Ways to Help

We invite you to become an Up-LiFTer!

There are lots of opportunities for you, your group and/or your business to get involved and help!

Become a Sponsor:

  • Sponsor an after-school activity
  • Fund a field trip
  • Underwrite a scholarship for a student
  • Provide a free service based on your occupation/business (coupon for lunch, ice cream,school materials, etc…)
  • Host a fundraiser
  • Fund a registration or materials fee for a student
  • Underwrite a special lunch (pizza, salad bar, award luncheon, etc...
  • Scholarships/funding for LiFT University student’s transportation to internships.

Help the Students by:

  • Volunteering in a classroom, or as a tutor
  • Providing jobs or internships for the older youth
  • Providing school supplies (paper, pencils, notebook paper, folders)
  • Talking to your group or organization about sponsoring a student or an event
  • Speaking to a class about your job or expertise
  • Answering the school phone
  • Assisting a teacher by grading, cutting out items, etc...

Specific School and Classroom Needs (this is an ongoing list):
  • Lap Top Computers
  • Uber Passes for LiFT U Students to Get to Their Internships
  • Classroom Rugs
  • Kitchen Equipment for LiFT University Students
  • Dictionaries
  • iPads
  • Smartboards
  • Printers and Printer Ink
  • Classroom Storage Containers
  • Volleyball Equipment
  • Playground Equipment
  • Small Bookshelves
  • Student Desks
  • Teacher Desks
  • Student Chairs
  • Student Computers
  • Science Lab Equipment

Gifts of Cash/Credit Card

Cash is acceptable in any form, including by check, money order, credit card, and on-line.

Gifts of Securities or Appreciated Property

A gift of appreciated property – such as stocks, mutual funds, or real estate – may be accepted under appropriate circumstances. You may receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the property and avoid paying tax on the appreciation of the property or security.

Bequests and Beneficiary Designations

Donors are encouraged to make bequests to LiFT Academy under their wills and to name LiFT Academy as the beneficiary in trusts, life insurance policies, commercial annuities, and retirement plans. Sample bequest language: I give, devise, and bequeath ($___)(or a specific asset)(or %) to LiFT Academy for its unrestricted use and purpose of general support of LiFT Academy/University. LiFT Academy encourages donors to disclose their designations to the development office in writing.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match employee gifts to higher education. Companies may match dollar-for-dollar or more. Simply talk with our development office to see if your company participates in a matching gift program. The process is easy and usually requires filing out a short application. It is a simple way to increase your giving power to LiFT Academy and LiFT University.


At LiFT Academy and LiFT University, many students are able to attend the school on full scholarships provided by the local community. Tuition costs $9000-$17,000 per year depending on grade level and the investment can be paid throughout the year.


An endowment consists of funds that are kept intact and invested. A portion of the earning from the endowment are applied to undesignated and designated purposes that may be determined at the outset by the donor(s); the proportion of earnings applied in this manner is set in accordance with the endowment spending policies determined annually. Please contact our Development Director Jodie Miller at jmiller@liftacademy.org for more information.

Restricted Gifts

These gifts have definite restrictions for their purposes or the conditions for which they may be disbursed and used.

Unrestricted Gifts

Unrestricted gifts are gifts upon which the donor has not placed definite restrictions as to the method or purpose of expenditure and allows LiFT Academy and LiFT University to use the gifts in the most appropriate manner.

Tax Exempt Status of Gifts

In addition to philanthropic motivation for gifts to LiFT Academy and LiFT University, donors are permitted to take charitable contribution deductions (deductions allowed with respect to a charitable contribution) on Federal tax returns to the extent permitted by Treasury Department regulations. LiFT Academy and LiFT University is recognized as a non-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Services’ 501c3 guidelines and as such, gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.

For more information about LiFT Academy and LiFT University, please contact Jodie Miller, Development Director, at 727-258-7659 or by email at jmiller@liftacademy.org.