Get tax break while donating to a school

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- If you're looking to make a donation before the end of the year, there are many schools to choose from and by doing so, you'll help save all sorts of programs.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton recently launched a public service campaign to drive participation in Arizona's school tax-credit program, which funds a broad range of opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Everything from sports and laboratory projects, to field trips and the arts.

"We're in a room of kids doing robotics and they're doing it not during the regular school time, but out of school time," Stanton said. "This is science, technology, engineering and math in action. This is practical science and math, exactly the kind of skills that we want these kids to be learning for the future not only themselves but the future of Phoenix."

The campaign is called Kids Are Missing Out and it highlights schools that typically don't get a lot of donations.

"In some of our school districts in Phoenix, the average donation is just over $2 whereas in other districts, it's over 100 bucks per child, so we're trying to even the odds," Stanton said.  

Single people or heads of household can donate up to $200. Married couples filing joint tax returns can donate up to $400.

The dollar-for-dollar donations go directly to fund extracurricular activities while also giving the taxpayer a liability reduction or an increase in their refund from the state.

If you'd like to donate, the website is www.kidsaremissingout.com and you'll get a receipt to use for that tax deduction.