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When the Education Foundation was launched, a main priority was securing funds through the Education Improvement Tax Credit program. This state-operated program, known as EITC, dedicates tax credits to individuals and businesses who make contributions to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations. The Education Foundation qualifies for the program as an EIO—an educational improvement organizations—that aims to invest dollars for the benefit of students in the district.

Donations made through the program must be used for specific projects, which are pre-approved by the state when an organization applies to be part of the program. With gifts made through EITC since 2016-17, the district has been able to purchase all of the equipment and curriculum required for its K-5 STEM curriculum.  EITC donors also helped to fund courses at State High through Oracle Academy, including a course in SQL, short for Structured Query Language. Oracle Academy, a globally-focused computer science education curriculum. SQL is used in business and industry to program and manage relational databases.

Both individuals and businesses can participate, as long as they have a minimum PA tax liability.  The generous donations received through EITC directly impact students across all grade levels through the funding of the approved projects. More projects can be added as donors continue to support the program.

Annual EITC tax credits availability and eligibility are limited, so learn more today. To find out about how to apply, click here.