Spirit Airlines, Inc. | June 14, 2022
The Spirit Charitable Foundation announces it has pledged $1 million to a total of 44 non-profit organizations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean for 2022. The donations fuel the Foundation's commitment to supporting its three key pillars: children and families, service members, and the environment.
The Spirit Charitable Foundation believes change starts by giving back. We are committed to inspiring positive change in the communities where we live and work, and it's so moving to be able to make a meaningful impact on so many great organizations across our network."
Lania Rittenhouse, President of the Spirit Charitable Foundation and Vice President of Guest Experience & Brand for Spirit Airlines
Donations are made through Team Member volunteerism, monetary and in-kind donations. One hundred percent of event proceeds go directly to charity and non-profit organizations. The Foundation sends a heartfelt thanks to NexGen Aero, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney and all other sponsors of this year's The Spirit Open golf event in March 2022 who helped make these commitments a reality. Click here for more information about the Spirit Charitable Foundation.
About Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities.
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Code for America | July 15, 2022
the leading nonprofit tech organization that works with community leaders and governments to deliver equitable, accessible digital tools and services—today extended its free, mobile-friendly GetCTC sign-up portal to Puerto Rico residents, making it easier for families to access the Child Tax Credit.
The expanded portal, which is available in Spanish and English, was launched today in collaboration with the White House and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Trusted community partners, including the Hispanic Federation, UnidosUS, the Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, and Espacios Abiertos are leading local outreach efforts in communities across Puerto Rico to help residents access the Child Tax Credit.
Since September 2021, Code for America's GetCTC portal has helped nearly 135,000 families access nearly $500 million in tax benefits for which they are eligible. This is the first year that Puerto Rico residents are eligible to receive the full tax benefit.
Puerto Rico residents, who were not eligible for advance monthly payments in 2021, will receive full payments in 2022: $3,600 for children ages 5 and younger at the end of 2021; and $3,000 for children ages 6 through 17 at the end of 2021.
"Today's GetCTC portal expansion removes enormous barriers that have blocked people in Puerto Rico from accessing the Child Tax Credit, Now, this will make it far easier for potentially hundreds of thousands of people living in Puerto Rico to sign up for the Child Tax Credit through an easy-to-use digital tool that ensures families are getting the flexible cash that they are due."
-David Newville, Senior Program Director for Tax Benefits, Code for America.
With over 100,000 low-income families claiming nearly $440 million in benefits last year through GetCTC, we know that simplified filing works. We are proud to have worked on this expansion with the White House, Treasury, and our community partners who have been tirelessly working to ensure that Puerto Rico residents have easy access to the Child Tax Credit.
Tax-filing can be an intimidating and expensive process for many people. This type of tool allows families to apply for this benefit on their own so they don't miss out, said Carmen I. Rodríguez, Advocacy Director, Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud. "The goal is that all eligible families receive this money to alleviate the ever-increasing costs associated with raising a child.
Opening access to the GetCTC portal for Puerto Rico residents brings us one step closer to equity in the Child Tax Credit, stated Charlotte Gossett Navarro, Chief Director, Hispanic Federation Puerto Rico. We have been working closely with local nonprofit organizations throughout this tax season to help ensure no family is left out of the 2021 Child Tax Credit expansion, but there are barriers that make it difficult to assist communities with the traditional federal tax filing process. This new tool will make it much simpler for eligible families who have not yet filed to do so for free and with the support of trusted community organizations. Thousands of families have already received their benefit, and I hope with GetCTC we can soon reach all families in Puerto Rico.
"At a time when the economic crisis is worsening as a result of inflation, it is imperative that families living in Puerto Rico be able to access all the benefits available to improve their economic security, The access of the GetCTC portal to Puerto Rico will facilitate the use of technology at the service of the people in that direction."
-Cecille Blondet, Executive Director, Espacios Abiertos.
The GetCTC portal is the first online application made available to Puerto Rico residents following a recent update to the filing process.
In May, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance allowing most Puerto Rico residents with children to file a simplified tax return in order to claim the Child Tax Credit if they did not have a federal filing requirement in 2021.
Up to this point, eligible residents had to file using Form 1040-PR, a burdensome process that created a huge barrier to access. Many applicants had to visit the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services or pay for tax preparation software that was poorly aligned to their needs.
By using the GetCTC portal, Puerto Rico residents will be able file a simplified tax return containing just the information needed to issue the Child Tax Credit with a user-friendly, interview-style format that prompts clients to answer one question at time and guides them through the criteria that apply. A demo of how to use the tool is available in Spanish and English.
