Lehigh Valley Zoo is proud to be recognized as an Education Improvement Organization. The Zoo's innovative education programs are made possible in part by corporate donations made through the state's EITC program.
What Is the EITC Program?
Through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, a qualified business can fund education rather than pay a percentage of its state taxes. To do this, the business makes a gift, through the EITC program, to an EITC-registered scholarship organization or an EITC-registered education improvement organization.* The state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) gives the business a tax credit equal to a percentage of the business's contribution.
By making an EITC donation to Lehigh Valley Zoo, your tax dollars help fund wildlife conservation and environmental education - connecting generation of families to the natural world.
Did You Know? More 35,000 students participate in Lehigh Valley Zoo's formal education programs each year!
Is Your Company Eligible?
A company is eligible to participate in EITC if the company pays one of these six taxes:
- Corporate Net Income Tax
- Capital Stock Franchise Tax
- Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
- Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
- Insurance Premiums Tax
- Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
How Does a Company Apply to Participate?
A company applies to participate by completing a one-page application form. The form is available by calling the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) at (717) 787-7120 or online at www.newpa.com/EITC. On the EITC page, find information and an application by clicking EITC Business Guidelines.
When Should a Company Apply?
Whether your business is a new or renewing EITC applicant, be aware that the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) allocates credits on a first-come, first-served basis. Businesses first in line with their applications and allocation requests will be able to contribute to their chosen scholarship organization or educational program. When the tax credits dispensed equal the total credits allocated for the year, DCED can offer no additional credits and businesses cannot contribute through EITC during that year.
Come see for yourself all that Lehigh Valley Zoo has to offer your business. The success of Lehigh Valley Zoo depends in large part on the active participation of the business community. We need your leadership, your involvement and your investment in the Zoo. A partnership with Lehigh Valley Zoo offers opportunities for its business partners to capitalize on the Zoo's universal appeal and not only "reach" their audience, but to support one of the community's most vibrant wildlife conservation education institutions in the region. For a personal on-site tour of the Zoo, additional information regarding the EITC program, Business Partner Program, and a variety of volunteer opportunities, please contact Richard D. Molchany, President & CEO, Lehigh Zoological Society at 610-799-4171 ext. 226, email@example.com or Shirley Kline, Director of Development & Marketing at 610-799-4171, ext. 223, firstname.lastname@example.org.