It’s no secret that Arizona schools are feeling the pressure from the state budget cuts they have already received and the potential cuts looming ahead. Although our state passed the one-cent sales tax back in May, our schools are still in need of significant community support and investment.

As you make your year-end charitable giving contributions and take advantage of state tax credits, elevate education and Arizona students to top of the list.  Whether you choose to support early learning, K-12 or postsecondary programs, here are three easy ways to give education a boost and to maximize your personal benefits.

1). Give to education supporting nonprofits – Whether you choose to give to a school district or university foundation, mentoring and tutoring programs, a local United Way’s early childhood initiative, or other nonprofits tied to education, you’ll be helping Arizona’s children and your contribution may be tax deductible.

2). Take advantage of state tax credits – There are still several tax credits available to Arizonans who give to educational institutions. By doing so, you can take a dollar-for-dollar reduction on your Arizona State taxes.  Mailed in donations must be postmarked by midnight December 31, 2010 to be eligible for this year’s taxes. Visit the Arizona Department of Revenue for state tax credit details.

3). Help a teacher in a classroom – Did you know that the average teacher spends $500 of his or her own money each year on supplies for the classroom? You can help lighten the load by adopting a classroom this holiday season. By providing books, gift cards and other supplies, you can affect the learning of an entire group of children. For tax deductible benefits, contribute toward Arizona teachers’ wish lists that are posted at

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Expect More Arizona is not a tax advisor. Please consult your personal tax advisor for state tax credit and tax deductible charitable contribution details and benefits.