Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program enables businesses to reduce their state tax liability by earning credits in exchange for a donation to support need-based scholarships. Stratford Friends School is an approved scholarship school.

EITC provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to approved educational scholarship organizations. The tax credit increases to 90% if a company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years. A business paying qualifying taxes in PA can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually. The state government allocates tax credits for education programs each year on a first-come, first-served basis until the credits run out.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

The EITC program is available to businesses that file as S-Corporations, Partnerships, LLs or C-Corporations. Eligible taxes to which credits can be applied include:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Personal Income Tax of S Corporation shareholders
  • Personal Income Tax of partners in general or limited partnerships

How to Participate in EITC

Participation is easy:

  1. You or the company you work for complete a single-page online application (a first-time registration and login is required). Information and the application can be found here on the DCED website.
  2. After submitting the online application, submit the signature page to the DCED via US mail.
  3. Upon receipt of your approval letter from the DCED, you have 60 calendar days from the date of the letter to make a contribution to Stratford Friends School.  Please send your check to the Advancement Office at SFS, 2 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073.
  4. Upon receipt of your contribution, we will send you an acknowledgment letter. Simply mail a copy of this acknowledgment to the DCED as proof of your contribution within 90 days of the date of your approval letter.
  5. After receiving proof of the contribution, the DCED notifies the Department of Revenue, which applies the tax credits against the appropriate taxes identified in the application.

The Benefits of Participating in EITC

There are several benefits to participating in EITC:

  • Reduce your corporate state tax burden
  • Take a charitable giving deduction on Federal taxes
  • Provide tuition aid for financially in need students!

Since the EITC program was established in 2001, it has accomplished several things:

  • Provided an easy way for the business community to be more involved in education
  • Provided a lifeline to struggling families who wish to educate their children to a nonpublic school
  • Provided the best possible return on investment: A child’s future has been enhanced.

If you have questions about participating in the EITC program, please contact our advancement office at 610-355-9580,

The Friends Education Equity Collaborative Tax Credit Program


The Collaborative was organized by staff and volunteers of ten small Quaker elementary schools in the greater Philadelphia region, with an additional ten schools participating.* In our first two years, The Collaborative is supporting over 100 students at 16 Quaker Schools!

The purpose of The Collaborative is to foster the growth of Quaker Education by providing funding that makes a Quaker education accessible for more families.

In 2016, we formed a Special Purpose Entity (LLC) to take advantage of the changes in the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs.

To date, we have raised a little over $2,000,000 with 15 participating schools receiving $1,033,833 in the 2016-17 academic year and guaranteeing the same amount in the 2017-18 academic year. Some members who participate are involved in Quaker schools, others are simply interested in the easy tax credit and know that they are doing some good.

Looking forward The Collaborative will apply for more credits with two new LLC’s. If you qualify to participate in this opportunity, you will receive a 90% credit for your donation. You may also qualify for a federal deduction for the donation.

For more information contact:

The collaborative identified the following two people as points of contact to answer questions.

Jeff Markovitz: cell: 267-872-9721 email:
John Gilliland: cell: 484-919-0282 email:

Friends Education Equity Collaborative c/o ABS, PO Box 254, Oreland, PA 19075

Qualification Guidelines

Do You Qualify? 
If you can answer YES to any one of these questions, you may qualify:

  1. Are you employed by, or a partner in, a for-profit business and your annual personal income exceeds $200,000 (or $300,000 for a couple)? (Sole proprietorship are not qualified.)
  2. Are you employed by a not-for-profit and your annual personal income exceeds $200,000 (or $300,000 for a couple) or your net worth exceeds $1,000,000, excluding the value of your primary residence and you own stock in any Pennsylvania incorporated “business firm”?
  3. Are you retired and your annual personal income exceeds $200,000 (or $300,000 for a couple) or your net worth exceeds $1,000,000, excluding the value of your primary residence and you own stock in any Pennsylvania incorporated “business firm”?
  4. Are you an owner of a Pennsylvania Corporation or Partnership that has net assets in excess of $5,000,000?
  5. Are you an officer of a Bank or Savings and Loan, acting in a fiduciary or professional capacity?
  6. Are you an officer of Insurance Company, acting on behalf of the company?
  7. Are you an officer or representative of a Trust, with total assets in excess of $5,000,000, acting on behalf of the trust?

