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All About EITC/OSTC Programs for Individuals and Businesses

Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

Pennsylvania allows individuals and business owners to redirect their PA tax liability to the EITC program to support critical scholarships for Kohelet Yeshiva students.

Individuals and business owners can participate in the EITC program. Participants receive a 90% tax credit for the amount of their contribution and may also be able to claim a federal charitable deduction.

This means it costs less than a dime for each scholarship dollar you give to Kohelet students!

  • Business owners can apply for their own EITC awards.

o   Businesses apply directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for their own EITC award in the amount of their PA tax liability.

o   If awarded, businesses make their EITC contribution to a DCED-approved Scholarship Organization (SO). Kohelet Yeshiva partners with the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools (FJDS), which is an approved SO for this purpose, and you can designate our school as the ultimate recipient for your funds.

o   FJDS has step-by-step instructions for business owners wishing to apply for their own awards at EITC Forms and Instructions – Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (

  • Business owners and individuals can join a Special Purpose Entity managed by our partners at the Pennsylvania Education Partnership LLC.

o   Special Purpose Entities (SPEs) are the Pennsylvania-created vehicle for facilitating participation by individuals and business owners in the EITC program.

o   PEP LLC manages dozens of SPEs with significant tax credit awards.

o   The minimum annual contribution is $6,000.

o   You can join a PEP SPE by completing an Operating Agreement and then submitting our EITC contribution.

o   To learn more or to get started, please email PEP Executive Director Gwen Horowitz at [email protected].

Try our EITC Calculator to learn how much you can contribute to the EITC program at 


As always, please consult your tax adviser regarding your specific circumstances.


For questions about the EITC program or other giving opportunities to support Kohelet Yeshiva, please email Amanda Kohn at [email protected].