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Power of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015
By Steve Taylor

Congress on Friday passed a bill that will boost local economies and change the lives of millions of working Americans, improving family financial stability and positioning children for a lifetime of success. The bipartisan, Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 made permanent some tax credits for businesses and working families. While not perfect, the package saves the current version of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit representing a big win for working families, and supports charitable giving in local communities. Now eligible American workers will have permanent access to the full Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, which will significantly benefit communities and businesses around the country.

The EITC and CTC are among our nation’s most effective pro-work, anti-poverty tools, putting families on a path to success and independence. The EITC is one of the most successful initiatives for moving mothers from welfare to work. It is so successful that every president over the last 40 years has expanded it with bipartisan support. The refundable aspect of the CTC is similarly designed to encourage and reward work.

These refundable working family tax credits allow parents to keep more of what they earn, and the stabilizing effect helps children and families far beyond the timeframe during which families claim the credits. Studies show that the EITC improves child health and academic achievement, increasing the likelihood of college attendance and success in adulthood. Additionally, these tax credits pump money into local economies, helping to support local business owners.

At United Way, we witness firsthand the tremendous impact of the credits through our more than 380 local United Ways around the country that help people connect to the EITC and CTC through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites and MyFreeTaxes.com. In 2015, United Way-supported VITA efforts completed nearly two million returns leading to $2.35 Billion coming back to communities, including more than $681 million in EITC.

But beyond the numbers, United Ways see the faces of the people who are more financially stable because of the EITC and CTC, like the returning veteran’s family of five in Reno, Nevada, or the newly single mother in Jacksonville, Florida. United Way is committed to helping working families keep more of what they earn through accurate free filing, and Congress should be commended for holding up its end of the deal by keeping the credits whole.

Thank you, Congress, for passing such critical bipartisan tax legislation. Now, all two million military and veteran families, and 4.8 million rural families claiming the credits will continue to have full access. And the 16 million Americans in working families -- including eight million children – who were expected to fall into poverty without Congressional action, will now have greater financial stability moving forward.

If key provisions of the EITC and CTC had expired, the impact to working Americans would have be tangible and immense, and private charity would not have been able to fill the gap. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax credit have a history of bipartisan support, of fighting poverty and incentivizing work. The decision to pass the tax package grants millions of Americans the opportunity to thrive in the coming year, and for many years beyond.

Taylor is the senior vice president and counsel for Public Policy for United Way Worldwide. Source: TheHill.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WESTFIELD INSURANCE FOUNDATION’S LEGACY OF CARING FUND BENEFITS UNITED WAY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY
1st Source Insurance Instrumental in Nominating Local Agency

MISHAWAKA, Ind.  12/15/2015  United Way of St. Joseph County received a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of 1st Source Insurance.  The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield independent agents across the country can nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.

“Thanks to the generous donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation, we will be able to increase our efforts toward providing the 2-1-1 Emergency Help Line, a service that connects callers to a community resource specialist who puts them in touch with local organizations. These organizations provide vital services that can improve and even save lives,” said Matt Harrington, President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County.

“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies.  Giving back to our agents’ communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities,” said Westfield Insurance President and CEO and Westfield Insurance Foundation Chairman, Ed Largent.

“1st Source Insurance and its employees are proud members of the Michiana community.  Our collaboration with Westfield allows us to further our citizenship efforts and impact in critically important initiatives,” said Chris Strafford, President of 1st Source Insurance.

United Way of St. Joseph County is one of 30 nonprofit agencies nationwide to receive a total of $330,000 in donations from the Westfield Legacy of Caring program.

Serving our community since 1914, United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is To Mobilize the Community to Collectively Reduce Poverty. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to invest resources, convene, organize and support critical work in St. Joseph County

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $2 million annually to a variety of charities.
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About Westfield Insurance
Westfield Insurance is a part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio, and in business for more than 167 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named as a Top Workplace in northeast Ohio in 2014 and as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www.Westfield-Bank.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – All members of the media are invited to attend a reception where Walmart representatives will present 11 local food pantries with a $25,000 grant on Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at United Way of St. Joseph County, located at 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, Indiana 46615.

All eleven food pantries are members of United Way of St. Joseph County’s People Gotta Eat initiative.  People Gotta Eat is an effort to help those in the community who cannot afford to adequately feed their families. United Way of St. Joseph County collaborates with these local food pantries to keep the pantries stocked and to develop a cohesive plan to effectively address systemic food distribution in our community.

This initiative is one of many safety net services that United Way manages and supports.  “People Gotta Eat provides a cooperative environment for our food pantries to come together and exchange both ideas and resources to help better stabilize our local families,” said Matt Harrington, President and CEO of United Way of St. Joseph County.

In 2014, Walmart delivered a year early on a 2010 commitment to contribute $2 billion to fight hunger. As part of that commitment, United Way of St. Joseph County’s People Gotta Eat initiative is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support and sustain the food pantries’ resources this year. Nationally, Walmart has a goal to provide four billion meals to those in need between 2015 and 2020. This is part of a pledge announced in October 2014 to help feed a growing planet by enhancing the sustainability of the food system. Walmart is working to improve affordability of food for both customers and the environment, increase food access, make healthier eating easier, and improve the safety and transparency of the food chain.

“We are truly grateful for this partnership and couldn’t be prouder to gain Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s support for these local pantries,” says Harrington, “Walmart’s commitment to fighting hunger aligns perfectly with stabilizing families, which is one of our main areas of community impact.”

Serving our community since 1914, United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is To Mobilize the Community to Collectively Reduce Poverty. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to invest resources, convene, organize and support critical work in St. Joseph County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JOB TITLE: Donor Relations Associate
STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Mission Advancement
EMPLOYMENT TERMS:  Full time, permanent

UNITED WAY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, INC.
Posted: October 5, 2015

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.  These guidelines may change to meet the specific business needs of United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC).

SUMMARY & SCOPE:
Develop, retain and significantly grow the level of financial support and commitment to United Way of St. Joseph County’s (UWSJC’s) work. Maintain and continuously develop relationships with key constituents at various levels within assigned company and individual accounts. Identify viable opportunities for additional involvement with UWSJC. Work closely with constituents to plan, organize and implement campaign and other United Way activities to ensure a successful, stronger and sustained United Way commitment. Aggressively identify, recruit and develop new business prospects to ensure continued campaign growth.Successful candidates will demonstrate the following strengths:

  1. Ability to Drive Revenue
  2. Strategic Relationship Building
  3. Effective & Engaging Communicator
  4. Embraces and Manages Change
  5. Entrepreneurial and Innovative

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
[What is described here is representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.]

  • Achieve established organization financial goals for assigned accounts, new donors and new business development.
  • Achieve annual goals for number of donor or prospect calls and visits.
  • Aggressively identify, recruit and develop prospects for new business development on a year-round basis. New business can include new workplace campaigns, new corporate gifts, new sponsorships, and new gifts in kind for UWSJC.
  • Manage and nurture assigned accounts to develop stronger United Way (UW) relationships, commitment and workplace campaign support. Maintain consistent account contact and creatively explore and introduce additional UW opportunities, as appropriate (i.e. volunteerism, sponsorships, etc.).
  • Analyze campaign potential and results for assigned accounts in order to develop market segments that will determine each account's relationship and financial goals. Leverage segmentation data to provide strategic, targeted account management and excellent customer service. This may involve long-term strategic plans with aggressive goals.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors and prospects at the leadership level.
  • Assist in growing membership and financial support in UWSJC's donor segment groups.
  • Effectively convey UWSJC's value proposition, mission and priorities effectively to the general public, businesses and community leaders.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment and training according to campaign timetables.
  • Maintain current and accurate information in UWSJC’s database and CRM tools on all prospects and assigned accounts.
  • Develop and execute an annual individual work plan with measurable goals that reflect division and UWSJC objectives.
  • Actively engage in business networking opportunities.
  • Promote established organizational values among internal and external UW constituents.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Promote a cooperative spirit among coworkers and other partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of account management, fundraising, sales, or related field. Proficiency in account management, customer service, community relations, sales and marketing, project management, and volunteer management.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Organizational and interpersonal skills are critical to this position. Effective time management is essential along with the ability to multi-task. A demonstrated keen sense of relationship building is needed. Must be computer proficient and be detail oriented. Experienced knowledge of the St. Joseph County, Indiana area with strong network of relationships is helpful. An understanding of and the need for commitment to community improvement is a must.

CORE COMPETENCIES:
Interpersonal Communications, Integrity/Accountability, Customer Service, Strategic Thinking, Diversity/Inclusion, Relationship Building

PERFORMANCE COMPETENCIES:
Effective communication and public speaking skills, Project and Workload Management, Job Knowledge

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as forecasting potential for assigned accounts and new opportunities based on percentage of participation, industry average donor gift and other factors as relevant.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of mathematical information, as well as, circumstantial conditions and interpersonal information in order to successfully respond to donors, clients and any internal or external stakeholders.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The candidate should be able to show the ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment with a high adaptability to change. Ability to work around loud noises. Ability to help deliver materials to companies/agencies. Ability to attend United Way events during evenings and weekends. Ability to clean and maintain a clean desk and common work areas.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Must have the ability to handle stress. Ability to lift and carry 5-20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include appropriate vision needed to drive as required for a valid driver’s license.  Ability to move files to filing cabinet.  Ability to stand and/or sit and file.  Must have reliable transportation.

Please submit cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Attn:  Human Resources
United Way of St. Joseph County
3517 E. Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46615

United Way of St. Joseph County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here for PDF version of job description.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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