IRS-SPEC Partner Coalition FY-11 Please Check One: Existing [ X ] Emerging [ ] TERRITORY NAME: Newark FORMAL NAME OF COALITION: Delaware EITC Campaign Coalition Website: www.nehemiahgateway.org Key Coalition City/State: Wilmington, Delaware Coalition Chair's Name and Organization: Victor Valentine Coalition Chair's e-mail address/Phone #: firstname.lastname@example.org (302) 655-0803 Date Coalition Started and Geographical Area Covered: 2002 - Delaware statewide Strategies - briefly define each strategy, if applicable Outreach Strategy: Provide information about EITC to those eligible to receive it, including those having limited English h proficiency. Also provide information on the Child Tax Credit and other benefits for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. Tax Preparation Strategy: Provide free tax preparation to the low- to moderate-income community at strategically located h sites in areas with a high density of people who are within the targeted demographic sectors. Asset-Building Strategy: To provide individuals with the tools necessary to adequately manage their finances and savings. These tools include credit reports with scores, establishing bank accounts, bond purchases, financial counseling, and others. h Partners: (List Core Planning Group, then Sub-Committee Members, then others if applicable) Add or delete rows by right-clicking on line number below where row is needed, then Insert or Delete.. Core Planning Group AICPA Citibank Governor of Delaware Nehemiah Gateway Community Development Corporation Shiloh Baptist Church United Way of Delaware Wilmington Mayor's Office Other Coalition Members Boys and Girls Clubs Delaware Department of Health & Human Services First State Community Action Goodwill - DE State of Delaware Chamber of Commerce University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical College. Significant Coalition Activities: (List major items only, using bulleted style) Providing free credit reports with scores and offering a full credit counseling program through additional partnerships. Developed an accredited accounting course with university coalition members whereby interested students can receive three college accounting credits by completing the tax law training, passing the IRS certification test, and volunteering an agreed- upon number of hours at VITA sites. Partnered with United Way of Delaware and other Delaware non-profit agencies to establish a coalition to promote the Disability Initiative in Delaware Coalition offered a free debit card for interested clients to use. They partnered with Artisan's Bank to provide a debit card for the coalition to offer clients who wanted quick access to refunds, but were not interested in a formal direct deposit to a bank account. There was no fee to receive the card and the up to $2,000 in federal income tax refund was available within 10 days (similar to the formal direct deposit refund timeframe). Planned Future Activities: ( Summarize major plans, using bulleted style) Continue to develop Super Sites throughout Delaware to concentrate the asset-building/tax return preparation activities. Continue working with Delaware Department of Labor, United Way and other nonprofit organizations to reach the disabled individuals and families with disabled persons to disseminate asset-building and tax information.
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