2:1 Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship
Matching Donation Program Begins December 1

The Archdiocese of Chicago has once again secured matching donors for the Empower Illinois Scholarship Program. St. Giles will receive an additional $2 for every dollar that you contribute between December 1, 2020 and January 20, 2021 (when funds typically run out). Here’s how the program works:

REGISTER with the State of Illinois at mytax.illinois.gov, unless you already have an online account. It usually takes 10-14 days to receive a letter with the ID number required to set up an account, so click on the “Sign up Now!” button in the Login box to start the process as soon as possible.

RESERVE your tax credit for the current calendar year (2020 if you donate in December and 2021 if you donate in January). Once your account is set up, log into your online account at mytax.illinois.gov (Empowerillinois.org will eventually take you to the same page). Click on the link to your individual account under the “Accounts” tab. Then, under “I Want to” in the top right corner of the page, select “Contribute to Invest in Kids”. Navigate through the form, selecting Cook County, Empower Illinois as the scholarship granting organization, and the amount you will be donating (to all schools). You will have the opportunity to select St. Giles (and any additional schools) when you make your donation. You will then receive your Contribution Authorization Certificate under your mytax.illinois.gov account correspondence tab almost immediately.

DONATE: Make your donation between December 1, 2020 and January 20, 2021 (So that we can get our 2:1 matching funds). You will receive 75% of your donation that can be used as a tax credit on your Illinois tax bill. Last year, we were able to secure $50,000 in matching funds due to our generous donors which helped 17 children in need! Our goal this year is to secure the full $100,000 in matching funds available to each school.

Contact Michele Bibbey, Business Manager at St. Giles School, at mbibbey@stgilesschool.org with any questions.