Washington, DC, Feb. 23, 2015 – The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) is pleased to announce its new collaboration with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. The association of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) will be working with its member colleges and universities in Phase I to encourage use of AARP Foundation’s free tax prep services, aimed at low- to moderate-income adults, especially those 60 years of age or older. Phase II will spur tax aide volunteer recruitment through an enrollment-adjusted competition among qualifying HBCUs and PBIs that will yield in excess of $20,000 to the HBCUs and/or PBIs who sign up the most volunteers.
This unique, 18-month campaign will retain HBCU and PBI student ambassadors and utilize HBCU-targeted social media in the effort to get more people to use the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide free service. HBCUs and PBIs will work with the historically black sororities and fraternities (The Divine Nine); the historically black faith denominations (The Faithful 8); HBCU and PBI alumni associations; the HBCU Multidisciplinary Centers on Gerontology; and civic, civil rights, and social justice associations to publicize the program.
Said NAFEO’s President and CEO, Lezli Baskerville, “NAFEO is delighted to partner with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide on this undertaking at this time when HBCUs have experienced a severe loss of dollars owing to a tremendous decline in wealth among black families, and a shift in federal and state policies. When families are struggling to meet the costs of college, and students are juggling classes, study, research, and employment to remain in college, this campaign will be particularly helpful for parents and students who are in the process of completing FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).”
NAFEO, along with its members and partners, will be increasing the use of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services and enlisting new volunteers in the following states in which its member institutions are located: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. NAFEO’s goal is to identify 5,000 taxpayers who will receive the free tax preparation services and 1,000 new volunteers to provide the services.
NAFEO is the 501(c) (3) membership association of the nation’s 105 HBCUs and roughly 80 PBIs. NAFEO serves as “the voice for blacks in higher education.” NAFEO members represent more than 500,000 students, 50,000 faculty, and 5 million alumni worldwide. HBCUs have a $13 billion short-term economic impact. They graduate 50% of African American public school teaching professionals; in excess of 40% of African Americans who get advanced degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); 60% of African American health professionals; and growing percentages of African Americans in sustainability and Homeland Security professions, the arts, and humanities. Learn more at www.nafeo.org.
About AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income, and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently, and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.