The Ultimate Win-Win: Help Children and Earn Tax Credits

Youth Opportunities Program (YOP)

The State of Missouri values caring for children and families in need. It offers tax credits to encourage citizens to do so, as well. The new cycle of these tax credits goes into effect July 1, 2017.

Through the unique Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, individual and corporate donors with Missouri tax liability may receive tax credits for donations to organizations, like ours, that provide positive youth development programs. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) serves an average of 2,000 children, plus their families, each year.  We serve children who have suffered from neglect, abuse or abandonment, or simply in need of structure and stability, through therapeutic mentoring, counseling in a family’s home, residential treatment, transitional living services and foster care case management.

Effective July 1, 2017, donors who contribute gifts of $1,000 or more earn tax deductions and tax credits.  The following chart illustrates  the tax benefits of your contribution to PCHAS.

PCHAS is one of those organizations. We offer 50% tax credits to donors who make gifts of $500 or more. The following chart illustrates the tax benefits of your contribution to PCHAS.

Potential Tax Savings (based on taxpayers in the 28% to 35% tax bracket)

Contribution to PCHAS

Missouri State Tax Deduction

YOP Tax Credit

Federal Tax Savings*

Ultimate Cost to Donor*
















*Your results may vary; please consult your tax professional.

Contributions can be in the form of check, credit card or transfer of appreciated stock. After we receive your donation, we will mail to you a simple YOP application. Return your completed application to PCHAS (along with necessary documentation) and we will submit it to the state.

Within 4-6 weeks, the state will send you a tax credit certificate equal to 50% of your donation. You can use these tax credits with your next state income tax return and you may “roll over” any unused credits for up to five years.

Tax credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to take advantage of these tax savings, don’t wait.



Debra Paulus
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services of Missouri
1220 North Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63132
314.989.9727 or 800.383.8147