October 20, 2016
The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) is hosting a seminar, Control Your Tax Destiny: Using Corporate Tax Credits In Your Community, to explain the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs. The luncheon seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe and attendees will learn how businesses may receive tax credits of 75% to 100% through qualifying contributions to the Washington County Community Foundation.
The generosity of local corporations has enabled the WCCF to award more than $1,600,000 through the EITC And OSTC programs to both private and public educational institutions in Washington County. The WCCF works with each of our corporate donors to select the educational programs that align most closely with their corporate philosophy. For example, many corporate donors wish to support educational institutions near their facilities or with whom they have a relationship.
In the most recent grant cycle, the WCCF awarded $68,000 in grants to local schools for innovative programs including $10,000 to McGuffey School District to purchase equipment needed for students to complete data analysis, a germination program, and a Tilapia breeding program with each elementary school's greenhouse and aquaponic growing system. Funding for the grants was provided by EQT Corporation, the WCCF’s first EITC contributor.
"Through the Commonwealth's EITC Program, EQT has been proud to support Washington County schools as they enhance learning techniques in the classroom, especially those in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines,” stated Stephanie Paluda, EQT Local Government and Community Affairs Specialist. “EQT is committed to partnering with programs that help students effectively prepare to compete in the workforce, have greater choices, and make positive social and economic contributions to their communities."
In addition to providing funding for innovative educational programs, scholarships are awarded to needy families for Pre-K and non-public kindergarten through grade 12 programs through the EITC and OSTC programs.
Christopher Claspy, Vice President, Washington County Area Manager of Northwest Savings Bank commented, "Tomorrow's leaders are being trained in today's classrooms. Through our support of the Washington County Community Foundation, Northwest Savings Bank has a fantastic opportunity to help fuel student success in many different ways - from providing pre-school and K-12 scholarships to financially needy children to awarding grants to public school programs that focus on the elements of a 21st-century education."
The Control Your Tax Destiny seminar is designed for Corporate Human Resource, Tax and Public Relations Professionals, Accountants, Attorneys, Bank Professionals, Entrepreneurs, School Superintendents and Business Managers. The panelists will include:
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Individuals may register online at www.wccf.net/events or by calling the Foundation office at 724-222-6330.
The WCCF promotes and facilitates charitable giving in the community and currently manages charitable assets of more than $18 million. Cumulatively, the Foundation has distributed over $7.8 million in grants and scholarships.