On November 2nd, the EITC Funders Network co-hosted a funder conversation in Columbia, SC on two-generation approaches to creating opportunity for South Carolina’s families and children together with the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy, the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and the United Way Association of South Carolina.
See below for an agenda from the day, links to session PowerPoints, and additional materials.
Advancing Opportunity for South Carolinians:
Two-Generation Strategies and the Role of Tax Credits
Session 1: POVERTY, OPPORTUNITY, AND TWO-GENERATION APPROACHES TO IMPROVING HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY
This introductory session provided a common framework for the day’s discussion by grounding the conversation in South Carolina’s specific economic context. It also provided an introduction to the two-generation approach and the ways in which tax credits work together with other strategies to create opportunity for working families and children.
Moderator: Anita Garrett, Director of Collective Impact at United Way Association of South Carolina
- Megan Branham, Director of Policy at Children’s Trust of South Carolina
- Rosa Maria Castaneda, Senior Associate at The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Ralph Gildehaus, Senior Program Director at MDC
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Creating Opportunity for Families, A Two-Generation Approach
- EITC Funders Network, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST), and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF): A Two-Generation Approach to Poverty Reduction and the EITC
- MDC, State of the South and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina
- Children’s Trust of South Carolina: The Earned Income Tax Credit: Increasing Financial Stability of South Carolina Families
- United Way Association of South Carolina, The Self-Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina
Session 2: BETTER OUTCOMES FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN – EXAMPLES FROM THE FIELD
This session brought to life the connections made above by introducing some of the successfully funded models on the ground, asking the questions: What are the links between economic opportunity and child and family outcomes? What are we learning from these models? What is the leading edge of the work and what is missing?
Moderator: Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy at Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
- Bernie Mazyck, President and CEO at the South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development
- Craig Shoemaker, Financial Education and Outreach Specialist at United Way of Greenville County
- Bill Stanfield, CEO of Metanoia
Session 3: EXPLORING THE EITC AS A WAY TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD SHARED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
What are the policy changes that can help create population-level changes? How are funders thinking about this work? This session provided an overview of EITC policy efforts around the country and a discussion around steps forward in our state.
Moderator and Panelist: Keisha Gray, Program Specialist at Mary Black Foundation
- Bryan Boroughs, Director of Legislative Affairs at Institute for Child Success
- Louisa Warren, Director of State Strategies and Engagement at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
- Mary Black Foundation, Measuring Progress
- Children’s Trust of South Carolina, the Institute for Child Success, and United Way Association of South Carolina, 2016 Early Childhood Common Agenda
- CBPP, Policy Basics: State Earned Income Tax Credits