A Cultural Gem in the Heart of the Valley

Donations and ECA Tax Credit

Reinvest In Education For The Next Generation

The FrenchAm Schools is a not-for-profit, 5013(C) academic institution which includes two separate and distinct entities; FrenchAm Preschool and FrenchAm Academy.

  • FrenchAm Preschool is a tuition-based private school that does not receive state funding
  • FrenchAm Academy is a public charter school that receives state funding based upon Academy headcount. Our school receives less public funding than district schools do and the amount received does not cover the full costs of educating students.  For example, the state provides funding for half-day Kindergarten only regardless of our full day format.

Our parents generously donate their time and resources to provide our students a competitive, well-balanced educational experience from Nursery to Grade 5. Financial contributions are always invested back into our school to provide for our students.  Past investments include:

  • Textbooks
  • Playground Equipment
  • Computers and Digital tools
  • In-classroom toys, manipulatives, and tools
  • In-school field trips

Please donate to our “To The Top” Giving Campaign.

Our To The Top Giving Campaign is intended to raise money for The FrenchAm Schools. Your donations will be used to purchase

* Indoor playground equipment
* Library seating and bookshelves
* ART, Music, & STEM classroom equipment

Please help us get “To The Top” by donating today.

Financial Donations

You can donate online, by clicking the button below.

If you prefer, you can also donate by mailing a check or by dropping a check off at our school.

The FrenchAm Schools
2031 N Arizona Avenue, Ste 2.
Chandler, AZ 85225

Drop-off donations can be made at the above address during office hours Mon-Thurs 8am to 4:00pm

Material Items

The FrenchAm Schools accept donations of items such as furniture, toys, equipment, learning materials, etc. 

If you would like to donate an item(s) for a specific purpose, please contact Patrice Arnout, Chief Administration Officer, at (480) 681-6100 or by email at CAO@frencham.org

Employer Matching Gift Program

Many organizations generously offer an Employee Matching Gift Program as a company wide benefit.  Under the program, the Employer will match any charitable contributions made by their employees which essentially double the employee’s initial donation. Specific company rules may apply. Please check with your Employer today to see if they offer an Employee Matching Gift Program.

Some of the companies that offer matching gifts include:

  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Pulte Group, Inc.

ECA - Arizona Public School Tax Credit

What is the ECA?

Under Arizona law, Arizona tax payers can claim a non-refundable individual tax credit for fees and cash contributions paid to public schools (including charters) in Arizona for the support of extracurricular activities or character education programs.

The credit is equal to the amount of fees paid or amount contributed, dollar-for-dollar, up to $200 for single or head of household taxpayers and up to $400 for married taxpayers that file a joint return. (ARS §43-1089.01)

Who Can Participate?

The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers. You do not need to have a child enrolled at FrenchAm to take advantage of this state tax credit.

We ask every family to contribute their Tax Credit and invite their extended network of friends and family to do the same.

How does it work?

If you qualify for the state tax credit, you can make a contribution. When you file your Arizona state taxes, you then subtract the amount of your contribution from what you owe or add the amount to your refund.

  • As a married couple, you can make a $400 contribution to FrenchAm.
    1. If you owe $500 in Arizona state taxes. You can subtract $400 from your Arizona state taxes. Your tax bill will then be $100.
    2. If you are expecting an $800 refund on your Arizona state taxes. You can add the additional $400 to your Arizona state tax refund. Your refund will be $1,200.

Frequently Asked Questions

Under Arizona law, Arizona tax payers can claim a non-refundable individual tax credit for fees and cash contributions paid to public schools (including charters) in Arizona for the support of extracurricular activities or character education programs.

The credit is equal to the amount of fees paid or amount contributed, dollar-for-dollar, up to $200 for single or head of household taxpayers and up to $400 for married taxpayers that file a joint return. (ARS §43-1089.01)

The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers. You do not need to have a child enrolled at FrenchAm to take advantage of this state tax credit.

We ask every family to contribute their Tax Credit and invite their extended network of friends and family to do the same.

If you qualify for the state tax credit, you can make a contribution. When you file your Arizona state taxes, you then subtract the amount of your contribution from what you owe or add the amount to your refund.

  • As a married couple, you ou make a $400 contribution to FrenchAm.
    1. You owe $500 in Arizona state taxes. You subtract $400 from your Arizona state taxes. Your tax bill will then be $100.
    2. If you are expecting an $800 refund on your Arizona state taxes. You add $400 to your Arizona state tax refund. Your refund will be $1,200.

Credit against Arizona state income tax is claimed when an individual files their state income tax returns.

No. There is no requirement that the taxpayer have a child enrolled in the school in order to claim the credit.

Submit your donation one of these ways:

  • Donate securely online using a credit card.
  • Mail completed tax credit donation form included in Tax Credit Brochure below along with your check made out to “FrenchAm” to FrenchAM ECA Tax Credit,  2031 N Arizona Avenue, Ste 2. Chandler, AZ 85225
  • Drop off the form and your check at the FrenchAm office (open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon. – Thu.).

Every Arizona Educational Tax Credit dollar will be used for extracurricular activities such as field trips to support classroom curriculum, athletic programs, music programs, after school clubs, etc.

Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use by FrenchAm.

Many employers will match their employees’ tax credit donations. Check your company’s website to see if this option is available to you.

Tax payers can make tax donations from January 1 up until April 15 of the following year for extracurricular activities. Donations made between January 1 and April 15 must be designated as to which tax year the donation applies. For example, a donation made in April 2021 can be applied to either 2020 or 2021.

Yes. The Arizona Educational Tax Credit can be made to any public or charter school in the state of Arizona.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact Patrice Arnout, Chief Administration Officer, at (480) 681-6100 or email CAO@frencham.org.

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2031 N Arizona Avenue, Ste 2. Chandler, AZ 85225

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The FrenchAm Schools admits students and employees of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students or employees at the school. The French American Academy of Arizona does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender in administration of its educational policies, admissions or hiring policies, and athletic or other school-administered programs.