Contact: Sean Luechtefeld,
Apr 18, 2016
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Joins with CFED to Strengthen 800 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites Nationwide
New Partnership to Ensure All Eligible Taxpayers Receive Their Earned Income Tax Credit
Washington, D.C. — The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $750,000, three-year initiative to support over 800 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs nationwide, including an effort to uncover key barriers that prevent low- and moderate-income taxpayers from receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits recently made permanent. VITA sites help struggling families and individuals across the country secure important tax benefits such as the EITC, reduce debt and meet their civic obligations as taxpayers, setting them on the path to financial security and opportunity.
In 2014, CFED launched the Taxpayer Opportunity Network to support VITA sites across the country. Today marks the end of the Network’s second tax season. During its first two tax seasons, the Network has provided critical training, quality assurance and advocacy resources to hundreds of VITA programs across the country. For example, Network staff coached VITA programs through changes that resulted from the adoption of the Affordable Care Act. The Network’s stakeholder education efforts also helped inform a 25% increase ($3 million) in funding for VITA in 2016, the first increase in funding since 2008. This victory will ensure that hundreds of thousands of additional American families will now have the opportunity to receive expert, free tax assistance, connecting them with an opportunity to increase savings and move one step closer to economic stability.
“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Taxpayer Opportunity Network,” said CFED President Andrea Levere. “Thanks to supporters like the Foundation, CFED can provide resources and be a voice for the community tax preparation field for years to come.”
“We believe that when children are raised in financially secure homes, they have more opportunities to succeed in life. Accessing resources like VITA and EITC is vital to building economic stability for families and local communities,” Loren Harris, director of Family Economic Security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, added. “We’re looking forward to working with CFED to enhance the impact of these programs and ensure that they reach working families who need them most.”
For more information or to join CFED's Taxpayer Opportunity Network, click here.
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CFED's work makes it possible for millions of people to achieve financial security and contribute to an opportunity economy. We scale innovative practical solutions that empower low- and moderate-income people to build wealth. We drive responsive policy change at all levels of government. We support the efforts of community leaders across the country to advance economic opportunity for all. Established in 1979 as the Corporation for Enterprise Development, CFED works nationally and internationally through its offices in Washington, DC; Durham, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works through the U.S. and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org