You Earned It, Now Keep It: Closing the EITC and CTC Collection Gaps

A story from Barry Community Foundation (MI). When no one else in their region could do it, this foundation took on setting up and running a program to help local low-income workers file for and receive their Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits – and then successfully spun the program off once the […]

One Napa Valley: Increasing the Citizenship Dividend

A story from the Napa Valley Community Foundation (CA). In this region of extreme income disparity, the community foundation organized the One Napa Valley Initiative, which is helping scores of Legal Permanent Resident immigrants who already have green cards to become citizens – a transition that correlates with higher family income, higher educational attainment for their […]

Savings Matters: An Account (and More) for Every Child!

A story from the Barry Community Foundation (MI). This small-but-bold community foundation has established a Children’s Savings Account for every kindergarten child in the county, has built an endowment to do the same for every child in the future, and is organizing financial education and savings incentives around it that will help children, their families and […]

Working Bridges: Businesses Collaborating to Help Workers (and Firms!) Get Ahead

A story from United Way of Chittenden County (VT). This Vermont United Way sparked a local small business collaborative that is providing shared services and staff who “circuit-ride” to help low-income employees stabilize during financial and family emergencies, and then begin to build assets – even as it significantly reduces turnover and costs for the participating firms. Presented by Lisa Falcone, […]

From Analysis to Priorities to Results: A Regional FES Action Partnership

A story from West Central Initiative. Ten years ago, West Central Initiative (MN) used the FES framework to assemble a network of key social service, economic development, business and civic organizations across its region to examine what was hindering poor families from getting ahead, set action priorities together, and then craft program responses that are building family […]

Front and Center on Working Families: Catalyzing a Statewide FES Action Partnership

A story from the Arizona Community Foundation. The Arizona Community Foundation’s 2009 statewide convening of potential business, government and nonprofit partners around the FES framework has led to a wider deployment of programs that help Arizona’s low-income working families get ahead – including Individual Development Account matched-savings programs, free tax-filing assistance for the Earned Income Tax […]

Invest for Impact? Lend to Local Nonprofits

Most place-rooted foundations use only their grantmaking to help local nonprofit programs and organizations do their critical work in the community. Not the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). Recognizing that short-term grants may not be the best tool to help bring about change on a long-term issue, MCF is now also providing loans and using its […]