Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program authorizes tax credits for businesses that make contributions to educational improvement or scholarship organizations. The EITC is administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (visit www.newpa.com and type in EITC in the search box). The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is a recognized Educational Improvement Organization under the EITC program.

The EITC Program allows businesses to make charitable contributions based on the amount of Pennsylvania state taxes they pay.  The program provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to an Educational Improvement Organization.  If the company commits to making the same donation for two consecutive years, the tax credit increases to 90%. A company authorized to do business in Pennsylvania can receive up to $750,000 in tax credits annually.

What is an Educational Improvement Organization?

An organization that provides "innovative educational programs."

What Taxes Are Eligible For Educational Improvement Tax Credits?

Companies may apply for the credit against any of the following Pennsylvania taxes:

  • 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
  • Gross Receipts Tax
  • Tax under the Insurance Company Law of 1921
  • Personal Income Tax

How to Apply?

Applications are approved on a first-come, first served basis by date submitted. The DCED will notify businesses that have been approved.  After receiving approval, businesses have 60 days to make the contribution to an approved Educational Improvement Organization.  For More Information, including Deadlines for Applying, visit the DCED website:  CLICK HERE.

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How are EITC funds utilized by The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia?



EITC funds will support the out-of-school time programs, specifically Project Based Learning, Music, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education for students in kindergarten to 8th grade.  The overarching goal of The Salvation Army’s out-of-school time programs is to foster productive, fruitful adult lives for youth through positive, well-rounded growth experiences. As the mission of the Salvation Army is to meet the human needs of people in their respective communities, programs aim to fulfill one of the most basic needs of children: education and exploration. With education, youth will be prepared to flourish in their future careers; through exploration, their knowledge is broadened to relate to the larger world and they find new interests which aids in self-discovery.

Project Based Learning

During the school year and summer, Benjamin Franklin School students are fully immersed in project-based learning activities, 3 to 5 hours per week.  Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an interdisciplinary approach that engages students in learning through discovery and investigation.  Students become thinkers and problem-solvers as they explore their interests, build on their knowledge and skills, design, research, explore and investigate issues and topics of concern to them and their communities. PBLs follow the interests of the students. PBLs are student-centered and student directed.

STEM Education

Through its PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP), TSA supplements school science education with fun, exciting, hands-on activities to develop the STEM skills for 65 4th to 8th-grade students using the curriculum developed by the National Energy Education Development Project.  Students spend 12 weeks in the spring, 3 days a week, various topics related to electricity and energy.  In the fall and summer, students in 3rd to 8th grades are immersed in other STEM-related activities.


Every week throughout the school year students enrolled in Citadel Corps program participate in music and dance.  Dance classes including jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop culminate in two recitals. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Chorus (K to 4th grade) and Ableton Studio (5th and 6th grade). The goal of the Ableton studio is music production and fostering creativity and musical intuitiveness. Choral groups at Citadel as well as at other Salvation Army sites across the city focus on proper vocal technique, pitch matching, tonal development, rhythm, and note reading. The Kroc Corps Community Center’s music program, Let’s Play!, is in partnership with Tune Up Philly is an el sistema inspired education. We offer lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, and Trumpet. In FY 2017, 40 Students were enrolled. Students performed a total of 6 times at the Kroc, the Union League of Philadelphia, Temple University, and the Kimmel Center. Program outcomes align with PA Academic Standard - 9.1. Production, Performance, and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Children with no musical experience at the start of the season in September will be able to perform proficiently alongside more experienced students. As with previous years, all returning Kroc Students will have the opportunity to perform at Philadelphia Youth Orchestra headquarters, to receive a potential scholarship. 


For more information about donating to The Salvation Army through the EITC program, please contact:

Major Tawny Cowen-Zanders
Divisional Secretary for Greater Philadelphia, MSNMP, CFRE 

The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division
701 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Email: Tawny.Cowen-Zanders@use.salvationarmy.org 
Office215 787 2800