Giving Through the Educational Tax Improvement Credit Program

Giving Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

The EITC program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is one more way that businesses can vitally support Wildlands Conservancy’s environmental education focus.

Why Your Business Should Give Through EITC

A tomorrow for conservation is only as secure as the environmental stewards we educate to foster it.

Whether it’s an inner-city child experiencing his first canoe-side view of the Lehigh River, or creek life magnified by a microscope – Wildlands’ environmental education programs cultivate an appreciation for nature’s gifts by immersing school-age children in it.

Receive a Tax Credit

Eligible businesses can receive a tax credit equal to 75-90% of their contribution. To gain the maximum, businesses must provide a written commitment to donate the same amount for two consecutive years.

Eligibility & Application

To learn if your business is eligible and begin the application process, visit the PA Department of Community & Economic Development.

Businesses Supporting Wildlands Through EITC

EITC funding from the following supporting businesses is being put to work educate future environmental stewards in schools, on the river and in outdoor classrooms.

  • Avalon Insurance Company
  • BB&T
  • Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits, LLP
  • Embassy Bank of the Lehigh Valley
  • Fulton Bank
  • PPL Corporation
  • The Neffs National Bank
  • UGI Utilities
  • Waste Management
  • Weis Markets, Inc.
  • IN SCHOOLS: Programming tied to Pennsylvania’s academic standards for environment and ecology in support of the state’s STEM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is provided annually to more than 21,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12.

  • ON THE RIVER Bike & Boat Adventures programming provides school-age children a firsthand experience with our treasured Lehigh River.

  • IN OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS: Our local natural areas, including the Lehigh River, Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, South Mountain Preserve and  Trexler Nature Preserve, are often where our environmental-stewardship lessons unfold.

Your EITC giving will directly support in-school programs and field experiences, including:

  • Lessons on animal adaptations
  • Lessons on non-point source pollution
  • Bike & Boat Adventures
  • Habitat hikes
  • Introduction to insects
  • Naturalist-building program
  • Macroinvertebrate water-health study
  • Macros and microscopes


Questions about Giving Through EITC?

Contact Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President of Development & Communications
610.965.4397 X126