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
Please reach out to our Donor Helpline ([email protected] or 800-616-7606) for more information.
Education philanthropy in Illinois makes up less than 1% of K-12 spending. With your help, we can change this–and provide assistance directly to students who are struggling with resource inequality. A charitable donation to Empower Illinois’ 501(c)(3) operations funds will allow us to activate our mission to expand quality education options for Illinois’ low-income and working-class families.
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 Emma Nelson at [email protected].
Types of Gifts
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 [email protected] Please reach out to our Donor Helpline ([email protected] or 800-616-7606) for more information.
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: