CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, April 22, 2015 – A job-readiness and career-exploration program offered by the YouthWorks Program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as eligible to receive charitable donations from businesses that qualify for state tax credits. YouthWorks’ JumpStart Success Program provides educational materials and support to schools and organizations to help youth discover their interests and talents, identify promising career paths, and conduct successful job searches.

Under the DCED’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, for-profit businesses can designate donations to YouthWorks for tax credits beginning May 15, 2015. For Pennsylvania businesses, this can mean a tax credit equal to 75 percent of the charitable contribution during one taxable year. A tax credit of 90 percent of the contribution may be granted if the business makes a two-year consecutive donation.

YouthWorks’ JumpStart Success program was selected to participate because it is an educational improvement program that enhances both the curriculum and the academic environment in public schools. YouthWorks qualifies for the EITC tax credit program under Category B: Innovative Educational Program.  For more information about YouthWorks JumpStart Success, visit: www.youthworksinc.org.  State funding for the EITC program becomes available on May 15 for businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment or for business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 15/16 to renew their 2-year commitment. July 1 is the open date for all other businesses that are making a first-time contribution to a particular non-profit.   

Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible before funding is exhausted. Details and a one-page application form are available at: www.newpa.com

For more information about making a monetary contribution to Goodwill, visit: www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-money, or call Annette Hostoffer, Director of Development, at 412-632-1941. 

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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