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Supporting Etown as a Foundation or Corporation

Elizabethtown College enjoys support from a wide range of foundations and corporations. Institutional Advancement works in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and campus partners to develop relationships that cultivate, secure, and steward external grant funding (scholarships, capital gifts, sponsorships, and matching gifts).

Etown’s top priorities include scholarship funding, student signature learning experiences (internships, research, study abroad, community service, and capstone projects), faculty programs, capital needs, and connecting employers with our talented students.

There are many ways that your organization can engage with Etown. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to contact Lesley Finney, Executive Director of Foundation & Government Relations, and/or the staff noted below for specific programs.

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Opportunities for Corporate and Foundation Giving

Institutional Advancement and the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs work across campus to develop sponsored projects and grants related to corporate, foundation, and government programs. 

To learn more, contact Lesley Finney, Executive Director of Foundation & Government Relations, at or 717-361-1445.

Elizabethtown College corporate athletic partnerships provide your business with a variety of marketing activities to reach the Etown market and alumni community while supporting our successful Blue Jay teams and talented student-athletes.

Learn more about how your business can partner with Blue Jay Athletics through signage, print, and online sponsorships by contacting Cori Breault, Director of Relationship Management and Advancement Operations, at or 717-361-1498.

Etown is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) and utilizes EITC funding to support our Science in Motion (SIM) program. SIM provides more than 6,000 middle and high school students in 14 school districts with access to and training on research-quality equipment used for hands-on, inquiry-based lab exercises in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, environmental education, robotics, and general STEM.

What is it?

The EITC program provides companies with a direct tax credit of up to 90% for a two-year commitment toward the amount a business owes in state taxes. The program leaves companies with a much smaller state tax bill while providing educational resources and programming to thousands of students and teachers in our region.

How does it work?

Companies receive a 75% tax credit for a one-year commitment and a 90% tax credit for a two-year commitment. Companies then owe state taxes of either 25% or 10%. The process is as follows:

  • Company registers online and submits the Single Application for Assistance form available at The company designates Etown as an EIO on the Commitment Selections section.
  • Company receives approval and has 60 days to make the donation to Etown.
  • Etown promptly provides an official receipt to the company.
  • Company has 90 days to submit the proof of contribution receipt letter from Etown to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Is my business eligible and which state taxes apply?

Your business is eligible to participate if it pays any of the following taxes: Bank Shares Tax, Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax, Corporate Net Income Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Malt Beverage Tax, Mutual Thrift Tax, Personal Income Tax, Surplus Lines Tax, or Title Insurance and Trust Company Shares Tax.

For Program Guidelines: More information can be found at EITC Program Organization Guidelines and Application. For specific information about how this program can benefit your business, please contact your accountant and/or financial advisor.

Contact: Lesley Finney, Executive Director of Foundation & Government Relations, at or 717-361-1445 or Cori Breault, Director of Relationship Management and Advancement Operations, at or 717-361-1498.

Business Impact Scholarships are annual scholarships that support Etown students who have financial need. Your scholarship, named for your business, enables the College to recruit and retain the best and brightest while providing greater access to an outstanding Etown experience.

Visit our Scholarships page or contact Cori Breault, Director of Relationship Management and Advancement Operations, at or 717-361-1498 to learn more or to create your Business Impact Scholarship. 

Enhance your gift to Etown by participating in your company’s matching gift program. Click here to learn if your company provides matching gifts or contact Ben Osterhout, Director of Annual Giving, at or 717-361-3749.

Etown is home to the High Center, one of the largest family business centers in the country. High Center membership is open to family and closely held private businesses with revenue greater than $3 million in sales and 15 or more employees.

With nearly 175 member companies whose combined revenue is more than $13 billion and who employ more than 24,000, the High Center offers programs designed to address the unique needs of family business owners and managers. 

For more information, contact Lisa Rosenberger, Program & Member Development Manager, at or 717-361-1275.

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