FCFP is one of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s approved organizations to receive Education Improvement Tax Credits (EITC). The EITC program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania allows businesses to make gifts to approved organizations for educational purposes and in return, the business gets a tax credit for the gift. This allows businesses to designate money to local public schools for innovative programs for students. Gifts to the EITC program fund workshops with authors, artists, and performers and cover costs for equipment and materials for new programs that would not be funded by the school districts. 

In 2023, FCFP received EITC gifts from eleven businesses and was able to award $310,400 across several school districts in our region. $2,500 from Truist Bank was awarded to Loyalsock Township School District and $10,000 from High Industries, Inc. was awarded to Williamsport Area School District. Citizens & Northern Bank donated $168,900 that was dispersed to Athens, Austin, Cameron County, Coudersport, Port Alleghany, Sayre, Northern Tioga, Muncy, South Williamsport, Williamsport, Troy, Sullivan County, Wellsboro, and Southern Tioga School Districts. UPMC Health Plan donated $1,500 awarded to the Williamsport Area School District. Journey Bank donated $40,000 that was awarded to Muncy and Montgomery School Districts. Woodlands Bank awarded $65,000 distributed between Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport, Williamsport, Muncy, and East Lycoming School Districts. Susquehanna Community Bank donated $2,500 and Weis Markets, Inc. donated $1,500 to Mifflinburg Area School District. First National Bank of Pennsylvania donated $2,500 and M&T Bank donated $6,000 both to Williamsport Area School District. Jersey Shore State Bank donated $10,000 split between the Montgomery and Williamsport Area School Districts. 

“FCFP is grateful to these businesses that provide dollars for our school districts in Pennsylvania,” says Marsha Lemons, Scholastic Initiatives Officer. “It’s very exciting to see the innovative programs schools are implementing with the additional funds they would not otherwise have access to!” 

FCFP works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.

Photo of High Companies awarding $10,000 to Williamsport Area School District in October 2023.
From left to right: Jordan Ritter (High Steel), Jake Fisher (Plant Manager at High Steel), Erin Ruhl (Director of Community Engagement at FCFP), Adam Steppe (High Steel) and Matthew Fisher (Director of CTE at WAHS).