IRS-SPEC Partner Coalition FY-10 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: Vincent Valentine -Nehemiah Gateway CDC Coalition Chair's e-mail address/Phone #: email@example.com Date Coalition Started and Geographical Area Covered: 2002 - Statewide Delaware Strategies - briefly define each strategy, if applicable Outreach Strategy: To provide information about the EIC to those who are eligible to receive it, including h outreach to those having limited English proficiency. Tax Preparation Strategy: Provide free tax return preparation to the low-income community. Sites are strategically placed in high EITC areas, including mobile vans equipped with computers. Several sites are h established in areas with a large Spanish speaking population. Asset-Building Strategy: Provide individuals with the tools necessary to adequately manage their finances and savings. Partner provides free credit report with scores, ability to open savings accounts and high interest h yielding CDs, and financial counsel 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 Governor State of Delaware JP Morgan and Bank of America Nehemiah Community Development CDC Shiloh Baptist Church Wilmington Mayor's Office Other Coalition Members Boys and Girls Clubs Delaware Dept of Health & Human Services State Service Centers First State Community Action Agency Goodwill-DE State of Delaware Chamber of Commerce University of Delaware, Delaware State Univ., and Delaware Technical Community College Significant Coalition Activities: (List major items only, using bulleted style) In FY 2010 the coalition open 267 debit cards, issued 67 US Saving Bonds through D2D and open 70 certificates of deopsit or savings accounts. Providing free credit reports with scores and offering a full credit counseling program through additional partnerships. accredited Accounting course with university coalition members whereby interested students can Developing an receive 3 college accounting credits by completing the tax law training, passing the IRS certification test, and performing an agreed-upon number of hours volunteering in the 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 Advanta Financial who developed a special reloadable 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 Activities: Planned Future timeframe). ( Summarize major plans, using bulleted style) To develop Super Sites throughout Delaware to concentrate the assets-building/tax return preparation activities. It will allow the program to run more efficiently and serve more taxpayers simultaneously. Continue working with Delaware Department of Labor, United Way, and other non-profit organizations to reach the disabled individuals and families with disabled persons to disseminate asset-building and tax information.