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Launching Arkansas Asset Builders

Organized by: Joyia Yorgey

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THE STORY:

In Faulkner County, Arkansas, nearly 50% of households earn less than $50,000 per year. Many households across the income spectrum live paycheck to paycheck with little to no savings, so an unexpected expense can turn into a financial emergency. The Center for American Progress estimates that 11.2% of Arkansans turn to high-risk, high-cost forms of credit to make ends meet, deepening household debt and increasing financial challenges in their future.

Arkansas Asset Builders seeks to empower hard-working Arkansans with limited income through free income tax preparation services and financial literacy programs to flourish economically as individuals, families, and communities. In a county where a majority of households potentially qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), there are currently no organizations providing volunteer income tax assistance. Arkansas Asset Builders aims to fill this void, starting in the 2017 tax season. Each EITC return we can file brings an average of $2,469 back to a household in Faulkner County. This money can be transformative for a household, especially when used to pay off debt or saved for the future. Arkansas Asset Builder volunteers will begin conversations at tax time, followed up by workshops, classes, or one-on-one financial coaching, that empower our neighbors to make wise and informed choices about the use of their money.

Without your support, Arkansas Asset Builders will not be able to start this important work in January 2017. There are many expenses related to getting a non-profit off the ground and much work to be done to recruit the volunteers who will ultimately provide the tax preparation services. We need to raise $5,000 by the end of 2016 and ultimately another $10,000 by the end of tax season to fund this year's budget. Here are the specific expenses we face through the end of 2016:

  • $500 for printing of volunteer recruitment/training/client outreach materials
  • $650 for graphic/web design services
  • $850 filing fee for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
  • $3000 for staff salary in order to get all this stuff done

Arkansas Asset Builders is a registered domestic non-profit corporation with the State of Arkansas, but have not yet been certified as tax-exempt by the IRS. While our 501(c)(3) application is pending, all contributions can be treated as tax deductible. We will provide official tax receipts for all contributions once our application has been approved, hopefully by the end of 2016.

$5,385

 

60% Raised of $9,000 Goal

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  • Rick & Debbie Yorgey

    $50

  • Denny and Judy Chadwick

    $100

  • Teresa Hinze and Community Tax Aid DC!

    $100

  • Kelly Booy

     

  • Lucy Dagneau

     

  • Elissa Yorgey

     

  • Anonymous

    $110

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Joe Riener

    $50

  • Dave & Sue Maynard

    $25

  • Cynthia Rice and Kyle Chadwick

     

  • Mike and Zanna

    $50

  • Sarah Jo Wright

     

  • Chrissy Parris

     

  • Stanley Webber

    $25

  • Rick & Debbie Yorgey

    $100

  • Uncle Pete

    $100

  • Jonathan L

    $35

  • Faith Goldstein

    $33

  • Rob Jefferson

    $33

  • Brian Yorgey

    $35

  • Matthew Aronson

    $33

  • Jim and Gail

     

  • Anonymous

    $33

  • EmilyGrace Jones

    $36.49

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • fran vandermeer

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $33

  • Ryan Yates

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Gabriel & Karen Ferrer

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Melanie (Trades of Hope)

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Laurie and Jeff

    $25

  • The McBurneys

    $100

  • Christ Our Shepherd Church

    $1,000

  • Matthew & Ange Bintliff

    $50

  • Kara Smith

    $100

  • Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

    $121

  • Andrea Duina

    $25

  • The Seme family

    $50

  • Douglass and Andrea Stevens

     

  • Leigh Lassiter-Counts

    $50

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Organized by

Joyia Yorgey

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $5,385 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Joyia Yorgey

Amount Raised

$4,679

 

52% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelly Booy

Amount Raised

$546

Fundraiser Title

Brent Yorgey

Amount Raised

$160

 

16% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Leigh Lassiter-Counts

Leigh Lassiter-Counts

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Douglass and Andrea Stevens

Douglass and Andrea Stevens

1 year ago

The Seme family

The Seme family

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Andrea Duina

Andrea Duina

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

DONATION: $121

1 year ago

Kara Smith

Kara Smith

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Matthew & Ange Bintliff

Matthew & Ange Bintliff

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Christ Our Shepherd Church

Christ Our Shepherd Church

DONATION: $1,000

1 year ago

The McBurneys

The McBurneys

DONATION: $100

God speed as you launch this exciting work. 1 year ago

Laurie and Jeff

Laurie and Jeff

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

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