Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Campaign!

Since its enactment in 1975, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has provided low-income Americans with a financial boost and continues to lift millions of people out of poverty every year.  This reward for work can make all the difference for low-income working families trying to get ahead. Indeed, the EITC also offers a boost […]

Roll Your Change Week

Roll Your Change Week (RYCW) is an event designed to encourage individuals and families to start saving. Community members gather the coins they have saved and found in their homes and carry them to a central event location-where volunteers roll the coins for them. People are encouraged to deposit their rolled coins into existing accounts […]

Rural IDAs

Earning It isn’t enough to lift families out of poverty—they have to Keep It and Grow It too. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are one of the most successful and tested ways to help families Keep It and Grow It. But there are special challenges and opportunities when you start and run an IDA program in a rural place. The basics […]

StimuRuFES… RuFES: Meet the Federal Stimulus Package!

What does the 2009 economic stimulus package (AKA: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) got to do with—and for—RuFES? What are the top two or three opportunities in the stimulus package that might help RuFES action teams Earn It? And Keep It? And Grow It? How can your community access and influence stimulus funds? What […]

The Nasty Nine: Helping Rural Families Avoid Predatory Lending Practices

Do the rural families you encounter turn to predatory lenders and products when they need money—and end up in worse financial straits? Here are some resources you can use to guide them to better lending products that can help them stay afloat and get ahead in this economy: A recording of the RuFES webinar on the Nasty […]

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