You can help us maximize the impact of the scholarships with an employee giving campaign. With just a small deduction per paycheck, your employees can help fund programs that are crucial to the success of Florida’s disadvantaged schoolchildren. This year, we are serving more than 100,000 Step Up scholars.

By taking a few simple steps, you and your colleagues can fund programs that are crucial to the success of Florida’s disadvantaged schoolchildren.

  • Is Step Up For Students an approved charity for your employee giving program? If not, use our EIN – Employer Identification Number – (59-3649371) to add us to your list of approved charities.
  • No employee giving program? No problem. Step Up For Students can assist your Human Resources and Payroll departments in setting up a deduction toward our vital programs.
  • Please help us spread the word about Step Up For Students! Some of your employees may benefit from one of our scholarship programs. By posting fliers in your breakrooms and including information about Step Up in your employee communications, you can help raise awareness about our two scholarships. It’s that easy to empower your employees to find the best learning options for their children.
  • Contact Step Up's Advancement Team with any questions at: (727) 300-0093 or email Click here to download the Step Up For Students Employee Giving PDF.

Step Up For Students helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren. For 15 years, low-income families have been benefiting from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, allowing families with students in K-12 to choose between help with private school tuition and fees or help with transportation costs to an out-of-district public school. For students ages 3 to 22 with certain special needs, the Gardiner Scholarship Program puts parents in the driver’s seat, allowing them to customize their children’s education. Scholarship funds can be put toward crucial needs, such as approved programs and providers, including therapies, assistive technologies and even toward a college savings account.

Your support will allow Step Up to maximize the impact of the scholarships the students receive.

Every child deserves a chance to succeed.

Step Up Honor Roll

At Step Up For Students, our standards are high in not just what we do, but how we do it. Donors to the scholarship program can have confidence they are giving to an organization with sound fiscal management.

Here’s the roll call of awards this past year:

  • Step Up For Students’ commitment to accountability and transparency has once again earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
  • November 2015: The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its annual Philanthropy 400, ranking Step Up as the 67th largest nonprofit in the country.
  • December 2016: Forbes magazine ranked Step Up No. 24 on its “100 Largest U.S. Charities” list.
  • We've been recognized as a platinum level nonprofit by Guidestar, one of the world’s top sources of information on non-profit organizations.

  • April 2016: 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Tenth year overall in receiving 4 stars.

  • May 2016: Charity Navigator updated its rating system, and our score increased from 99.92 to a perfect score of 100.

A Solid Foundation To Build An Exceptional Future

  • Step Up For Students’ record of success demonstrates that when families are in charge of their children’s education, students thrive. Demand for Step Up’s scholarships has increased every year, and we must continue to work to meet this demand.
  • An education reform pioneer, and the largest and most successful organization of its kind in the nation, Step Up For Students helps ensure all children have equal opportunity to achieve their maximum potential through education.

By donating, you can help change the lives of Florida schoolchildren.

A Quality Education Changes Everything

Denisha failed third grade twice before receiving a scholarship. Now, she is pursuing a master’s degree.

Hear From Our Families

Joel receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship

Liam receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship

Braelyn receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship.

Sara receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.

Briana & Jeremiah receive the (FTC) income-based scholarships.

Daniel receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.

Shawnay receives the (FTC) income-based scholarship.

Julian receives the Gardiner special needs scholarship.

Our dedication to students doesn’t end when they receive a scholarship. Your support will enable Step Up to maximize the impact of the scholarships the students receive.