Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

Pennsylvania tax credit for businesses that strengthen Jewish education

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Scholarship Organizations
$750,000 Max Tax Credits
1-year commitment: 75%
2-year commitment: 90% each year
Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit
$750,000 Max Tax Credits
1-year commitment: 75%
2-year commitment: 90% each year
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Pre-K Scholarship Organizations
$200,000 Max Tax Credits
100% for the first $10,000
90% for the remainder of the contribution
*Full amount deductible as a charitable contribution, subject to Federal charitable contribution rules

What is an Educational Improvement Tax Credit?

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit, or EITC, Program offers Pennsylvania state tax credits to eligible participants that contribute to qualified organizations.

Contribute to the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation 

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

How EITC Benefits Your Business

If you pay taxes in Pennsylvania, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs (EITC/OSTC) allow you, as an individual or business, to redirect your state tax dollars to our Jewish day schools upon eligibility. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides state tax credits to approved eligible businesses that contribute to qualified organizations such as the Pittsburgh Jewish Educational Improvement Foundation (PJEIF).

Be a Part of Our Special Purpose Entity 

Individuals and businesses can join our Special Purpose Entity (SPE) to participate and lower their tax liability. By joining our SPE with a two-year commitment, you will receive 90% of your contributions back in tax credits while touching the lives of so many students, families, and schools. Simply put, when you contribute money for educational scholarships, the EITC program lowers your state tax liability. 

How to Make EITC Work for You

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: Apply

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



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. 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 within 90 days of the approval.

Your EITC Contribution Changes Lives

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.
  • EITC Research 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.

10,300+ Scholarships since 2001

Through EITC with the PJEIF, businesses continue to make a substantial impact. During the 2022-2023 academic year, more than 900 students received need-based Pre-K and K-12 scholarships.

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

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. Act now to obtain tax credits while strengthening Jewish identity through Jewish education!

EITC Beneficiaries

JCCTemple Ohav Shalom Center for Early LearningTemple EmanuelYeshiva SchoolsAdat Shalom PreschoolHillel AcademyRodef Shalom CongregationThe Early Learning Center at Yeshiva



EITC Donors

Through this initiative, the following corporate donors have made hundreds of scholarships available to students to attend Jewish day schools and pre-kindergarten programs.

Apter Industries, Inc

Artay Inc.

Bell Clippers

Buncher Company

Concast Metal Products Co.

Dollar Bank

First Capital Corp

Glimcher Group Operating Group

Huntington Bank

Impel Strategies

JG Direct MM, Inc.

M & D Properties

Mcknight Realty Partners

MSA Worldwide, LLC

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Ross Development

Trumbull Corp


Wagner Agency


Roi Mezare
Roi Mezare
Associate Vice President, Development & Foundation
Shelley Parver
Shelly Parver
Associate Director, Planning & Impact
Jessie Pritchard
Jessie Pritchard
Development Associate, Corporate Giving
Hayley Margolis
Hayley Margolis
Associate, Development Operations