The change has finally been made.
We ran into some admin/paperwork issues so the changeover took longer than thought. But now donations ARE tax-deductible and are made through the FirstGiving site. We are still in the process of transferring funds over to the FirstGiving site, so the meter may not 100% reflect our current funds status. Furthermore, the applications have been received and we have begun the reviewing process. We hope to post info on our first-year scholarship winners soon!