You can support Catholic education by donating to the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program! If you want to take advantage of a tax credit and our 1-for-1 Matching Program, we can help you get started.
Obtaining a Letter ID is the first step. Download the flyer and follow the link below to get started, 3-step instructions to request your Letter ID. It takes up to 10 days to receive your Letter ID via the USPS once the state receives your request.
Starting Dec. 1, take advantage of the 1-for-1 match and double the impact of your gift! Your support provides access to a high-quality, faith-based education for thousands of Illinois students.
If you have questions, please contact the Tax Credit Scholarship Hotline at 312.534.2617 or
Visit mytax.illinois.gov today to start!
We have a special opportunity to make a difference in our community. Sacred Heart School, as many of you know, provided safe, in-person learning to many of our children during the pandemic. As a pastor, one of my primary responsibilities is for children to be educated in the teachings of the church. Catholic education would not happen without the help and support of our community and those who love our Church. It is with that in mind, that I ask you to support the Illinois Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship, TCS, program.
As you all know, this is a time of great need, I am grateful to you for supporting the advancement of Catholic school education. You can help our school by participating in the Tax Credit Scholarship program. It provides a 75 percent Illinois State income tax credit to individuals who contribute to fund scholarships for students in need to attend Catholic schools. To increase the funds available for scholarships next year, several donors have partnered with the scholarship granting organization, Empower Illinois, and the Archdiocese of Chicago to create a matching gift pool.
Beginning Dec. 1, 2022, every dollar donated to this program through Empower Illinois and designated to a school operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago will be matched 1 to 1 from this pool (limitations apply). The program will end when all matching funds have been depleted or on Mar. 31, 2023, whichever comes first.
For example, a $5,000 donation will have a tremendous impact. With the 75 percent tax credit, the donor of the scholarship will receive on the, it will have a net cost to you of $1,250 and will provide $10,000 (after the match) in scholarships for families in need.
Act now, new donors to the program must first register with the State of Illinois and request a Letter ID, which can take 5 to 10 business days.
In 2022, Sacred Heart School gave scholarships to 19 child however 53 children were left on the waiting list. In 2023, we would like to be able to offer every child a scholarship to attend our school. With your help, we can help make that a reality.
We hope you will join us in supporting Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools and provide more children a quality Catholic school education.
Fr. Stephen Bedenikovic, OFM. Pastor