Martinsburg, W.Va. – November 2021 –  The West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Program recently announced that CASA of the Eastern Panhandle (CASA-EP) was allocated $6,000 in NIP tax credits. Qualifying gifts of $500 to $4,000 can be made to CASA-EP to earn a 50% West Virginia income tax credit for the donor.

Each year, the West Virginia Legislature sets aside $3 million in NIP tax credits to help nonprofit organizations that are serving distressed neighborhoods and at-risk populations. Donors can use the tax credits to reduce liability for West Virginia Personal Income Tax or Corporate Net Income Tax by up to 50% annually. Credits may be used over a five-year period.

Because these West Virginia NIP tax credits actually reduce your state tax liability, a $1,000 gift to CASA-EP translates into an actual $500 out-of-pocket expense—and even less if donors itemize deductions on their federal tax return. Programs supported by NIP tax credits serve low-income residents in highly distressed neighborhoods, and certain restrictions apply for contributions to be eligible.

“NIP tax credits can help CASA-EP donors and supporters make sizable gifts that will significantly impact children of this region now and forever,” says Michelle Sudduth, executive director of CASA-EP. “These NIP eligible gifts will support our organizational and programmatic growth, allowing CASA-EP to recruit and sustain volunteers who are changing the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community.”

Donors are encouraged to email Brian Truman at for more information and to reserve NIP tax credits. Credits will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Eastern Panhandle was founded in 2003 to recruit, train and support local volunteers who provide a voice for children. ​CASA-EP believes that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school, and in our community. To accomplish this, CASA-EP educates and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure that each child’s needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system. This year, over 400 children will be served by a CASA volunteer in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. Apply, donate, or learn more at, call 304-263-5100, or find CASA-EP on social media.