Oregon’s IDA Initiative was featured in the Oregonian this week, a nice reminder to give before the end of the year. The Oregonian story features graduates from the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) IDA program, and describes how the IDA program helps lower-income individuals build savings to buy a home, go to college, or start or expand a small business. The story also highlights an evaluation of Oregon’s IDA Initiative recently released by the Regional Research Institute of Portland State University. The evaluation shows that IDAs make a real difference in the lives of program participants! Fewer than one-third said they used a budget before the program, but more than half still use a budget to monitor their spending 12 months after completing their savings and reaching their goal through the IDA Initiative.
It’s not too late to support this great program! Make a contribution to the IDA Initiative, and receive a 75% Oregon tax credit. You have until December 31st to make a contribution and receive a credit on your 2010 Oregon tax return. Click here for information about how to contribute the IDA Initiative and help more Oregonians realize their dreams!