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High-impact, fiscally responsible opportunities to invest directly in communities and kids.

HELP SPONSOR A CHILD'S EDUCATION

Your investment in the life of a child helps deliver new hope, improve graduation rates, and break generational cycles of poverty. Give today and make a difference tomorrow.

YOUR CORPORATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Make a high-impact, fiscally responsible investment directly into the communities where your company operates. Learn why some of America's most respected brands have already.

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SERVING LOCAL STUDENTS WITH LOCAL MONEY

Since 2010, more than 7,000 Arete scholarships, worth about $30 million, have served the academic needs of the disenfranchised, allowing those who have no options to find better opportunities and outlets for education and growth.

Every human being is born with gifts and potential. Arete Scholars is committed to the simple principle that we all deserve the opportunity to see that potential realized. When applied to education, we believe our level of learning should not be determined by geographical or socio-economic privilege. Through donations from corporate and individual partners, Arete is working to make the hope of equal educational opportunity a reality.

Funded primarily through low-to-no cost tax credit giving programs, we help place kids in need in schools that help them succeed. Our K-12 scholarships empower parents to choose a school that works best for their own children.

Like those that support our work, we are serious about principles such as stewardship, transparency, and accountability. It's why some of the world's most respected companies have partnered with us.

Our Corporate Partners

Dollar General Walgreens Waste Management Staples Equifax

GOING TO BATTLE FOR OUR KIDS

Through tuition tax credit scholarship programs in Georgia and Louisiana, Arete Scholars Fund offers our partners a unique, budget-neutral opportunity to serve low-income families and help transform the lives of thousands of students. 

In addition to tax credit contributions, Arete Scholars Fund solicits tax-deductible philanthropic gifts from foundations and individuals. By cultivating both corporate and philanthropic partnerships, Arete Scholars Fund is creating a broad coalition of support that will bolster long-term growth and sustainability.

Under the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Program, any company or individual that pays Georgia income tax may receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for approved donations to Arete Scholars. Maximum annual credit amounts by filing type:

C-corporations - 75% of GA income tax liability
S-corporations, LLCs, Partnerships - $10,000
Joint filers - $2,500 
Individual filers - $1,000

Under the Louisiana Tax Credit Scholarship Program, any company or individual that pays Louisiana state income tax may receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations that are used for need-based K-12 scholarships. 

By law in Louisiana, Arete may retain up to 5% of donations for operational expenses. Only the portion of the donation used for scholarships is eligible for the tax credit. Donors may still claim a deduction on the 5% retained by Arete Scholars.

Answering Donor Questions

  • Are school choice and tax credit scholarships harmful to public education?

    Q. Are school choice and tax credit scholarships harmful to public education?

    Arete’s approach to the tuition tax credit scholarship program actually supports public education by providing low-income families with access to high-quality educational opportunities. School choice currently exists in various forms in Georgia and Louisiana, including public, charter, virtual, home and private schools. But for those families without financial means or the ability to relocate to another school district, the only choice is sometimes an environment that does not meet a child’s learning needs. Arete simply empowers low-income families to choose the right school for their own children ̶ thereby offering opportunity and hope to a segment of the public that seldom enjoys it.

    In addition, in states like Florida, with comprehensive school choice options and a 17-year-old tax credit scholarship program, research has shown that academic performance and graduation rates improve for both scholarship recipients and the public school systems where programs exist. Tax credit scholarships contribute to the overall public good by helping to narrow the achievement gap for those low-income students who face the greatest obstacles to learning. Arete stands in support of all school choice options as vital to ensuring that all children have access to an exceptional education.

  • Will Arete represent my brand responsibly?

    Q. Will Arete represent my brand responsibly?

    I’m very protective of my brand and have questions about the accountability of student scholarship organizations. Will Arete represent my brand well?

    To date, large corporations with significant brand equity have been hesitant to participate in the Georgia tax credit scholarship program - or at least to have their brand associated with it. Questions about organizational accountability, financial transparency, and a focus on schools have caused many corporations to take a “wait and see” position. In just its second year of operation, Arete Scholars Fund is setting a new statewide standard for accountability, corporate trust and focus on low-income families. In addition, the organization is lobbying for greater standards of accountability at the legislative level.

    Co-founded in 2010 by Atlanta Falcons Chief Financial Officer Greg Beadles, Arete’s Board of Directors and Advisors includes business executives and civic leaders from KPMG, Wells Fargo Bank, The Coca- Cola Company, Balfour Beatty Construction and other reputable organizations. Under the board’s leadership, Arete met or exceeded all of its first-year objectives for scholarship awards and financial performance and is positioned for healthy year-over-year growth.

    Arete’s operational standards and its vision for educational excellence and opportunity for all Georgia students is resonating with the corporate community. The current team of financial partners includes The Home Depot, Walgreens, Dollar General, Newell Rubbermaid, Waste Management, Balfour Beatty Construction, The Walton Family Foundation and others.

    For more details, be sure to read our current annual report and audited financials.

  • Do tuition tax credit scholarships take money from public schools?

    Q. Do tuition tax credit scholarships take money from public schools?

    I’ve heard it said that tax credit scholarships are taking much-needed money away from public schools. Is this program draining public funds?

    Arete’s fiscally responsible approach to tax credit scholarships guarantees savings to taxpayers by awarding amounts that are substantially less than the per student expense in public schools. In Georgia, the maximum Arete scholarship of $4,000 ensures an overall savings of almost $5,000 per student, based on 20113-14 budget numbers. These savings can remain invested in public schools or other public services as desired. In Louisiana, the state caps tax credit scholarship amounts at 80% of the state’s spend per student in local schools.

    In Florida, a state with over a decade of experience with responsible implementation of tuition tax credit scholarships, numerous independent studies show significant taxpayer savings associated with the program. By closely following the same successful model, Arete expects research to demonstrate a similar level of overall savings.

  • Does a contribution unnecessarily support faith-based schools?

    Q. Does a contribution unnecessarily support faith-based schools?

    Arete’s standard mode of operation is to raise general funds from corporate and individual partners and then award scholarships directly to low-income families. Those scholarships may be used at any eligible and accredited private school participating in the program. Under this approach, Arete puts the enrollment decision in the hands of parents ̶ not donors, schools, or program administrators.

    In contrast, many student scholarship organizations partner exclusively with schools to raise, designate and distribute funds. That model does permit donors to target specific schools or geographic areas with their investment.

Partnering can be fully budget neutral

  1. RESERVE a no-obligation credit with the state Department of Revenue (DoR).
  2. REMIT payment within 60 days of DoR approval.
  3. REQUEST invoice from Arete to expedite remittance process.
  4. CLAIM dollar-for-dollar credit against state income tax liability.
  5. CARRY forward any unused credit for up to five years.

Arete Scholars helps give disadvantaged children
a chance by giving their parents a choice.