incredibly helpful to funders and grantees seeking to better understand the reach and impact of the federal EITC in local communities across the US.
The tool allows you to use the geographic filters to find and download the number tax filers who received an EITC for specific ZIP codes, states, cities and towns, counties, metropolitan divisions, state legislative districts, and congressional districts.