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 nonprofits that support education – Whether you choose to give to a school district or university foundation, mentoring and tutoring programs, local early learning program 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 several tax credits available to Arizonans who give to educational institutions.  These tax credits allow you to take a dollar-for-dollar reduction on your Arizona State taxes.  Mailed in donations must be postmarked by midnight December 31, 2011 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 their classroom? You can help supplement a teacher’s needs 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. Click here to learn more about local classroom needs and how you can give a tax deductible donation through Donor’s Choose.

*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.