Designating your Donation

There are 5 regions in the State of Illinois. When reserving your tax credit with the Illinois Department of Revenue, it is important that you choose the region in which your designee(s) are located, not the region of your home address.

If you wish to designate to multiple regions, you must reserve tax credits in each region. You can choose multiple designees within a single region if your donation is $1,000 or more utilizing Empower Illinois as your SGO. After you have made your tax credit reservation, the Contribution Authorization Certificate will show the region you have chosen.

Only schools recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are eligible for donations to be used for scholarships under the program. Schools marked “PENDING RECOGNITION” are in the process of being recognized by ISBE but are not yet recognized.

Students who have received scholarship awards will not be allowed to use the scholarships at schools marked “PENDING RECOGNITION” until such schools have been recognized, including donations directed by donors for scholarships to such schools.

Donations directed to any school not recognized by ISBE will be recharacterized as undesignated donations for the same region in which such school is located and made available to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis on the earlier of (1) August 1, 2018 or (2) a date specified by the state of Illinois.

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