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Pennsylvania – Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

The Pennsylvania legislature enacted and launched the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program in 2001. The program offers tax credits for corporate contributions to the following nonprofit organizations: Scholarship Organizations (SOs), which provide private school scholarships; Educational Improvement Organizations (EIOs), which support innovative programs in public schools; or prekindergarten scholarship organizations (PKSOs). A corporation’s tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made with tax credit equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. This can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years.

Jump Street has been serving Central Pennsylvania communities for more than 35 years and for more than a decade has been privileged to serve under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program in two ways:

As an Educational Improvement Organization(EIO) – This funding has allowed us to provide innovative programs for youth by implementing unique educational offerings that focus on the arts and workforce development. A sample of our approved programs listed below.

  • Arts in Education Artist Residencies – an initiative to place highly skilled artists into educational settings to connect the arts to core subjects
  • and™ magazine – the only teen magazine in Pennsylvania written by teens for teens
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As a Scholarship Organization(SO) – providing scholarships/tuition assistance to students in need throughout the Capital Region. To tie the EITC Scholarship Organization program to the Jump Street mission, Jump Street has elected to include an arts requirement for all awarded scholarships. Our scholarships have the value added of creating an opportunity for a family cultural experience. The student and his/her family must complete at least one of four Art Focus activities listed below.

  • Art Focus Activity 1: (Grades 8-12 only) Contribute an original article or artwork suitable for publication to AND magazine or serve on the magazine’s editorial advisory panel. This activity is for Grade 8-12 students only.
  • Art Focus Activity 2: Attend an art event and write a report ( i.e., exhibit at State Museum, Gallery Walk, gallery show, or performance.
  • Art Focus Activity 3: Read a book(s) and write a report on art related topic, such as famous artist or art form.
  • Art Focus Activity 4 (For K-1 only) Complete activity 2 or 3 and submit a drawing with a sentence on back describing activity.