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American Heritage is a public charter school. Like all public schools, we don't charge tuition and we rely on state funding for our operations, which comes from state income tax, State lottery proceeds, and federal grants. BUT, unlike most public schools, charter schools receive no money from local property taxes. AHCS gets no money from school bonds, supplemental levies, emergency levies, or other local taxes. We're proud of this, because our facilities were constructed/renovated using private donations. We provide a first rate education and help alleviate overcrowding in other area public schools without increasing property taxes. However, this also means that we have a lot of need to raise money where we can.


Take advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit!

Idaho has a unique tax credit opportunity specifically for contributions to schools.  Gifts to North Star Charter may qualify for a 50% tax credit (a reduction in the actual tax you owe).  If you itemize your taxes, a donation to American Heritage allows income tax deductions on your state and federal returns, plus a 50% Idaho income tax credit.

  • Idaho individuals may take up to 50% of a gift of $1,000 (a tax credit of $500)
  • Idaho married couples may take up to 50% of a gift of $2,000 (a tax credit of $1,000)
  • Idaho corporations may take up to 50% of a gift of $10,000 (a tax credit of $5,000)
Donation to American Heritage Federal Deduction State Deduction Idaho
Net Tax Benefit Net Cost of Your Donation
$2,000 $240 $138.50 $1,000 $1,378.50 $621.50
$1,000 $120 $69.25 $500 $689.25 $310.25
$500 $60 $34.63 $250 $344.63 $155.37
$350 $42 $24.24 $175 $241.24 $108.76
$250 $30 $17.31 $125 $172.31 $77.69
$125 $15 $8.66 $63 $86.66 $38.34

These amounts reflect approximate rates for a joint return of $40,000 taxable income and are based on the taxpayer who itemizes personal deductions.  American Heritage Charter School does not provide any tax advice and so you should consult with your own tax advisor for details and applicability of the Idaho Education Tax Credit.

Additional Resources:  Idaho Statute Title 63 Revenue and Taxation Chapter 30 Income Tax:

Corporate Matching Opportunities

Increase the impact of your gift.

Many employers offer matching gift programs as an incentive to encourage charitable contributions from their employees. Your gift could be doubled or perhaps even tripled if you are affiliated with a company that has a matching gift program!

Check with your Human Resources department to find out if your company has a matching gift program.

Many Ways to Donate

The old fashioned way to donate is by bringing your donation (cash or check) to the office at 1736 S. 35th W, Idaho Falls, ID 83402. We will get you a donation receipt, and you can deduct the donation on your taxes. If you're an Idaho resident, you may be able to get 50% of the donation back as a tax credit.

Below are a few additional ways to donate online and while you shop.


The AHCS Parent-Faculty Association accepts tax deductible donations to support school curricular programs, extra-curricular events and activities.

​Click "Donate" below to make your online donation.

Donate Directly through Square using your Credit Card

AHCS accepts tax deductible donations directly to the school's operating funds, to support school curricular programs, including Orcehstra, facilities needs, and our security program.

​Click "Donate" below to make your online donation.

Shop on

About AmazonSmileAmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

To have Amazon donate to AHCS, change your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization on ( On your first visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.
    For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to
Donate Time with our Parent-Faculty Association

If you'd like to donate time to AHCS, please come by the office and fill out a volunteer application or contact the Parent-Faculty Association by emailing We need volunteers in many areas, including:

1. Reading and math tutors;
2. Helping with classroom activities;
3. Chaperones on field trips;
4. Helping with school activities (school carnival, book fair, teacher appreciation);
5. Volunteering at fundraising events;
6. Art and Music volunteers;
7. Security Volunteers (particularly former military or law enforcement).

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