Give to Lake Center for


Give to Lake Center for


Give to Lake Center for


If your taxable income is $44,250/yr, you will pay over $750 in taxes,  

why not designate that money for Lake Center Christian School?

Taxpayers now have a cost-free way to make a significant contribution to the students at Lake Center Christian Schools (LCCS). Thanks to Ohio’s new state tax credit, individuals who donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) can receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit up to $750. You may even designate your gift specifically for Lake Center Christian School. Click to make a donation.  

Gifts made through April 15th can be retroactively applied to the previous year’s taxes.

*Download giving form and mail with your check.

*You can set up a one-time, quarterly or monthly gift. No processing fee.

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Instead of paying the state taxes, up to $750 of your donation to OCEN SGO can be claimed as a tax credit. You can claim a SGO tax credit equal to the amount of your tax liability, or a maximum of $750 per individual; $1500 per couple. If you have questions, please contact Dawn Campanelli, Director of Advancement, at [email protected]

Examples to reduce your state tax liability: 

If you owe $135 in state tax, you can make a $135 SGO donation for a tax credit of $135 = $0 tax liability.

If you owe $500 in state tax, you can make a $500 SGO donation for a tax credit of $500 = $0 tax liability.

If you owe $2200 in state tax, you can make a $750 donation for yourself and $750 donation for your spouse for a tax credit of $1500 = $700 tax liability.

*Contact your tax professional with questions specific to your tax situation.

You may do so! In that case, the first $750 will be granted a $750 state tax credit, and the amount of the gift beyond the initial $750 may be claimed as a federal and state tax deduction. Consult with your tax specialist to review your specific tax situation. In the meantime, find more information at:

Your OCEN SGO donation can be claimed when you file your Ohio taxes for the year in which you make your gift. The credit is a dollar-to-dollar reduction in your state tax liability up to $750 per taxpayer. A married couple filing jointly can make two gifts and claim a credit of up to $1500. To receive the full tax credit, you must have an Ohio tax liability equal to or greater than the amount of the credit. 

OCEN will announce award recipients for Lake Center Christian School by May 30,  2024 for the 2024-2025 school year.  The deadline for Lake Center Christian School students is March 30, 2024. Click here for more details about the application requirements and process for LCCS students.

OCEN will accept donations year-round. Please donate by April 15, 2024 for your donation to apply to awards for the 2024-25 school year. Any donations received after this date will fund scholarships for the 2025-2026 school year.

Yes. You can select Lake Center Christian School in a dropdown box on the OCEN donation page.  

Yes, you may. However, you will need to submit it as multiple gifts, designating a different school for each separate gift.

Yes. The tax credit is on a per-individual taxpayer basis. Married couples can receive up to two separate $750-deductions, totaling $1,500. Yes. The tax credit is on a per-individual taxpayer basis. Married couples can receive two separate $750-deductions, totaling $1,500. To receive the maximum credit, spouses must list both of their names on the donation form so that a gift over $750 can be split between them.

Yes, OCEN SGO is certified by the Ohio Attorney General. You may view the list of certified SGOs here.

Anyone whose taxable income is over $44,250 owes a minimum of $878.42 in state tax. A $750 donation to an SGO would reduce this amount to $128.42. That means $750 of tax money to a scholarship to help a student receive a quality Christian education and $128.42 remains for the state. You can use the chart below from Ohio Department of Taxation to determine your tax liability if you know your Ohio Taxable Income amount.

The Ohio Legislature has recently condensed Ohio tax brackets into two. Couples with combined salaries over $54,000 should qualify for $1500 in tax liability.

For taxable years beginning in 2021:

Ohio Taxable IncomeTax Calculation
$25,001 – $44,250$346.16 + 2.765% of excess over $25,000
$44,250 – $ 88,450$878.42 + 3.226% of excess over $44,250 
$88,450 – $110,650$2,304.31 + 3.688 % of excess over $88,450
more than $110,650

$3,123.05 + 3.990 of excess over $110,650


House Bill 110 was passed September 2021
Section 5747.73 | Credit for donations to scholarship organizations

Yes, Without membership in OCEN, Lake Center would not be eligible to receive scholarship dollars from this Ohio tax reduction credit. Only organizations that have completed the process to become a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) can receive donations and issue a credit for the tax credit contribution. 

To expand scholarship resources for our students, Lake Center’s Board of Directors approved our school to join as a member of the Ohio Christian Education Network. Among the benefits is the ability to receive SGO scholarship dollars designated for Lake Center Christian School, as well as a portion of the general donations to the program.

OCEN supports Lake Center ability to participate in the SGO program through: 1) a developed system and oversight Board of Directors to receive donations and tracking school designated funds that meet state requirements; 2) issuing proper receipt per Ohio law; 3) creation of print and digital marketing materials; 4) access to attorneys and management team well versed in application of the House Bill 3110; 5) receipt and
scoring of scholarship applications from Lake Center students, 6) distribution of scholarship awards to LCCS.

For this service a 9% administration fee is charged on each donation. This is a nominal fee and Lake Center benefits from OCEN’s management of Lake Center’s account and scholarship applications, as well as advocating for expansion of the program contribution levels at the State level, and keeping Lake Center Administration apprised of policies changes that can help/hinder school choice and religious freedom in education to promote a biblical worldview.

1. The Ohio Christian Education Network (OCEN) will send an email thank you upon your donation.
2. OCEN will designate funds donated on behalf of Lake Center to our school account – not specific students.
3. OCEN provides monthly and on request reports of donations designated to Lake Center Christian School to school admin.
4. In January, OCEN will also send a tax receipt to file for the tax credit reduction. Up to $750 per individual (married couples filing jointly, $1500 total if made as separate checks). If you need any assistance to find a copy of your receipt,  please contact Dawn L. Campanelli, Director of Advancement at Lake Center Christian School to assist you by email at  [email protected], or phone 330-877-2049.

Other Ways to Support Lake Center's Ministry

Individual Gift

By giving an Individual Gift, you can support all of Lake Center Christian School’s day-to-day operations.

Corporate Gift

Become a Corporate gifting partner and support our mission that shares your values.

LCCS Employees

A little each pay adds up to an explosive blessing for our students! Contact Dawn Campanelli for more information.

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