Ways to Give

Annual Fund – Like all independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of an Erie Day School education for everyone. The Annual Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student. It is a vital part of the annual operating budget, contributing to every part of the school’s operation, such as: financial assistance; professional development; visual and performing art supplies; athletics; technology improvements; buildings and grounds needs; and more. Your donation, by December 31st each year, improves the quality of education each student receives as EDS prepares the next generation of graduates.

EITC/OSTC – For anyone who owns a business or can influence a business owner who pays business taxes in PA, consider this – if the business qualifies and makes a donation to Erie Day School, up to 90% of that donation amount can be taken off a company’s bottom line at tax time. That means: a $1,000 donation has a net cost of $100; a $40,000 donation has a net cost of $4,000; and a $100,000 donation has a net cost of $10,000. While it costs the business ten cents on the dollar, every penny of the donation goes directly to Erie Day School scholarships. To receive tax credits, businesses must be approved to make contributions to Scholarship Organizations; Pre-K Scholarship Organizations; and/or Opportunity Scholarship Organizations – of which Erie Day School is among. Applications for the EITC/OSTC Programs must now be completed and submitted online at newPA.com or www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Applications for tax credits for program fiscal year 2019-20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019, and are processed on a first-come-first-served basis by submission date.

Endowment – Building our endowment is essential to Erie Day School’s long-term sustainability, helping us to continue providing an outstanding learning environment for future generations of students. Endowment gifts are professionally invested to provide long-term growth income for the School’s technology systems, financial aid, and faculty support. Gifts to the endowment may be of any size, and every gift will make a difference in the life of a future student at Erie Day School.

Erie Gives Day – Thanks to everyone who donated during Erie Gives Day this year!  Held on August 13th, 2019, Erie Gives Day included a pro-rated match percentage of each donation made to Erie Day School from a pool of over $300,000 - making your gift go even further.  Donations positively impact the quality of education our students receive and set the foundation for their lifelong learning.  For additional information, go to www.eriegives.org

The Fund for Erie Day School - The recent Erie Day School expansion and renovation created new classroom space, including areas for performing and visual arts and a new gym, and renovated existing space to better match the needs of our students.  By renovating all of the facility upgrades at once, a cost saving of more than $500,000 was achieved. It was also the perfect opportunity to implement important safety upgrades including security cameras, monitors, shatterproof windows for lower level classrooms and stairwell, and an intercom system that links every classroom.  Our current facilities now match the excellence of our student body, faculty, and curriculum.  The Fund for Erie Day School is the best way to raise the required capital funds, giving the community an opportunity to support the next phase in Erie Day School history.  This critical fund will require supporters to make significant financial commitments commensurate within their means.

Matching Gifts – Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Erie Day School parents, alumni and friends to maximize personal contributions and increase the impact of their gift. By taking advantage of a company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution.  Erie Day School has received matching gifts from Erie Insuranceand PNC Bank among others. 

In Memory / In Honor of - Tribute and memorial gifts in honor of friends and family are an especially meaningful way to celebrate special occasions and remember loved ones while supporting Erie Day School. Contributions can be made in support of specific programs or departments upon your request. Please include the name and address of the honored individual or family, and we will notify them of your thoughtful and considerate gesture. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

Planned Giving – Planned giving offers you the chance to give to Erie Day School now or after your lifetime, helping you align your charitable giving with your overall financial and estate plans. Many giving options even offer you financial benefits, allowing you to make the greatest impact on our students while maintaining the future security of you and your loved ones. Thank you for considering a legacy gift to Erie Day School.

Scholarships – Erie Day School offers donors the ability to offer a scholarship to a deserving student based upon various criteria of their choosing.  Contact Kim Connelly, Director, Admissions and Enrollment Management, at 814-452-4273 for additional information.

Spartan Fund – The Erie Day School faculty and coaches help students become effective leaders and team players – both in the traditional classroom and numerous activities outside of the classroom. In this way, students develop character as much as good sportsmanship and physical skill – enriching the experiences of our student population. Unfortunately, some Erie Day School families have financial limitations that make it difficult to have their student(s) participate in extracurricular activities (examples of needed costs include: fees for experiential trips or tournaments, costumes/ uniforms and equipment). The Erie Day School Spartan Fund was established in 2012 to help those student(s) and families in need. Spartan Fund allocations are not to exceed $100 per student/per year.

Wish List – Throughout every school year, Erie Day School faculty modify and expand their curriculum which enhances a students’ learning but may have unexpected costs. Posted in the EDS Chalkboard are items from faculty that can be donated or purchased for a classroom.