EITC Funders Network eNewsletter
Issue 47 | June 2020
A Note from the Coordinator
Dear EITC Funders Network,
As the global pandemic lays bare the racial disparities that are woven into the fabric of our country, we join the many organizations, community leaders, and philanthropic partners in grieving and calling for justice in the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks - and too many other Black Americans.

But grieving and voicing support are not enough. It is long past time to dismantle our country's deep, systemic inequities - including those embedded in budget systems and tax codes. Tax policy is not and has never been race neutral, and has contributed to an unjust economic system that disadvantages Black families. A few years ago, we put together a series of video interviews on the intersections between equity and the tax code. Here are just a few resources that we are continuing to find helpful in thinking through these intersections.

Please continue to reach out with your thoughts and questions.


Ami Nagle
EITC Funders Network
We Stand in Solidarity

The EITC Funders Network’s mission includes advancing equitable economic opportunity. As a nation we cannot achieve economic equity and opportunity without racial equity and justice. We stand united with those calling for the systemic reforms necessary to end structural racism, and deepen our commitment to showing up, speaking out, and doing the work.

Interview with a Funder

VITA, Economic Impact Payments, and the Future of Tax Prep: A conversation with United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide (UWW) supports, funds, and helps to grow VITA networks across the country. We recently spoke with Laura Scherler, Senior Director of Economic Mobility and Corporate Solutions; Barbara Saverino , Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, and Bryndan Stueve , Manager, Community Impact and Economic Mobility about United Way Worldwide’s program and policy strategies in light of COVID-19, the new Economic Impact Payment Access outreach campaign, and looking ahead to next year’s tax season.
New Research & Resources from the Field
State EITCs are Part of an Equitable Policy Response to COVID-19
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities encourages states to enact and strengthen state-level Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) to create an anti-racist policy response to the COVID-19 crisis. The report - 3 Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 – and a Stronger Recovery, lays out principles to guide state policy makers:

  • Target aid to those most in need due to the COVID-19 and consequent economic crises.
  • Advance anti-racist and equitable policies — both short- and long-term — to dismantle persistent racial, gender, and economic inequities and other barriers that non-dominant groups and identities experience.
  • Protect state finances to preserve the foundations of long-term economic growth and opportunity.

As part of a slate of policies that work toward dismantling persistent inequities, the report describes ways states can adopt and expand state EITCs, including expansion of the state tax credits to workers without social security numbers.

A New Public Health Action Guide on EITC and Health
The CDC Foundation recently published its  Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Public Health Action Guide  for public health care professionals. This guide includes information on EITCs, ways EITCs keep more families and children above the poverty line, and tax credits' links with positive health outcomes, especially among mothers and children.

The goal for this guide is to educate public health practitioners on the benefits of EITCs and provide them with the data to inform families, partners, advocates and legislators. In today’s economic climate, now more than ever, the EITC is an effective policy that could have a positive impact on low-to-moderate-working families and their children.

Access the guide: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Public Health Action Guide (CDC Foundation, May 2020)
Research on EITC and other Safety Nets for Young Adult Parents
New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy published a paper finding that the EITC is especially successful in poverty reduction among young adult parents. This research was done prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the authors note that the utility of safety net programs linked to work - like the EITC - are likely impacted as lost earnings affect credit values. The authors suggest potential strategies to protecting the value of tax credits.

Access the brief and watch a webinar with author Jessica Carson: The Poverty-Reducing Effects of the EITC and Other Safety Nets for Young Adult Parents (Carsey School of Public Policy, March 31, 2020)
Resources for Tax Filers and the Community Tax Preparation Field
The COVID-19 crisis continues to alter the VITA landscape and tax preparation in this extended tax season, and likely beyond. As the VITA community retools to meet this moment for its existing clients, reaching non-filers eligible for stimulus checks has become an additional challenge and opportunity. Resources include:

Prosperity Now: Alternative Tax Prep Options -- A living resource page to help the community tax preparation field navigate the virtual space.

IRS: Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments - Resources in English and Spanish offering information for individuals, families, businesses, and tax-exempt entities, including a link to check EIP payment status.

United Way: How to Access Your Stimulus Check - Provides information for non-filers to receive EIP's and offers a help-line through 211 for those who require additional assistance.
by Annie Harper, PhD, Program for Recovery and Community Health, Yale School of Medicine

With the goal of inspiring increased philanthropic attention, exploration, and replication, this new AFN spotlight elevates responsive philanthropic strategies that support both health and wealth and builds on the ideas presented in AFN’s 2017 brief, The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course. The report focuses on the in utero-toddler stage of the life cycle (0-3 years) and discusses supports - including the EITC - that can bring higher, more stable, and more secure incomes to provide a foundation to build wealth and a healthier environment in which to raise children.

Upcoming Partner Events
Stabilizing Children's Lives During Crisis Webinar Series

What Funders Can Do to Stabilize Children's Lives Now
Wednesday, June 17 (today!) * 2:00-3:00 pm eastern

During this follow-up funder discussion, we'll talk about funding strategies that build stability for children. Featuring:
  • Jennifer Ng'adnu, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jennifer Stavrakos, William Penn Foundation

We know that stability is critical for children's healthy development and well-being, but how can we, as funders, build supports for children during this health and economic crisis during which everyone's lives are upturned? A new tool from the Urban Institute visualizes the web of supports that buttress stability in children's lives - from meeting basic needs to shoring up positive relationships to building support for family-friendly policies. Join us as we learn more about how this crisis has affected children and discuss different funder strategies for building stability during a time of uncertainty.

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From the Margins to Center: Responding to COVID-19 with an Equity and Gender Lens
June 30, 2020 I 1:00 - 1:40pm EDT

Join AFN for its spring Expert Insights briefing on what it takes to center women of color in the relief, recovery, and rebuilding plans for the current health and economic crisis and beyond.

Hear highlights from Dominique Derbigny, deputy director of Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap (CWWG) and author of the new report, On the Margins: Economic Security for Women of Color through the Coronavirus Crisis and Beyond.

Join AFN to learn why women of color are suffering severely from the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, opportunities to advance gender economic equity in near-term recovery efforts, and possible strategies to prevent wealth extraction and foster long-term economic security for women of color.

How have longstanding inequities put women of color in a precarious position during the COV-19 public health and economic crisis? Given the unacceptably disparate impacts on women of color, what can be done in the near-term and long-term to safeguard their economic well-being?

This high-level briefing will address these questions and provide:

  • An overview of the root causes of financial security for women of color.
  • An analysis of recent COVID-19 relief packages and their implications for women of color.
  • A list of opportunities for long-term policy reform that could bolster financial insecurity for women of color through this crisis and beyond.

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