Give to The Franklin Institute through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit!
Your PA Tax Dollars Can Become Scholarships!
The Franklin Institute's programs are Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) approved, and we are looking forward to participating during the 2017–2018 school year. The EITC program gives generous tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an educational improvement organization, like The Franklin Institute.
If you have not taken advantage of the EITC program in the past, it is easy to participate. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website to apply. Businesses can donate to The Franklin Institute through the program and receive tax credits equal to 75 percent of the contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. The contribution may also be deducted for federal tax purposes.
The Franklin Institute's programs are signature educational experiences that give students from under-resourced communities the opportunity to experience in-depth science enrichment here at the museum. With your gift through the EITC program, you can help us continue to forward our mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.
In 2018, as a part of the strategic plan prepared ahead of our bicentennial in 2024, The Franklin Institute is reinvigorating its longstanding youth education programs. Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) will continue on with a renewed commitment to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Our highly successful STEM Scholars programs will be renamed The Franklin Institute Pathfinders, a four-year, out-of-school enrichment program for high school students that distinguishes itself from its predecessor and other programs in that it allows students to gear their learning towards one of two paths: college preparation or career & technical education (CTE).
The following programs are EITC-approved for the current fiscal year:
Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. Established in 1993, the PACTS Program engages 60 middle school students to develop vital skills in public speaking, critical thinking, computing, management, research and laboratory learning, leadership, and service after school and in the summer. Nearly 2,000 students from the greater Philadelphia area have nurtured their passion for technology and science as a part of PACTS while developing vital skills in public speaking, critical thinking, computer applications, and team management. Overall, 100% of PACTS seniors committed to local or national colleges and universities, as compared to the School District of Philadelphia graduation rate of 67%. Graduates of the program remain committed after graduation by serving as mentors for current students and raising scholarship funds through the PACTS alumni board.
80 high school students in Pathfinders will take part in weekly, hands-on workshops during the academic year and an intensive summer program, giving motivated students from under-resourced schools unique opportunities for academic enrichment, site visits and real-world learning, paid internships and apprenticeships, test preparation, and college/career counseling. Pathfinders select a project-based learning and supplementary skills-building path such as college preparation or career & technical education (CTE). Pathfinders develop a STEM-focused business plan with their specific cohort as a part of the Pitch Project Initiative, gaining experience in ideation and prototyping, evaluation and critique, network building, and lastly, experience in leadership and teamwork. Pathfinders train as specialized STEM docents, taking up paid positions as ”ambassadors” on the Institute floor and beyond.
Student Access Program
The Institute is committed to bringing individuals from under-resourced neighborhoods into the museum and to bringing science to them in their own communities. Through the Student Access Program, the Institute provides deeply discounted admission to more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year, including more than 30,000 students from the region’s Title I schools—such as every public school in Philadelphia—who are admitted at no cost. Many students and schools would not be able to take advantage of the tremendous educational resources available at the Institute without this discount, and as part of each school visit, students engage directly with museum educators. Supported by a wide array of professional development courses for teachers, field trips to The Franklin Institute engage curious students throughout the region.