Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

Each year, the National Aviary engages thousands of children from schools around the region through our innovative environmental education programs, and is now reaching families and students internationally through distance learning programs. All of the National Aviary’s classes meet Pennsylvania Department of Education academic standards for science/technology and environment/ecology.

As a result, we have been officially designated as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). We are eligible for a tax-reducing donation from your company if you participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).

If your business has tax liability in the state of Pennsylvania, we can partner with you through EITC to provide tax credits. If EITC is new to you, learn more on the DCED’s EITC website.

The EITC program could enable your company to receive a PA tax credit of up to 90% of your contribution to the National Aviary. When you factor in the impact on federal taxes, your contribution can approach a 100% benefit for your company.  

A tax credit (not a tax deduction) is granted to an EITC-approved business providing proof of a contribution to the National Aviary equal to 75% of the total amount contributed during the tax year. Additionally, a tax credit equal to 90% of the total amount contributed is granted if you provide a written commitment to contribute the same amount for two consecutive years. 

This means that rather than sending your dollars outside of our community as taxes, they stay here to benefit specifically the innovative conservation education programs provided by the National Aviary. The EITC program could also provide valuable public relations benefits to your company. The bottom line is that you have the ability to positively impact thousands of students’ educational success. 

The National Aviary receives no federal funding. We rely on earned program revenue and the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals who believe in our mission to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. Our education programs provide opportunities for students to understand important conservation and environmental concepts through engaging, STEM-focused studies. For these reasons, if your company benefits from the EITC program, we ask you to consider making the National Aviary a recipient of your corporate philanthropy.

Please mail your PA EITC tax-credit donation to:

National Aviary
Attn: EITC Program
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

In return, the National Aviary will be sure to meet the DCED’s acknowledgement requirements.

For more information, contact elizabeth.zimmerman@aviary.org or call 412-258-1159.

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