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					                                    IRS-SPEC Partner Coalition FY-10
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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 #:       vvalenitne@nehemiahgateway.org

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)
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                                                  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.

				
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