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The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) reports, incorrectly, on the funding of the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, noting, “The nonprofit entity collects money from the state as directed by donors who get tax credit for their contribution.”
But, readers should know that the state does not provide the money. Donors, both individuals and corporations, donate directly to GOAL.
The AJC’s misunderstanding comes from its conflation of taxpayer money with donor money and a tax credit.
GOAL does not receive any taxpayer money from the state. All monies are donated directly to GOAL. The state’s involvement is two-fold. First the Department of Revenue tracks and approves application to donate to GOAL since the donations are both limited by taxpayer and in aggregate across the state. Second, each of the donors gets a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their approved donation to GOAL. The step-by-step process can be reviewed here, GOAL frequently asked questions page.
The full GOAL financial report can be viewed here, with highlights below:
Students have profited from the program. The bios of four graduates of the scholarship program are highlighted in the report:
- Lauren Cargil used the scholarship to escape bullying in her previous school stating, “The GOAL program altered Lauren’s life. She was able to attend Mount Paran, and her joy was back.”
- Alan Longoria wanted a more attentive environment and more focused students stating, “I received more attention from my teachers. Also, being in an environment where everybody wants to attend college helped me to prepare myself mentally for the challenges ahead.”
- Marvin Perkins wanted a “well-rounded college preparatory school”.
- Erica Godbehere wanted to attend a “Christian, college preparatory high school.”