EITC Funders Network eNewsletter
Issue 48 | September 2020
A Note from the Coordinator
Dear EITC Funders Network,
Three years ago, we as a Network started more deeply exploring the growing body of research on the intersections between the EITC and health outcomes. This research became a foundation for fostering cross-sector discussions to promote economic opportunity as well as health equity.

In many ways, this conversation seems all the more pressing today in the midst of our current health and economic crisis, layered upon a history of ongoing and persistent structural racism that exacerbates COVID's impacts.

This month's "Interview with a Funder" below explores the important intersections of health, income, and equity in conversation with our colleagues at the California Community Foundation, which has recently incorporated EITC work within its health portfolio. Read more about the Foundation's collaborative approach and the ways in which this work supports CCF's overall mission.

We also recently spoke with one of our earliest partners in this effort —Giridhar Mallya, Senior Policy Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Our conversation is published in the most recent version of our partner organization, Grantmakers in Health's Views from the Field.

Are you thinking about the intersect between health equity and the EITC? We want to hear from you! Please fill out this very short survey.


Ami Nagle
EITC Funders Network
EOF Launches New Law & Social Policy Legacy Award, Seeks Nominations

Our partner, Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) recently launched the Law & Social Policy Legacy Award, which recognizes organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field.

The 2020 call for nominations is now open! Learn more here.
Interview with a Funder
The California Community Foundation made its first grant specifically for EITC outreach and expansion this past year. Learn more about this work, the path that led to it, and how it fits into CCF's grantmaking strategy and mission to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities.
Rosemary Veniegas
Senior Program Officer, Health
Rosie Arroyo
Senior Program Officer, Immigration
Ellah Ronen
Senior Program Officer, LA n Sync
What topic or issue would you be interested to talk with your funder-colleagues about?

Collaboration is at the heart of our work. What opportunities are there for state and local funder coordination and collaboration around this work? How can we leverage our resources in a collaborative funder model? Also, we’d like to learn from others who have been working in the EITC policy space longer than we have - what is a low-hanging fruit to continue to make gains in this area and what are the obstacles/landmines we should expect.

New Research & Resources from the Field
Turning the Tax Code Right-Side Up

The report provides an overview of some of the ways in which the tax code drives economic inequity and helps widen long-standing inequities facing communities of color. It also includes recommendations for federal policies - including the expansion and strengthening of the EITC - that have the power to turn upside down spending right-side up.

Economic Impact Payments and Eligibility Resources
The CARES Act provided some financial relief to Americans impacted by COVID-19 in the form of Economic Impact Payments. However, millions of Americans entitled to EIPs have yet to receive them. Numerous resources have been established to help guide direct service and community organizations in providing information and guidance to those who need it, including:

When Student Loan Borrowers Lose Access to the EITC
The National Consumer Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has released its 2020 update to a 2018 report that compiled the stories of borrowers experiencing hardship in the wake of the federal government's seizure of their EITCs due to student loan defaults.

The report highlights the devastating impacts that can result from these fund confiscations, especially amidst a global pandemic and during a time of record unemployment.

Supporting Immigrant Families: States Leading the Way
States are leading the way in making the EITC more inclusive for immigrant communities, many of whom are barred from accessing the federal EITC.

This summer, Colorado, along with shepherding a state increase from 10 to 15 percent of the federal credit, became the first state to allow all state ITIN filers to claim the EITC. California's EITC, not long before, became available to ITIN filers with young children under six, and the California Senate is now considering legislation to expand eligibility to all of the state's ITIN filers.

As Samantha Waxman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities writes: States should follow the recent lead of California and Colorado and make their state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) more inclusive for people regardless of their immigration status. That would help expand economic opportunity for all their residents and support essential workers — disproportionately immigrants — who are earning low pay during the pandemic.

