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The State of Ohio has passed a bill that allows a tax credit for qualified donations to a certified Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). Ohio taxpayers who donate to SGOs may be able to claim a dollar-for-dollar, non-refundable tax credit on their Ohio income tax return for up to $750 per donor or up to $1,500 if married and filing jointly.  Click here to read about the Scholarship Donation Credit on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

How can I give to Carroll through this program?

Make your gift through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), a certified SGO with the State of Ohio.  Designate Archbishop Carroll High School as your school of choice to ensure that your entire gift is directed to our school.  You can make your gift online or through a sending a check attached to a mail-in form.

Click here to download the mail-in form

Click here to give online

How do I claim the credit on my tax return?

Shortly after your gift has been received and processed, the CEF-SGO will mail a gift acknowledgement letter to you. This letter can serve as documentation for a non-refundable Ohio income tax credit (up to $750 per donor across all SGO donations for the tax year) when you prepare your Ohio income tax return.

What else should I know about this program?

Everyone’s tax situation is different, and we encourage you to check with your tax preparation professional to determine if this is the best way for you to make a gift and help offset your state and federal tax liabilities.  Contact Archbishop Carroll High School Director of Advancement Pete Williams ‘98 if you have questions about how donating to Carroll through the CEF-SGO will affect your current annual giving.


John Smith makes a $750 gift to the Catholic Education Foundation SGO to benefit students at Archbishop Carroll High School.  When John files his Ohio return, the total tax liability is $300.  Is John eligible for a $450 state refund?

No – The SGO tax credit is non-refundable.  The credit would be applied against the $300 liability, but the remaining $450 is not refundable.  

John Smith had made two prepayments of $100 against his $300 Ohio tax liability, totaling $200.  Would his $750 gift to the Catholic Education Foundation SGO, only credit the remaining $100?

No – The SGO donation would be applied to the total Ohio tax liability of $300 and therefore John should be able to have his prepayments refunded.  Again, we would encourage John to consult with his tax advisor prior to making the gift.

The next year, John and his wife Sarah decide to each give a gift to the Catholic Education Foundation SGO.   John and Sarah file taxes jointly and wrote a $1,500 check to benefit students at Archbishop Carroll High School.  Can the Smiths claim a $1,500 SGO credit on their Ohio tax return?

No – Only $750 can be credited. For the couple to receive a $1,500 SGO tax credit, each spouse would have needed to make a gift of $750 (or more) just in his or her name.

How are scholarships awarded?

Donations given to CEF-SGO will be distributed to the schools on an annual basis. Schools will then make scholarship determinations based on the following requirements and criteria:

  • The student is a resident of the state of Ohio.
  • The student has been enrolled, is currently enrolled, or has been accepted for enrollment in a participating Catholic school as a full-time (includes half-day for kindergarten students), in-person student.
  • The student is enrolled in grades K-12. 
  • The family of the student demonstrates financial need.

The State of Ohio requires Scholarship Granting Organizations to prioritize low-income families in scholarship awarding. Priority will be given to households at or below 300% of the federal poverty level guidelines.  FACTS Grant and Aid Management will be utilized by the school when making awarding determinations.  Click here to apply for aid through FACTS.

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