Unlock the Power of Missouri YOP & NAP Tax Credits with LifeWise StL

LifeWise StL is honored to have received the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) and Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Leveraging these tax credits not only amplifies your contribution but also offers you tangible financial benefits.months. Sample tax credit application.


  • Missouri YOP Tax Credits: Open to any individual or business with a Missouri tax liability.
  • Missouri NAP Tax Credits: Designed for persons, firms, or corporations operating in Missouri. This spans corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, express companies, partnerships and their individual partners, S-corporations and their individual shareholders, limited liability companies and their individual members, and individuals with business operations, farm ownership, or income from royalties/rental properties in Missouri.ithin six months. Sample tax credit application.

Donation Guidelines

  • We welcome gifts of stock or cash/monetary donations.
  • Donations should not be sourced from a tax-exempt trust or foundation

Application Process

  • Donate $500 or more.
  • Indicate your desire for tax credits (For check donations: write “YOP” in the memo line; for online donations: add “YOP” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” section; for stock donations: reach out to Jennifer March prior to transfer).
  • Upon request, a tax credit application will be mailed to you.
  • Return the signed and notarized application, along with proof of donation, within six months. Sample tax credit application.

Visualizing the Benefit

This chart illustrates the potential benefits and process of the YOP & NAP tax credits for donors.

Donation $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 $500
     Missouri Tax Credit  -5,000  -2,500  -500  -250
     Missouri Tax Savings** -248 -124 -25  -13
     Federal Tax Savings** -1,100 -550 -110 -55
Total Tax Savings (Federal and Missouri) -6,348 -3,174 -635 -318
Net cost to donor  $3,653  $1,826  $365  $183

*Assumes donor itemizes deductions and is in the 22% marginal Federal income tax bracket and 4.95% Missouri income tax bracket. As with any gift, the amount that is tax-deductible is dependent on each individual’s unique financial circumstances. Consult your tax advisor to determine your exact savings.
**Contribution deduction reduced by amount of Missouri credit per Final Treasury Regulations issued June 2019.

Claiming Your Credits

  • The credit becomes applicable on the taxes for the year the contribution is made and can be claimed for four subsequent tax years.
  • Credits are exclusively for the stipulated period, and any unclaimed credits within that timeframe will be forfeited.
  • Retroactive claims on taxes from before the contribution year are not permissible.

Transfer & Sale of Credits

Tax credits awarded cannot be transferred or sold.

Credit Distribution

Given the limited availability of tax credits, they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information, please contact Jennifer March, Development & Associate Executive Director, at jmarch@lifewisestl.org or 314-627-1228.