Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

Make It Work for You

Pennsylvania tax credit for businesses that make a donation to a scholarship organization.

What is an Educational Improvement Tax Credit?

It is a Pennsylvania tax credit for businesses that make a donation to a scholarship organization. Scholarship organizations will award scholarships to children across Pennsylvania to assist them in attending the schools of their choice. 

How to Make EITC Work for You

3 Easy Steps

Step 1

Determine If You Qualify

Businesses or corporations qualify if they pay any of the following taxes:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock and Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Shareholder and Partner personal income tax (S Corps and Partnerships with pass-through tax liability)

Step 2


CONTACT an EITC facilitator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to help you through the application.

Roi Mezare

Meredith Scott Hyman


Step 3

Make the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation (PJEIF) the Recipient

Once approved by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), your business must contribute to a qualified organization such as the PJEIF within 60 days. You need to send proof of the contribution to DCED within 90 days of the approval. The PJEIF will send an acknowledgement letter as proof of your contribution, and you are required to send a copy of this letter to DCED.

How EITC Benefits Your Business

Simply put, you contribute money for educational scholarships, and the Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) lower your tax liability. Some companies find that when they add in Federal tax deductions, they save the same amount on taxes that they contributed to scholarships—a zero cost contribution.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides state tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to qualified organizations such as the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation.

Approved businesses receive a percentage of their contribution as a tax credit:

Scholarship Organizations

$750,000 Maximum Amount of Tax Credits

1-year commitment: 75%

2-year commitment: 90% each year

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit

$750,000 Maximum Amount of Tax Credits

1-year commitment: 75%

2-year commitment: 90% each year

Pre-K Scholarship Organizations

$200,000 Maximum Amount of Tax Credits

100% for the first $10,000

90% for the remainder of the contribution

Full amount deductible for Federal tax purposes*

* Full amount is deductible as a charitable contribution, subject to Federal charitable contribution rules.

Your EITC Contribution Changes Lives


Day Schools and Preschools

Highest Levels of Academic Success

Your support for day schools and preschools transforms the lives of children, many of whom would not be able to afford the schools without EITC funding.

Day school gives children the academic tools to thrive, as well as the confidence and caring to get involved in helping the community.

EITCResearch from the Cohen Center at Brandeis University showed that Jewish day school alumni achieve the highest levels of academic success while becoming more likely to identify with Judaism as adults.

An AVI CHAI Foundation study found that Jewish day school graduates account for 40% of young Jewish leaders.

Research from Ukeles Associates found that both the children attending Jewish early childhood programs and their parents increased their participation in Jewish life.


7,000+ Scholarships since 2001

Who Will You Help?

Through EITC in 2016, businesses made a substantial impact with scholarships:

515 children received K-12 scholarships

234 children received preschool scholarships

7,000+ scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 2001.

Benefits of Jewish Preschools and Day Schools

Support for low-income families

Excellent academic preparation

Values that emphasize helping others

Increased participation in Jewish life for both kids and their parents

EITC Beneficiaries

JCC Pittsburgh                Ohav Shalom Center for Early Learning                Temple Emanuel of South Hills              Yeshiva Schools

         Community Day School                       Adat Shalom Preschool                       Hillel Academy 

Beth Shalom                  Rodef Shalom                   The Early Learning Center at Yeshiva

EITC Donors

The following corporate donors have generously contributed $3.9 million through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program in 2016-17. This year, through this initiative, tax credits provided 677 scholarships for children to attend Jewish day schools and pre-kindergarten programs.

Advanced Computer & Network Corp.
AMS Real Estate Ventures, LLC
Apex Diamonds
Apter Industries
Atlas Materials Recycling Corporation
Broudy Printing
Concast Metal Products Company
(A Cubed Corporation)
Cowden Associates, Inc.
Ditto, Ken & Steve Shriber
Dollar Bank
FCC Asset Management
First Commonwealth Bank
Glimcher Group Incorporated
Guttman Group
Home Instead Senior Care, Inc.
Huntington Bank
Impel Strategies, LLC
JKM Trading Company
Littles Shoes
Marvista Real Estate Holdings LLC
McKnight Development Corporation
McKnight Realty Partners
Merlin Fiorano, LLC
MSA–The Mine Safety Company
Nartak Media Group
The Pfeffer Family
Pittsburgh Jewish Scholarship I, LLC
Karen & Tony Ross
Signature Financial Planning
S&T Bank
Robbin Steif
Town Development
Trumbull Corporation
UHS of Pennsylvania
UPMC Health Plan

Join Us to Make an Impact

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh supports ten early childhood education programs and three day schools by helping local businesses apply for the tax credits and contribute through the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation.

What scholarship organizations can businesses contribute to in order to receive the credit?

Businesses may contribute to qualified charitable organizations that are registered with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created an applicable organization, called the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation.

Meredith Scott Hyman

Meredith Scott Hyman, Esq.

Development Associate

Have a Question?

Contact Meredith Hyman for more information.

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