In May, Code for America relaunched the GetCTC portal for the second year in a row to give more families in America access to the Child Tax Credit and other tax benefits. Last year, over 115,000 families used the tool to successfully claim tax benefits with the majority of clients typically finishing in 10-15 minutes. Code for America published lessons from last year's effort in this report.
About Code for America-
Code for America, a nonprofit founded in 2009, believes that government can work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age. We work with government at all levels across the country to make the delivery of public services equitable with technology. Together with thousands of volunteers across over 80 Brigade chapters in the U.S., we work with community organizations and governments to build digital tools, change policies, and improve programs. Our goal: a resilient government that effectively and equitably serves everyone.
Sony Electronics, Inc. | June 13, 2022
Sony Electronics Inc. marked the first anniversary of CREATE ACTION by renewing the initiative for its second year. CREATE ACTION, part of Sony's broader social justice efforts, is a $1 million grant program to support people in underserved communities by celebrating and amplifying the efforts of local, community-based nonprofit organizations. The program is now open for applications from all qualifying organizations in the United States and also Canada (excluding Quebec).
In its first year, CREATE ACTION recognized and rewarded a total of 10 organizations with funding and additional support. Areas of focus included: reading, financial education, STEM education and career development, as well as creative fields like social media/branding, photography, film/television, animation and more.
One such organization was Totem Star, a Seattle-based non-profit focused on helping young music artists build communication and critical thinking skills.
"At Totem Star we've impacted the lives of nearly 5,000 aspiring young recording artists since 2010, and the CREATE ACTION grant has led to exciting developments for our organization and specifically, our young participants," commented Daniel Pak, Totem Star co-founder and executive director. "Sony's support helps us pair youth with impactful mentors providing positive identity development and career-connected learning. In our new recording studio inside Seattle's historic landmark King Street Station, the Sony gear will help our youth thrive as they create the highest version of their music and build a loving community in the process."
CREATE ACTION grant recipients in the first year of the program represented a variety of different communities across the Unities States. Organizations that received the grant recognition include:
Heart and Soul Design Center | Los Angeles, CA: Provides underserved communities with affordable quality production services and introduces them to the world of innovative digital technology.
Josephine Herrick Project | New York, NY: Works to amplify underrepresented voices through photography education, art exhibition and visual storytelling.
New Era Creative Space | Peekskill, NY: Provides hands-on learning experiences that empower young people to think critically, creatively and collaboratively.
Pockets Change | Brooklyn, NY: Teaches skills to build intergenerational financial resilience with students, families and educators.
Reading Quest | Santa Fe, NM: Provides tailored tutoring services to help improve students' reading levels and build confidence.
STEM Greenhouse | Grand Rapids, MI: Increases STEM proficiency among low-income, minority K-12 students.
The Alliance98 | Chicago, IL: Reduces young adult unemployment with career development and helps youth hone their creative skills through activities like photography, graphic design and digital marketing.
The Firehouse Dream | Maywood, IL: Provides mentoring in film, photography, social media strategy, and brand identity, along with workshops in financial wellness, resume and narrative writing, within communities that identify as BIPOC.
Totem Star | Seattle, WA: Helps young artists build communication, collaboration, critical thinking and life skills through their creative pursuits in music production and performance.
Youth Beat | Oakland, CA: Offers extensive digital media training, youth development, and employment opportunities for inner-city Oakland public school students.
We all have the power to make a positive impact on our community. It takes dedication and hard work, and we're proud to partner with local nonprofits because of their ability to make a significant, immediate impact on the youth within their community. Our inaugural class of CREATE ACTION partners were chosen because they exemplified core Sony values like integrity, diversity and curiosity. We're excited to expand this program and help support ten new organizations across North America in our second year."
Neal Manowitz, President and COO of Sony Electronics Inc
Why CREATE ACTION?
88% of nonprofits, over one million organizations in the U.S., have annual budgets of less than $500,000. Marketing and fundraising are the two most cited challenges for these smaller organizations. Many times, they lack the necessary budget, creative resources or accessibility to larger platforms to help spread their message. In the first year of CREATE ACTION, grant recipients were nonprofit organizations holding 501(c)(3) status within the 50 United States and D.C. (excluding territories) which received no more than $500,000 in annual donations per year for 2019 and 2020, among other qualifications.
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Group Corporation, one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs.