AT&T Provides $50,000 Contribution to Support National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour
Contribution Will Help NDI Bring Tax Consultation and Tax-Credit Refunds to People With Disabilities in Cities Across the U.S.
Washington, District of Columbia, October 24, 2007
The AT&T Foundation — the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) — today announced a relationship with National Disability Institute (NDI) and provided a $50,000 contribution for its 2008 Real Economic Impact Tour (REI Tour). The REI Tour brings additional resources, including tax consultation services, to people with disabilities in 13 cities across the country.
The contribution will help NDI enhance its Web site and the support tools that are provided to the cities in the REI Tour. Additionally, the contribution will support training and education for local partners, community leaders and volunteers through a series of audio conference sessions and on-site technical assistance.
"Research indicates that there is a compelling need to increase outreach to the community of people with disabilities," said Michael Morris, director of the National Disability Institute. "In our tours throughout the past four years, we have found that many eligible families are not accessing public benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), to which they may be entitled. This AT&T contribution will enable the REI Tour to help thousands more taxpayers access these benefits."
In 2007, the REI Tour helped more than 36,000 people with disabilities and their communities receive more than $32 million in EITC. In addition to free tax preparation, people with disabilities are provided asset-building opportunities.
"From both an individual and community standpoint, few economic development programs can match the impact of the REI Tour," said Laura Sanford, AT&T assistant vice president, Corporate Contributions. "With this program, NDI is helping to ensure that thousands of U.S. taxpayers with disabilities become familiar with and have access to the benefits afforded them in the federal U.S. tax code."
The NDI's goal is to strengthen the economic position of people with disabilities. Through training and technical-assistance activities, the organization supports public-private sector partnerships at the national, state and local levels to advance a better economic future for individuals with disabilities and their families.
The cities in the REI Tour that will receive support from this grant are: Las Vegas; San Francisco/Oakland; Chicago; Wichita, Kan.; Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; San Diego; Milwaukee; Columbus, Ohio; and Hartford, Conn.
This contribution to NDI builds on the AT&T Foundation's support to the Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet), which provides new technology resources for people with all types of disabilities, including learning disabilities.
AT&T and the AT&T Foundation are committed to serving people with disabilities. During the past 10 years, the AT&T Foundation has contributed more than $10.3 million in grants to disability-related organizations across the country.
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