Credit Examples for Tax Year 2017 and 2018 Below

PA Resident expects the following changes for tax year 2018:

Property Taxes  $ 8,000

State Income Taxes  $10,000

Local income taxes  $ 2,000

Total  $20,000

Only $10,000 of state and local taxes are deductible under the new law. The remainder is not.

  • If a PA resident contributes $11,111 to a SPE, they will receive a 90% tax credit ($10,000) against PA taxes.
  • They can then also take a Federal charitable deduction of $11,111

Charitable Contribution  $11,111

Tax Credit Received  $10,000

Initial Cost to the SPE Donor  $ 1,111

Charitable Deduction  $11,111

Income Tax Rate         37%

Federal Tax Dollars Saved  $ 4,111

Federal Tax Dollars saved  $ 4,111

Initial Cost to SPE Donor  $ 1,111

Net savings  $ 3,000/year

  • This deduction calculation only applies to the extent the taxpayer itemizes and exceeds the standard deduction.
  • Tax credits must be applied against the tax liability of a donor for the tax year in which the contribution was made
  • Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back
  • Tax credits are not transferable nor refundable

* Please consult your tax professionals for specific tax treatment advice.

Example from tax year 2017:

As an individual you can become a member of the LLC and take advantage of this awesome tax credit opportunity if you have a PA tax liability and earn more than $200K ($300K jointly) or have a net worth (excluding liabilities and your primary residence) greater than $1M (this makes you a “qualified investor”) and own at least one (1) share of a company incorporated in PA (a “Pennsylvania business firm” can be any publicly traded company incorporated in Pennsylvania, e.g., Comcast).

If you don’t qualify because you aren’t invested in a company incorporated in PA, all you need to do to qualify is buy one (1) share of such a company! Not difficult at all.

The following example is for illustrative purposes only. We encourage donors to review this opportunity with a financial advisor and/or legal professional.

For each $10,000 of contribution made to the Friends Education Equity Collaborative LLC (LLC), using the 2017 tax year as the example year:

  • The contributor remits $10,000 to the LLC in 2017
  • The contributor can reduce his or her Pennsylvania (PA) tax liability by 90% of the gift, $9000 in this example
    •  When filing his or her 2017 federal return, the contributor claims a $10,000 charitable contribution on Schedule A. ($10,000 remitted to the LLC less $9000 PA tax liability reduction, net federal deduction is $1000)
  • Assuming a marginal federal tax rate of 33% (2017 estimated marginal rate for taxable income between $233,350 – $416,700 married filing jointly), the after tax impact of the $1000 claimed is $670
    • When filing his or her 2017 PA return, the contributor claims the $10,000 gift to the LLC
  • PA taxes due are reduced by 90% of the $10,000 gift, or $9000
    • Cash timing – The contributor will be out the $10,000 remitted to the LLC until he or she files their 2017 taxes unless:
      • The contributor adjusts his or her Federal and PA withholding’s after incorporating the impact of the $10,000 gift in their estimated tax liability, or
      • The contributor adjusts his or her Federal and PA quarterly estimated tax payments to incorporate the impact of the $10,000 gift in their estimated tax liability, or
      • Some combination of withholding and quarterly payments adjustments as discussed immediately above

$10,000 2017 contribution to LLC
($9000) reduction in PA 2017 tax liability
($330) reduction in Federal 2017 tax liability after claiming $10,000 charitable gift deduction on 2017 Federal Schedule A (assuming 33% marginal tax rate)
$670 Net out-of pocket LLC gift cash impact

The LLC expects minimum gifts of $3,000 per individual. There is a mandatory two-year commitment.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 10 small Friends schools each benefited $80,000 from The Friends Collaborative scholarship grants. If you are eligible, please join me in exploring this opportunity. The out-of-pocket cost to contributors is about 7 cents on every dollar of scholarship!

*Collaborative Members

Founding Schools

  • Frankford Friends School
  • Friends School Haverford
  • Goshen Friends School
  • Lansdowne Friends School
  • Media-Providence School
  • Plymouth Meeting Friends
  • The Quaker School At Horsham
  • Stratford Friends School
  • United Friends School
  • West Chester Friends School

Participating Schools

  • Abington Friends School
  • Buckingham Friends School*
  • Delaware Valley Friends School
  • Friends’ Central School
  • Friends Select School*
  • Germantown Friends School
  • Greenwood Friends School*
  • Newtown Friends School*
  • State College Friends*
  • Westtown Friends School
  • (and growing!)