The Empower Illinois mission is to expand quality education options for low-income and working-class families of Illinois.


Empower Illinois is a statewide Scholarship Granting Organization created in 2017 to serve Illinois children through the state’s tax credit scholarship program.

Public education is rooted in the promise of equal opportunity, but for too many children who live near poverty or for students with certain special needs, those opportunities are out of reach. The Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program was created in Illinois to benefit children whose educational options are limited by household income. Our scholarships provide parents a way to help their children find success.

Empower Illinois serves as a conduit for processing donations, scholarship awards and program compliance for approximately 80% of all Illinois private schools. We support schools and nonprofits in their tax credit fundraising efforts while assisting students and their families through the scholarship process that can help make their dreams a reality.

Our expertise is established through a partnership with Step Up For Students, the nation’s largest tax credit scholarship program administrator. Step Up has provided more than $2.5 billion and 565,000 scholarships to Florida students since 2001. Their administrative and compliance services will provide schools, donors and students the support and confidence they need to create a lifetime of success.

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