Philadelphia’s Campaign For Working Families

On April 25, 2003, with the tax filing season behind them, the staff of the Philadelphia Campaign for Working Families threw a celebratory party for nearly 200 volunteers and sponsors that had been a part of its first-year success.

“More than ten million dollars went to hard working families—we did all that and more,” exclaimed Jean Hunt, the executive director. Philadelphia was one of 23 cities nationwide to sponsor a campaign to alert families to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the availability of free tax preparation services. A newcomer to the EITC effort, Philadelphia had set ambitious goals, and exceeded them.