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Tax Credit Scholarship Program

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    Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    Donors can provide direct scholarships for low-income K-12 students and receive a powerful 75% credit on their Illinois state taxes through the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS) program. 100% of recipients qualify based on need and 95% of donations go directly to scholarships.

    Empower Illinois is the state’s largest Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) that can administer this program.

    Types of Gifts

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    Please reach out to our Donor Helpline (donors@empowerillinois.org or 800-616-7606) for more information.

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    Charitable Donation

    A charitable donation to Empower Illinois’ 501(c)(3) operations funds allows us to activate our mission to expand quality education options for Illinois’ low-income and working-class families. Your gift helps protect and expand quality education options, like the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

    We have big plans to award more scholarships, provide more certainty to participating families and schools, and extend this life-changing program in the coming year. Will you join us to reach these ambitious goals?

    A charitable gift to Empower Illinois is a great option for those who want to champion education options in Illinois, but do not have Illinois tax liability. Unlike tax credit scholarship donations, gifts to our 501(c)(3) are not eligible for a state tax credit, but may be eligible for a federal deduction.

    For more information on making a charitable donation, please contact our team at donors@empowerillinois.org or 800-616-7606.

    Types of Gifts

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    Make a Charitable Donation Online via Credit Card

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    Corporate Matching Gift

    Many employers offer matching gift programs that double or even triple charitable donations made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and spouses. Employers may also offer volunteer matching programs that match volunteer hours with corporate donations.

    Check with your company to see if they participate in corporate matching. If your company does have a matching program, they should provide you with a paper or online matching gift form. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number is 27-2479414. Completed forms can be emailed donors@empowerillinois.org. Please reach out to our Donor Helpline (donors@empowerillinois.org or 800-616-7606) for more information.

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    The Impact of Your Gift

    Where is your donation going? 95 percent of your TCS gift is sent directly to schools to provide scholarships for students in need. Your support, along with charitable gifts, also funds activities such as:

    Bookmark in a book icon Improving the tax credit scholarship policy.
    Microscope Icon Growing unique research.
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    Graduating student icon Developing new policies to help Illinois’ kids.

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