Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

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Support YWCA Bethlehem through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program!

By contributing to the YWCA Bethlehem through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, businesses can receive significant tax savings while supporting the YWCA’s effort to educate and empower girls through our afterschool programs!

What is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit?

The PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), enables businesses to receive a generous tax credit for donations made to eligible nonprofit Educational Improvement Organizations, such as the YWCA Bethlehem, that provide innovative educational programs in local schools.

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) is available to businesses authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that are subject to the following taxes:

  • Personal Income Tax
  • Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Bank Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
  • Mutual Thrift Tax
  • Malt Beverage Tax
  • Retaliatory Fees under section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921

Businesses can receive tax credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year and can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if a business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis once submissions open on July 1. More information about specific eligibility and applications can be found at the DCED website.

If you would like to designate YWCA Bethlehem for an EITC contribution, you will find us listed as “YWCA of Bethlehem” on the DCED “Educational Improvement Organizations” page.

YWCA Bethlehem’s EITC Approved Programs

YWCA Bethlehem is an approved EITC Educational Improvement Organization and delivers two innovative afterschool programs to girls in the Bethlehem Area School District, TechGYRLS and WeBUILD.

The TechGYRLS Afterschool STEM Program delivers high-caliber educational enrichment to girls in 10 schools in the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD). The program provides hands on exploration of computer coding, animation, science, engineering and robotics in an all-female mentoring environment.  TechGYRLS works with girls in grades 3 through 8 to close the gender gap that persists in many STEM fields such as engineering and computer science. More broadly, the program emphasizes the importance of education, teamwork, and persistence.

Corporate EITC contributions account for more than 60% of the TechGYRLS program budget and ensures that YWCA Bethlehem can provide the program at no cost to the participants or our partner schools.

YWCA Bethlehem is excited to launch our new workforce development and education program, WeBUILD, in Fall 2020.  WeBUILD is a hands-on empowerment program for young women and girls in 7th through 12th grades that teaches them all aspects of the contracting and construction industries through after school programming, on-site field experience, job shadowing and mentorship. YWCA Bethlehem will launch Foundations, WeBUILD’s on-site, after school program, where girls in the 7th and 8th grades will be introduced to various trades vital to the construction industry through hands-on, interactive learning at Northeast and Broughal Middle Schools this fall.

YWCA Bethlehem appreciates contributions from the following EITC donors:

American Bank

Avalon Insurance


East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Embassy Bank

Fulton Bank

PPL Electric Utilities

Weis Markets