Did you know that Lexington Services has a nonprofit organization that helps students?
Lexington Education Foundation or LEF is a certified School Tuition Organization (STO). It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that helps students in Arizona attend schools regardless of their financial situation. LEF supports students who have disabilities attend private schools, specifically, private schools with facilities and staff who provide for their needs to help them reach their academic goals.
LEF began in 2016 to help kids with disabilities who did not qualify for Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) funding get the education and services they needed for success in schools, especially in the Phoenix area. The founder of LEF, Harrison Rogers, wanted to provide an opportunity to others to help serve kids in need and who would otherwise go without the specialized education they need
While the mission of LEF is to support all students and their families with their educational dreams, LEF primarily focuses on supporting students who have disabilities or special needs through donations and scholarships.
Lexington Education Foundation was created to fill this gap and is dedicated to enriching children’s experiences and empowering families with the freedom to guide their children’s educational future. LEF is committed to providing financial support to families and access to the educational tools and community resources needed to ensure each student’s unique success.
Impact of LEF In the Community
LEF packages donations made by generous individuals into special needs scholarships and awards them to kids across the state who may not otherwise attend the school of their choice.
Parents who have children with disabilities are slowly beginning to leave public schools and homeschooling to pursue private institutions. Unfortunately, private schools can cost quite a bit for tuition and services. STOs like LEF make it possible for children to attend the school of their choice and get the services they deserve to succeed in school and life.
LEF has proven to make a significant impact in the lives of children with disabilities and their families. From 2019 to 2020, LEF received $28,958.00 from 36 individual donors. As a result:
- 13 students apply for scholarships
- 4 were granted scholarships
- $31,587.30 in scholarships were awarded
- The scholarships were awarded to 3 schools
From 2020 to 2021, LEF had 15 individual donors and one corporate donor, equaling $32,127.00 in donations. As a result:
- 10+ students applied
- 4 were granted scholarships
- $10,000+ in scholarships were awarded
- The scholarships were awarded to 2 school
LEF has more than $15,000 to continue to award for this year to more students.
LEF also participates in community events such as Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the world’s largest giving movement. It was created in 2012 with the simple idea of dedicating a day, typically the Tuesday after the U.S Thanksgiving holiday, to encourage people to do good. Over the past years, Giving Tuesday has become a global movement that inspires people to celebrate generosity by donating to charitable causes and nonprofit organizations.
LEF set four objectives for the Lexington Life Academy schools to achieve for the 2020 Giving Tuesday event, which was
- Raise a minimum of $10,000 in total; schools keep the money they raise.
- Have 100 Lexington employees raise at least $100 each.
- Lexington’s donations will be matched up to $5,000
- Money can be used for new supplies, equipment, and computers for Lexington.
In turn, Giving Tuesday received 59 donors, which equaled $5,514.00. While we did not reach our intended goal, we were still able to bring our community together.
How You Can Get Involved
While we all love helping our communities, the state of Arizona also recognizes the sacrifices made by individuals and businesses. That’s why your donation earns you a tax credit, which could significantly reduce your tax burden or even wipe it out completely. For those that receive a tax refund, this could mean more money back in your wallet, and you get to help people with special needs in your community.
Many people contribute to these special needs scholarships by donating their tax liability to the state of Arizona. Everyone has a tax liability to the state, which you must pay the state in tax from your paychecks over the year. When you donate your tax liability to LEF, you get to decide where your tax liability goes. You can help create special needs scholarships just by rerouting the money you already had to pay for the year–all at no cost to you!
LEF also has other ways to donate! Lexington Education Foundation can be found on Amazon through Amazon Smile’s or the Community Fry’s Reward. More ways to donate will be coming soon.
For any questions about Lexington Education Foundation or if you are interested in donating, please contact:
Disclaimer: This email provides information on just one of several ways to utilize tax credits in Arizona. Our post is by no means intended to prompt you to handle your taxes in any specific way. We strongly recommend you speak with your tax professional before making any tax decisions.