Empower Illinois Challenge

$25,000 dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity from now through March 31, 2020

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What if it was possible to reduce your Illinois state income tax liability and help provide tuition assistance for Gibault students at the same time? It is, through Empower Illinois.

Here’s how the program works:

For a couple with a $5,000 Illinois state income tax liability

The OLD way to donate
(without a gift to Empower Illinois)

The NEW way to donate
(with a gift to Empower Illinois)

John and Joy donate $1,000 for scholarships directly to Gibault

John and Joy donate $4,000 for scholarships designated to Gibault via Empower Illinois

John and Joy still owe $5000 in Illinois income tax

John and Joy now owe $2,000 in Illinois income tax thanks to the tax credit they receive of 75% of the gift to Empower Illinois and Gibault

Of the $6,000 paid by John and Joy, only $1,000 goes toward Gibault scholarships, $5,000 goes to the State of Illinois
Of the $6,000 paid by John and Joy, $4,000 goes toward Gibault scholarships, $2,000 goes to the State of Illinois

Through March 31, 2020, up to $25,000 in donations will be matched by a generous donor, doubling the amount of scholarship dollars available to Gibault students!

John and Joy spent the same amount ($6,000) but have quadrupled the amount that goes toward scholarships for Gibault students in need.

Even better news! We have the opportunity through a generous donor to achieve a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar match to help fund need-based scholarships for our Gibault students. We need your donations no later than March 31st to take full advantage of this matching offer.

In the 2019-20 school year, almost $100,000 in scholarships were granted to Gibault students through the Empower Illinois program.  Please help us make it possible to grant scholarships to all families in need this year!

When reserving your tax credit at MyTax Illinois, choose “Region 5- Southern Counties” for your Region, and “Empower Illinois” as your Scholarship Granting Organization.

When processing the donation on the Empower Illinois website, choose “Gibault Catholic High School”. Thank you for making a difference.

Here are direct links to key information from Empower Illinois.

To begin the donation process, please visit Empower Illinois.