The Foundation for Jewish Day Schools, created by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the regional Jewish day schools, is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide needs-based school scholarships, with an expanded opportunity to support enhanced curriculum content for public school students.

Businesses & Individual Tax Payers Can Participate in this Program

By participating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, businesses and individuals will not only know where their tax dollars are going, they will also decide how they are being spent, all while supporting Jewish education in our community.

Individuals and business owners can participate in any or all of four distinct tax credit programs that support education.

Three of the programs, EITC (SO), Pre-K (PKSO) and OSTC provide needs-based scholarships to lower and moderate-income families which the Foundation directs to support students attending Jewish day schools and pre-schools:

EITC (SO) – Education Improvement Tax Credit for grades K-12

Pre-K (PKSO) – Pre-K Education Improvement Tax Credit program for Pre-K programs

OSTC – Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit for grades K-12

The fourth program, EIO (Education Improvement Organization) supports enhanced curriculum content provided to public school students, such as programs provided through the Youth Symposium on the Holocaust, a JCRC sponsored program; several immigrant and tolerance focused programs sponsored by the National Museum of American Jewish History, and career oriented programs provided by JEVS Human Services.

How the Program Works

The Difference We Have Made This Year

Thanks to the EITC program, and the generosity of business and individual donors, for the 2016-2017 school year, the Foundation has awarded well over $5.8 million in needs-based scholarships enabling over 700 students from low- to moderate-income homes to attend a Greater Philadelphia Jewish day school. The Foundation also awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to more than 200 preschool students.

If you have any questions regarding the EITC program, please contact Ellen Horowitz Matz, Director, Education Tax Credit Programs at 215.832.0525 or ematz@jewishphilly.org.