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SGO Status, Gift Types

As summer turns to fall, and since we surpassed 25% of the SGO tax year and over $5 million credits of the $14 million available statewide, it seemed appropriate to post an SGO status update. As of September 30, our schools have raised over $1.2 million in SGO credits. We forget sometimes just how much… Read more »

SGO Credits are Gone!

I hate to be the Scrooge-bearer of bad news, but the SGO credits are gone. Finished. We are out of coal for Bob Cratchit’s office. For those wanting to support scholarships and receive the 50% state tax credit, you will have to wait until July 1, 2017 to make your gift. What does this mean?… Read more »

Half of SGO State Tax Credits Remain

  The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana raises funds from individuals and businesses to provide scholarship funds to all eligible students wanting to attend an Indiana Lutheran School. With a donation to the SGO of Indiana, donors can help fund scholarships—and receive a state tax benefit. The state of Indiana puts a cap… Read more »

SGO tax credits again available

Give kids the freedom to attend the school of their choice. Please generously support our SGO scholarships. Donors will earn a 50% state tax credit on gifts made through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana—but only if they hurry. The State limits the total amount of tax credits awarded each year, and we expect… Read more »

SGO Tax Credits: Racing Toward the Finish

Last legislative session, the SGO program was given an extra $1 million in tax credits, moving our cap from $7.5 to $8.5 million. That’s $2 million more donations in the race. Sounds good, right? We won’t run out of credits before the finish line? Well, we are monitoring this race closely. We keep track how… Read more »

And so goes the SGO

All of last year, we were warning our member schools of the impending snowball: as more schools joined our SGO, as more donors supported the program, and as existing donors increased their gifts, SGO support would grow exponentially. And it did so. We closed the year with more than $2.6 million in SGO donations, well… Read more »

Four ways that SGOs skyrocketed in 2013-14

The SGO program in Indiana, a.k.a. the School Tax Credit Program, blew off the charts in 2013-14, nearly running out of available credits. Students all over Indiana benefited from charitable giving to scholarships that was encouraged by a generous 50-percent state tax credit. What were the results for The Lutheran SGO of Indiana? 1. Total… Read more »

Vouchers versus SGOs: the facts

See those storm clouds? No, those clouds aren’t going to bring a storm. At least not the clouds I’m looking at. The clouds I’m seeing are directed at recent school-choice legislation in Indiana. While the program is a model for any state looking at choice as an option for its schools (words used by researchers… Read more »