04/07/2014 UPDATE:  Palmetto Kids FIRST is South Carolina’s only independent and non-partisan Scholarship Funding Organization.  We have raised $935,769.11 of the $938,095 credits claimed to date, and have distributed 118 special needs scholarship grants totaling $846,467 at 16 different schools across SC.

SOUTH CAROLINA TAXPAYERS DONATE TODAY (AT NO COST!) to support “exceptional needs” K-12 Scholarships by “redirecting” up to 60% of your 2014 SC income taxes.  It is essentially a “cost free” way to support K-12 special education in SC.  Pledge your 2014 South Carolina Income Tax Credit donation NOW via the Palmetto Kids FIRST “paperless process”.  Just click HERE.  Help us reach the $8 million cap as soon as possible.  Tax credits are capped at $8 million and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so take action NOW.

About the program.  On June 25th, 2013, Governor Nikki Haley signed into law the Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC or Proviso 1.85).  This legislation permits South Carolina taxpayers to redirect up to 60% of their 2014 South Carolina income tax and receive a 100% “dollar-for-dollar” tax credit for amounts contributed to a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit scholarship funding organization (“SFO”).  The Palmetto Kids FIRST Scholarship Program awards private school scholarships to “exceptional needs” children to attend K-12 schools in SC.