Philanthropy’s Role in Supporting Outreach & Advocacy for the Child Tax Credit

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The American Rescue Plan of 2021 offers a historic opportunity to boost the economic well-being of families and children, including critical temporary expansions to the child tax credit (CTC) and earned income tax credit (EITC) which will help families hit hardest by the pandemic.  On September 2nd, ECFC hosted a funder discussion with Shelley Waters Boots, SWB Strategic Solutions, Simone Brody, Senior Advisor to The White House ARP Implementation Team, and Jonathan Hui, Program Officer – Detroit, The Kresge Foundation to discuss White House efforts to promote the CTC, national funder collaborations to promote and advocate for extending the CTC, and how local funders can support CTC outreach in their communities.

Our discussion touched on: the return on investment for philanthropy engaged in promoting CTC enrollment initiatives in their communities; the need for trusted messengers to help families navigate the enrollment process; and the struggle to reach families that did not file taxes and are not in the IRS system, and examples of national funders coming together to support a faith-based effort with places of worship, and to support local foundations working to enroll families.

Visit the September 2nd event archive for highlights, messaging and outreach tools for advocates and community navigators, and more on the impact of CTC and other tax credits on child and family well-being.

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