EITC Pooled Fund Supports State EITC Eligibility Expansions to ITIN Filers

Economic Opportunity Funders and the EITC Funders Network administer and oversee the State EITC Rapid Response, Campaign and Policy Development Fund and the Federal EITC Campaign Fund - together known as the EITC Pooled Fund. Both California and Colorado were awarded funds in 2020 from the Pooled Fund which works to advance tax fairness and economic opportunity for low-income workers and families through the promotion, protection and expansion of the federal and state EITCs.

Upcoming Partner Philanthropy Supporting Organizations' Events
Philanthropy's Role in Fostering Grantee Resilience and Managing Secondary Trauma
Thursday, September 24; 12pm PDT

Perhaps now more than ever, nonprofit organizations working with vulnerable communities are operating under tremendous stress during a period of significant political and cultural volatility. From the nationwide reckoning with racial injustice, to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to extreme rhetoric and policy attacks on immigrants, the staff of the organizations serving traumatized communities are often themselves victims of secondary trauma (commonly referred to as “vicarious trauma” or “compassion fatigue”). Impacting professionals in a range of roles from case manager, to lawyer, to medical provider, and across a variety of populations including immigrants, children, and incarcerated persons, secondary trauma can lead to staff burnout, turnover, and decreased organizational efficacy.

As philanthropy underwrites the core work of these organizations, it is critical that funders understand the implications of secondary trauma on the people behind the work. How can philanthropy support grantee wellness and sustainability? What practices are already being adopted? Join GCIR and leaders from the field for a timely discussion as GCIR releases findings and recommendation for action from the recently-concluded national research project on secondary trauma.
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Wealth and Health Equity: Investing in Structural Change
Monday, September 28; 1pm EDT

The conditions in which we live, work, learn, and play significantly impact our health and economic well-being. In turn, our economic stability is a social determinant of health, and our health influences our financial bottom line. The reality is that much of what makes us healthy and financially secure is rooted in our community conditions, and not individual behaviors, and the conditions across communities are not equitable.

The socioeconomic and racial disparities in infection and fatality rates during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis have dramatically exposed the racialized connection between wealth and health and offers a unique moment for bold ideas to become reality. There is broad-based support for radical change – to reimagine systems, policies, programs, and care that promote health and financial resilience for all. Now is the time for philanthropy to invest in innovative pilots, research, advocacy, and organizing to create living conditions that support the health and economic well-being for all of us, as outlined in the latest installment of our health-wealth series.

Upcoming Field Events
Webinar: What's Tax Got to Do With It?
Wednesday, September 16; 2:00-3:30pm EDT

Tax policy is a powerful tool capable of reducing inequality and raising enough revenue to invest in services that help us all thrive. Join ITEP for an afternoon with Sen. Sherrod Brown and a panel of experts, community organizers and advocates discussing the importance of tax equity in narrowing racial and economic inequities and advancing progressive policies.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sen. Sherrod Brown

PANEL: Moderator: Dorian Warren, Community Change
• Maurice BP-Weeks, Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)
• Ben Chin, Maine's People Alliance
• Amy Hanauer, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Citizens for Tax Justice
• Amisha Patel, Grassroots Collaborative
2020 Virtual Prosperity Summit
September 30th - October 2nd

Check out the fantastic agenda Prosperity Now has put together for its first ever virtual Prosperity Summit! Just like always, the the 2020 Prosperity Summit will include:

  • Plenary sessions headlined by dynamic, inspiring speakers
  • A high-energy call-to-action hour in which you’ll have an opportunity to share your voice directly with policymakers
  • Deep-dive learning labs to explore topics with peers and thought leaders
  • Engaging concurrent sessions covering the topics most important to the current climate and the people you serve
  • Virtual networking opportunities, special events and group activities
  • A virtual exhibit hall with all of your favorite companies and organizations "at" their booth offering real-time engagement and interaction
About the EITC Funders Network
The EITC Funders Network brings together funders interested in the Earned Income Tax Credit, free- and low-cost tax preparation, and asset building. The Network seeks to increase awareness of EITC-related projects, foster collaboration, share information about the current status of EITC-related work, and help shape the future of the field. 

The EITC Funders Network is generously funded by: 
The Piton Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation