2019 Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit: Bridging Taxes & Benefits. Lifting #LAFamiliesForward.”

Lifting #LAFamiliesForward

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) convened more than 40 county and city nonprofit organizations, foundations, municipal agencies and for-profit allies to examine how together, the coalition can expand the utilization of public benefits and tax credits among low-income households at its 2nd Annual Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit: Bridging Public Benefits & Tax Credits. The Summit is an opportunity to foster greater collaboration between for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations in order to maximize outreach and participation in programs such as food and cash assistance, health coverage, early education and more.

This year’s Summit focused to build momentum around the education and outreach campaigns aimed at improving the utilization of public benefits for Los Angeles County residents and workers across California, which Golden State Opportunity operates with the help of a broad coalition of public agencies, nonprofits, labor groups, faith-based organizations and elected officials. The Summit served as an opportunity to gather feedback, share tactics, and expand partnerships in order to elevate efforts in these areas. 

“The goal of this year’s Summit was to continue to broaden our advocacy for bringing financial security to more families by expanding our coalition of like-minded civic and government thought leaders, local and statewide community-based organizations, and for-profit allies to help increase the impact and reach of existing public benefits,”

— Laura Barrera, Los Angeles Director for Golden State Opportunity.

The Summit spotlighted success stories of clients who benefitted from free tax preparation and tax credits from CalEITC4Me. GSO’s CalEITC4Me campaign is a leader in spreading awareness of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which puts more money directly in the pockets of low-income working families throughout California.

Eight out of every ten CalEITC dollars go to parents, according to the Franchise Tax Board. Combined with the federal EITC and federal Child Tax Credit, these valuable tax refunds can increase a parent’s annual income by anywhere from 70% to more than 90%, according to a California Budget & Policy Center analysis. Over the last 4 years, CalEITC4Me helped 4 million low-income families claim $4 billion through the state and federal EITCs. 

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Event presentations

Teri Olle, California Campaign Director, Economic Security Project (Download presentation)

Antonia Jiménez, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) (Download presentation)

Isaias Hernandez, Community Development Director, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). (Download presentation)

Elba Serrano Schildcrout, Director, Community Wealth, East LA Community Corporation (ELACC). (Download presentation)

Veronika Geronimo, Founder & Executive Director, Revolution English (Download presentation)

Rose Veniegas, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer for Health, California Community Foundation (CCF) (Download presentation)

Raúl Bustillos, Senior Vice President, Community Relations, Bank of America (Download presentation)

Trevor Rodgers, Senior Advisor and Sofia Zavala, Los Angeles County Coordinator, Golden State Opportunity (GSO) (Download presentation)

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Golden State Opportunity would like to thank all Los Angeles-area funders including
for support of its mission to ensure financial security for all.
"The promise of America is that hard work should be honored with financial security. We founded Golden State Opportunity to ensure that promise holds true for everyone. We won’t be satisfied by anything less than a future where everyone lives with financial security."