Support innovative educational programs for youth in the Central Susquehanna region by donating to the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF), an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.*
What is an EITC program?
Below are some examples of the components set forth by DCED to define EITC programs.
- Innovative - above and beyond what is presently offered by the public school district; provides a different focus, delivery, methodology or skill training than what is provided in a typical academic program of a public school
- Adds Value to Curriculum - programs are restricted to K-12 and only those programs directly linked to a core curriculum (math, science, language arts, social studies, reading, health, art/music, etc.)
- Advanced Academics - advanced instruction taught by professional or credible source
Guidelines for Education Institutions
Why should your institution partner with CSCF?
By partnering with CSCF your institution can receive grant funding for any approved EITC programs, as funding becomes available each year. CSCF maintains a list of approved EITC programs for you to consider.
Following the innovative program guidelines found in section 3-B of the “EITC guidelines for Scholarship and Educational Improvement Organizations” found at the DCED website, institutions may create new programs to be approved for EITC funding. As new programs are developed, institutions may send their outlines to CSCF for review and feedback. CSCF will also submit your new program outline to DCED for approval. Applications will be reviewed by DCED and will receive notification within 60 days. Please note: A public school cannot be an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO).
What steps should you take to participate with CSCF?
Simply identify your institution’s participation by providing CSCF with a letter of support for the EITC program, signed by a superintendent. CSCF can provide you with a template for creating a letter of support. As funding becomes available each year, CSCF will consider each participating institution to receive funding.
What is required after receiving EITC funding?
Once your institution has received funding to support an EITC program, you are required to submit a report to CSCF by April 1, with the following information: number of students who participated by grade/class, number and names of lessons offered per grade/class, dates of program, final budget, and outcomes of the lessons offered. This information is required for CSCF to report back to DCED. With any EITC funding released, CSCF requires photos and/or press releases noting the use of EITC funds and the funding source to be submitted to local media.
Participating Education Institutions
- Benton Area School District
- Berwick Area School District
- Bloomsburg Area School District
- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
- Central Columbia School District
- Danville Area School District
- Line Mountain School District
- Midd-West School District
- Mifflinburg Area School District
- Millville Area School District
- Milton Area School District
- Northwest Area School District
- Selinsgrove Area School District
- Shikellamy School District
- Southern Columbia Area School District
- Warrior Run School District
Guidelines for Businesses
Why take advantage of EITC?
EITC provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to approved non-profit educational improvement organizations (such as CSCF). This tax credit increases to 90% if a company commits and is approved to making the same donation for two consecutive years. A business paying taxes in Pennsylvania can receive up to a maximum credit of $750,000 annually. Contributions to CSCF can also be used on your Federal tax return as a charitable contribution.
“Making our charitable contribution to CSCF was a simple and easy process that allowed us to earn a tax credit while increasing educational opportunities for youth in our community.” (J. Donald Steele, Jr., President & CEO, The Northumberland National Bank)
Who is eligible?
Businesses authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that are subject to one or more of the taxes listed below:
- Personal Income Tax
- Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
- Corporate Net Income Tax
- Bank Shares Tax
- Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
- Insurance Premiums Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
- Mutual Thrift Tax
- Malt Beverage Tax
- Retaliatory Fees under Section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1912
How can you participate?
Step #1: Submit an application online using DCED’s Single Application for Assistance which can be accessed at the EITC website. Applications for tax credits for the program’s fiscal year, July 1st through June 30th, are accepted beginning July 1st.
2 Year Commitment: A business firm that has been approved for tax credits at 90% based upon a consecutive two-year commitment, must submit another application to DCED no later than June 30 of the first program fiscal year to ensure the availability and application of tax credits for the second consecutive year. Second year applications can be submitted beginning May 15. A business firm that has fulfilled a two-year commitment in the most recently completed fiscal year may renew their application beginning May 15 for another two-year commitment.
Step #2: Upon notification of approval for the tax credit, your business must make its contribution to an approved EIO within 60 days of the dated approval letter. When sending a contribution, you may specify specific schools or areas you would like your contribution to benefit.
Step #3: Your business is required to send proof of its contribution to DCED within 90 days of the date of the businesses approval letter. Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (the EIO), will provide an acknowledgment letter for contributions received. A business firm will only receive tax credits for donating to the type of organization and amount as specified in the application and approval letter.
Step #4: Upon receipt of proof of a contribution, DCED will notify the Department of Revenue that your business has been awarded a tax credit within the EITC program.
CSCF Approved EITC Programs
Approved EITC Programs
The following named programs have been determined by DCED to constitute “innovative educational programs” as defined by law:
- Artist in Residency Program
- Environmental Education Program
- Great STEM Adventure Camp
- Mobile Ag. Ed. Science Lab
- STEM Magnet Program - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
- STEM Magnet Program - Milton Area School District
“ As a Center that is working to encourage more youth to go into STEM fields which in turn will help our local economy, we value our partnership with CSCF. It is through this partnership that we have received funding to provide exciting educational STEM opportunities for the youth in our community.”
(Kimberly Bolig, Ph.D., Director, Regional STEM Education Center, Bloomsburg University)
To receive a copy of the program outline for any of the above named programs, contact Christine Orlando.
New Program Development
Following the innovative program guidelines found in section 3-B of the “EITC guidelines for Scholarship and Educational Improvement Organizations” found at the DCED website, institutions may create new programs to be approved for EITC funding. As new programs are developed, institutions may send their outlines to CSCF for review and feedback. CSCF will also submit your new program outline to DCED for approval. Applications will be reviewed by DCED and will receive notification within 60 days.
Organizations interested in participating should contact:
Christine Orlando, Senior Program Officer, at [email protected], or call 570.752.3930, press 2.
*Note: These guidelines have been created by CSCF staff as general information for participating in the EITC program with CSCF. To view approved guidelines, requirements and timelines, visit the Pennsylvania DCED website: http://community.newpa.com/programs/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc/
All contributions are administered through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. IRS regulations require us to state that no goods or services were provided in consideration for your gift and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation has exclusive legal control over the contributed assets. The official registration and financial information of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation may be obtained from the PA Dept. of State by calling toll free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.