EIN 59-3649371

Step Up For Students

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Step Up For Students provides legislatively authorized K-12 scholarships and related support to give economically disadvantaged families the freedom to choose the best learning options for their children.
Also known as...
Florida School Choice Fund; Florida Parent Network
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Program areas at Step Up For Students

Florida tax credit scholarship program:in the 2020-21 school year, 104,165 underprivileged Students attended 1,938 private schools on a Step Up for Students' tax credit scholarship. The k-12 scholarship program was created in 2001 to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children who live in poverty, and it is now the largest such scholarship in the nation. Eligible Students could receive maximun scholarships of $8,715, depending on grade level and county residence, for private school tuition and fees or Up to $750 in transportation costs to attend an out-of-district public school. The average household income for participants was just 24% above the federal poverty level, and 56% of the Students were from single-parent households.a study on standardized test scores released in july 2020 showed that scholarship Students achieved the same gains in reading and math as Students of all income levels nationally, even as the Students who chose the scholarship were among the poorest and lowest-performing Students from the public schools they left behind. In february 2019, the urban institute reported that scholarship Students are 43 percent more likely than their public-school peers to attend college and 20 percent more likely to earn bacholer's degrees.
The gardiner scholarship account program: in the 2020-21 school year, Step Up administered a statewide scholarship available to special-needs Students with specific disabilities that include: autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, intellectual disability,williams syndrome, and more. for 2020-21, the program served 17,880 Students who received scholarships worth an average of $10,249 each. The program empowers families to choose the educational services that best meet the needs of their student, and the money can be spent for schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology - even a college savings account.
The Alabama opportunity scholarship fund (alosf) is a scholarship granting organization formed to implement the Alabama acountability act. Alosf awards scholarships to eligible low-income k5-12th grade Students with priority given to Students who are zoned to attend a failing public school. The scholarships pay for private school tuition or transfer fees to a non-failing public school. The first scholarships were granted for the semester starting january 2014. Alosf has awarded over 12,000 scholarships over 6 1/2 years representing 46 of the 67 counties in Alabama. The scholarships are funded by donations of income tax liability from individuals and corporations who receive an Alabama state income tax credit.

Who funds Step Up For Students

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
AAA Scholarship FoundationFL Scholarships$4,886,275
Conrad N. Hilton FoundationTo Provide Sunset Funding for Private School Choice Advocacy and Implementation Programming for Students From Low-Income Families in the State of Florida.$250,000
Conrad N. Hilton FoundationTo Provide A Sunset Grant That Promotes Opportunities for Low-Income K-12 Alabama Students To Utilize Tax-Credit Scholarships at Catholic Schools.$200,000
...and 5 more grants received

Personnel at Step Up For Students

Gina LynchChief Operating Officer$185,754
Joe PfountzChief Financial Officer$221,946
Alissa RandallChief Marketing Officer$163,867
Lesley SearcyChief External Relations Officer$178,144
Jonathan BeckhamChief Information Officer$129,727
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for Step Up For Students

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$988,188,946
Program services$117,810
Investment income and dividends$51,437
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-26,030
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$25,811
Total revenues$988,357,974

Form 990s for Step Up For Students

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062022-01-11990View PDF
2020-062021-04-06990View PDF
2019-062020-06-08990View PDF
2018-062018-12-22990View PDF
2017-062017-12-28990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 16, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
August 4, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
July 1, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $5,440 from Give Back Foundation
September 22, 2021
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $250,000 from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
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SchoolsEducational service providersHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Political advocacyLobbyingState / local levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsTax deductible donations
General information
4655 Salisbury Rd No 400
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Metro area
Jacksonville, FL
Duval County, FL
Website URL
(877) 735-7837
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B82: Scholarships, Student Financial Aid Services
NAICS code, primary
611710: Educational Support Services
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