“GO for Catholic Schools”

In May of 2011 the Oklahoma legislature made an important step in the area of educational access and parental choice.  In passing the “Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act”, the State of Oklahoma put into law a tax credit so individuals and corporations can help students and families have better access to the education they choose for their child.

For those who care about Catholic schools, this legislation has several advantages:
1) 100% of the money raised goes towards tuition assistance for Tulsa Catholic schools.
2) In addition to a tax deduction, the donor receives an Oklahoma state tax credit. Individuals can donate up to $2000 or $4000 for a married couple.
3) Corporations can benefit as well.  Businesses can donate up to $100,000!

This legislation is going to have very positive effects for Bishop Kelley High School and the entire Catholic school system in the Diocese of Tulsa.  I have had the privilege of being a part of the organizing board for the diocesan effort to take advantage of this legislation.  After several months of coming to understand the law and taking the time to set up the mechanism by which individuals and corporations can give, we began raising money in November.

In just two months (two months!) we were able to raise $56,000 which will go towards the tuition of poor and middle class families to attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Tulsa. What’s possible for 2013? The sky’s the limit! To find out more about “GO for Catholic Schools” or to donate, follow the link- http://www.bkelleyhs.org/about.cfm?subpage=962297

I am grateful for your support!

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About Rev. Brian O'Brien

Priest of the Diocese of Tulsa and President of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, OK.
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