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State EITC Initiative

Hatcher Group

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $165,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2006–September 30, 2008
  • Location Bethesda, MD, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit helped 4.8 million people, including 2.6 million children, out of poverty in 2001 – more than any other government program. The success of the plan has led a number of states to enact state Earned Income Tax Credits that supplement the federal credit; in total, 19 states now offer credits that piggyback on the federal credit.This grant will enable the Hatcher Group to provide strategic communications, technical assistance and networking opportunities to nonprofit organizations working in coalitions to establish or expand Earned Income Tax Credit policies at the state level. Specifically, Mott funds will be used to help advocates raise awareness among policymakers, journalists and other stakeholders about Earned Income Tax Credits and their role in alleviating poverty, and to provide easy access to information and materials about effective advocacy through an online information resource center.Since 2002, when this project began, the Hatcher Group has helped organizations in more than 20 states strengthen their strategic communications capacity. The Hatcher Group is a Bethesda, Maryland-based, public affairs firm that works exclusively for foundations and nonprofit organizations on workforce development, welfare and urban social policy issues.