Can I borrow a hundred bucks?
If you're anything like me (and I'm guessing there's a "kindred spirit" quality here, since you're still subjecting yourself to this blog, hehe), then you probably don't love paying taxes. We don't need to get political to agree that some of what we pay in taxes funds initiatives we don't support. Wouldn't it be great if you could decide how your tax dollars were spent? Turns out that you can! The State of Georgia allows its taxpayers to designate up to $2,500 (married, filing jointly) to a private school of their choice. You heard me right! Through the Georgia GOAL Program, taxpayers can elect to have their tax dollars sent to The Foundry so that we can provide need-based scholarships to our students.
My guess is that your hesitations about participating in GOAL can be summed up by...
(1) "My family can't afford to write a check for $2,500." I get that. But can you write a check for $500? $250? $100? Nothing says that you have to commit to $2,500, and yes, even $100 makes a difference to a student who wants an extraordinary high school experience but whose family can't afford it. Not only that, but you can use your credit card to make the payment and take advantage of cash back, miles, or whatever incentive your credit card company offers.
(2) "This sounds complicated." Let me assure you that it's not. I was able to sign up in literally (I don't use that word lightly!) under two minutes. If, after reviewing the details, you still have questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come chat with the board at Exhibition Night tonight. We'll be serving coffee and answering any questions you have about The Foundry or Georgia GOAL.
When I ask to "borrow a hundred bucks," I'm not asking for myself - or even for that exact amount of money. I'm asking for you to consider pre-paying a portion of your taxes in order to open the door to a student who would otherwise be unable to afford The Foundry. It's a little bit of effort on your part for a tremendous reward in the life of a student.