RuFES Refresher Webinars

As part of the RuFES Action Network, we organize a RuFES ReFresher Action Network webinar series. These webinars focus on topics related to Earn It, Keep It and Grow It goals and incorporate best practices drawn from the RuFES Action Network. You will find recordings and related materials of all the past webinars in this series below.

The Business Case for Helping Rural Families Get Ahead

PBS Special on Working Bridges

Doing business in smaller communities requires finding good employees from a smaller pool of workers. Retaining those good employees can be the difference between profits and loss, or between staying put and relocating.  So why, many rural employers wonder, do their businesses experience such high turnover in the ranks of their low-to-moderate wage workforce? Isn’t […]

Combining Tax Prep and Affordable Health Insurance

A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) launch in October brought big changes to the coming tax-filing season.  This year only, health insurance enrollment under ACA will overlap with tax season.  While penalties will apply in future tax seasons, this year, families can enroll in health insurance and get the coverage […]

Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Program

Ready Set Tax Prep Webinar Screenshot

Ready… Set… Tax Prep! Note: This webinar was presented in fall 2012.  Some data and figures are out of date, but the stories and outreach strategies remain relevant. For information on maximum credits and EITC qualification rules, see the IRS website.  You can also watch our 2013 webinar, A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time. It’s […]

Ready… Set… Tax Prep! Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Program

The EITC, in place since 1975, continues to play an important role in providing critical financial resources to hard-working low-income families across the U.S. In 2013, working families filing for the EITC (for the 2012 tax year) will be able to receive up to $5,891, a significant boost for families who are trying not only […]

Broaden Your Rural EITC Scope — RuFES Webinar Mini-Series

The EITC continues to serve as a critical support for low-and moderate-income families trying to get ahead, by providing them with a much needed a financial infusion. This support assists families in a number of ways, including to help pay off critical bills, get an IDA, purchase U.S. Savings Bonds, and much more. The following […]

Fortify Your Financial Toolbox with

For many members in the RuFES Action Network, the ability to access appropriate and useful financial tools can help them do what they do better and at a greater scale. Effective financial training, tools and resources assist organizations in achieving Keep It and Grow It goals in their communities. is a relatively new resource for […]

Car Repair and Car Donation Programs as an Earn It Strategy

Access to reliable transportation is an essential part of holding a good job or getting to a job-training program. Yet for some low- and moderate-income families, this basic Earn It component can be a challenge. The ideal option for any rural working family is to own a new or late-model car. These vehicles are the […]

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 […]

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