2021 Virtual Budget and Tax Briefing
Due to the COVID pandemic, we shifted the 2021 Budget Briefing to a no contact, high engagement virtual series of events that included four funder learning webinars on Thursdays in April.
Federal Policy, Budget and Revenue Outlook
April 8, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET
See recap, recording, and related resources here
Government services, structures and systems are an essential foundation for a healthy economy where opportunity and prosperity are broadly and equitably shared. The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism have exposed and deepened our current economy’s structural weaknesses and inequalities and spurred a new moment of national reckoning on racial justice. Join us to learn more about key provisions in the federal budget and recovery package, upcoming budget debates, and strategies to advance worker justice, social protections and an economy that works for all.
Cosponsors: Asset Funders Network, Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Workforce Matters.
State Policy, Budget and Revenue Outlook
April 15, 2021 | 12:00 – 2:00PM ET
See recap, recording, and related resources here
The COVID-19 pandemic and recession triggered a state budget crisis and exposed and deepened our current economy’s structural weaknesses and inequalities. The American Rescue Plan’s $350 billion in aid to state and localities and stronger than anticipated revenue projections suggest the worst may be over, leaving some state policymakers proposing harmful tax cuts and austerity policies that will slow down the recovery and cause further harm to families and communities, with disproportionate impacts on immigrants, tribal nations, communities of color, and women. Now is the time to advance bold progressive revenue policies where everyone pays their fair share and communities can thrive. Join us to learn more about how states are responding and what’s at stake and in play in 2021.
This two-part program will share an overview of key policy and narrative battles and opportunities in the states and offer lessons learned and insights from proactive and defensive revenue campaigns in New Jersey, Washington and West Virginia.
- Karina Jiménez Lewis, Associate Director, Policy Reform & Advocacy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Moderator)
- Michael Leachman, Vice President, State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Mariya Taher, Senior Project Manager, Topos Partnership
- Brandon McKoy, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective
- Kelly Allen, Executive Director, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
- Misha Werschkul, Executive Director, Washington State Budget & Policy Center
Cosponsors: Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, Workforce Matters.
Making the Case for Cash
April 22, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET
See recap, recording and related resources here
As millions of Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet, there has been increased national attention to and growing public support for cash transfers as an effective way to get money into the pockets of people hit hardest by the pandemic and economic crisis. Government and philanthropy are experimenting with a variety of approaches– universal basic income pilots, emergency stimulus, and tax credits — to explore how to ensure that families who need it the most have access to flexible resources. Join us to learn more about how government, philanthropy, and advocacy organizations are making the case for cash.
Cosponsors: Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, EITC Funders Network
Meet our 2021 Law & Social Policy Legacy Award Winner — Centro de los Derechos del Migrante,Inc
April 29, 2021 | 1:00-1:30 PM ET
See recap and related resources here.
The Law & Social Policy Legacy Award was established in 2020 to recognize organizations defending and advocating for low-wage workers’ rights. A $10,000 award will be given by EOF with support from Public Welfare Foundation annually until 2030 as a part of their legacy investment into the Workers’ Rights field. Awardees will be recognized at EOF’s Annual Budget and Tax Briefing.
Meet EOF’s Law & Social Policy Legacy Award inaugural winner, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM) and learn more about their work to advance justice with migrant workers.
- Stephanie Davison, Program Officer, Human Services, The Kresge Foundation and EOF Steering Committee member (Moderator)
- Rachel Micah-Jones, Founder and Executive Director, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Many thanks to our planning committee for their time and leadership in shaping this event!
- Ethan Frey, Ford Foundation
- Kit Judge, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and EOF Steering Committee
- Nisha Patel, Powered by Shakti
- Padmini Parthasarathy, Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Many thanks to our virtual watch party hosts!
Since 2014, local watch parties have been organized to expand our reach by live streaming our federal budget and tax outlook session. Typically, watch parties are organized as two-hour programs, where participants come together to view the federal budget and tax outlook presentation (live or as a recording on a later date) and then engage in a discussion with local experts on how the current federal landscape impacts critical programs and services in their state and communities. We were thrilled to expand the reach of our 2021 program through eight virtual watch parties. Thank you to our Watch Party Hosts who made this possible!