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Scholarship Donations (STO)

Learn how to support Joshua Christian Academy and receive a 75% tax credit against your Iowa income taxes.

The Heart of Iowa Student Tuition Organization (HOI-STO) makes it possible for you to support students at Joshua Christian Academy and receive a 75% tax credit again your Iowa income taxes. It’s a win-win!

Your donation will help support over 80 families currently receiving financial assistance to attend Joshua Christian Academy. In addition to supporting these JCA families, your donation to the HOI-STO provides a 75% tax credit against your Iowa income taxes – the highest individual income tax credit option in the State of Iowa. And to make it even better, if you itemize on your federal tax return, 25% of your donation will qualify as a charitable donation.

Heart of Iowa STO FAQ

What is an STO?

A School Tuition Organization is a charitable organization that is governed by its own board of directors and receives voluntary cash contributions from Iowa taxpayers. The STO distributes at least 90% of those funds in the form of needs-based tuition assistance to eligible families who attend accredited nonpublic schools represented by the School Tuition Organization.

What is the Heart of Iowa STO

There are 12 schools represented in the Heart of Iowa STO including the following: Ames Christian School, Ankeny Christian Academy, Cedar Valley Christian School, Des Moines Christian School, Grand View Christian School, Heartland Christian School, Isaac Newton Christian Academy, Marshalltown Christian School, Morning Star Academy, Mt. Olive Lutheran School, Pella Christian Grade School, and Waterloo Christian School.

How much is the tax credit?

The Iowa tax credit is equal to 75% of the donation. A portion of the contribution is also eligible for a federal tax deduction when the donor itemizes on their federal return. Donors should consult their tax advisor for specific federal tax implications.

Can I give to an STO?

Individual taxpayers, C corporations, S-corp, LLC, partnerships, estates, and trusts can contribute to the STO and are then eligible for the tax credit.

What is the fundraising goal?

How do I donate to the heir of Iowa STO?

Help JCA Reach Our Goal Of $176,858

Download the Heart of Iowa STO Tax Savings Table.

Download and Complete the Heart of Iowa STO Donation Form. Mail to the address given.

Questions: Call Chris Hurley, Director of Advancement at 515-210-3229 or email