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Support the Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) in building community and business partnerships and generating resources that will inspire students and teachers and that will encourage innovation and excellence in Colonial's classrooms.

If you have questions or would like to get involved in the CSDEF, please contact Denise Marks, Colonial School District's Director of Development, at 610-834-1670. ext. 2151, or click here to send an email.

Donate

Ways to Give to the Foundation


Annual Fund

Help us reach our goal of raising $25 per student this year!











Teacher Tribute














Memorial Gift











Teacher Grant Program









The Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF) is recognized as a charitable organization by the IRS, section 501(c)(3). Your tax deductible donation may also be eligible for matching funds from you or your spouse’s employer.

If you'd like to donate check, please make it out to the Colonial School District Education Foundation and send it to:

Colonial School District Education Foundation
Attn: Denise Marks
230 Flourtown Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


Thank you for your support!

EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) for Businesses

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), a convenient way for businesses to support Colonial School District students

Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, businesses have the opportunity to direct their tax dollars to support special projects in Colonial School District schools through the Colonial School District Education Foundation (CSDEF). Businesses that are approved for the EITC program would receive a 75% credit of the amount donated — or a 90% credit if the company provides a written two-year commitment at the same donation level. Eligible companies may take up to $300,000 in tax credits per year. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.

What businesses are eligible to participate?

Businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to one of more of the following taxes:

  • Personal Income Tax
  • Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Bank Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
  • Mutual Thrift Tax
  • Malt Beverage Tax
  • Retaliatory Fees under section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921

How do business apply?

Pennsylvania businesses can begin applying for EITC credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) electronic single application system. Click here to view or download the DCED's business application guide that explains the process of applying. Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day’s applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

Business application timeline:

  • May 15 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 17/18 to renew their 2-year commitment.
  • May 15 – Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment.
  • July 3 – All other businesses including initial applicants and those applicants wishing to submit an additional application on top of their previously submitted 2-year commitment.

Colonials’ approved programs for funding:

PROGRAM 1: K-12 STEAM - MAKERSPACE/INNOVATION LABS

Makerspace/Innovation Labs encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). In Makerspace/Innovation Labs, teachers allow students to make connections across different subject areas and solve problems creatively.

PROGRAM 2: OPEN MINDS PROGRAM

Open Minds is an innovation competition at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) that tasks students with researching real-world issues, identifying problems, proposing solutions and building prototypes. Teams of 2-4 students are mentored by PWHS faculty and LaSalle University students. The goals of the program include exposing students to STEAM college and career pathways, encouraging faculty across content areas to engage in STEAM activities and fostering a relationship with an area college.

PROGRAM 3: TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION

PWHS and Colonial Middle School (CMS) participate in the Technology Student Association (TSA), which provides local, state and national competitions in STEAM-related events. The events are designed to challenge student to view and explore the world around them in new ways and to provide students with the opportunity to solve real-world problems through The Four Cs (collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication), engineering design and leadership.

PROGRAM 4: COLONIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ROBOTICS TEAM

Students at PWHS and CMS in grades 6-12 who are interested in the field of robotics can participate in designing and building robots for in-school and after school activities, as well as events at local and national robotic competitions.

PROGRAM 5: GIRLS IN TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY

The Girls In Technology Academy (GIT) introduces high level technology concepts to female students entering fifth through eighth grades. The two-week summer program provides opportunities to explore, inquire and develop real-world skills related to Graphic Design and Digital Photography, Web Design, Animation and Gaming, Engineering and Robotics. The purpose of GIT is to pique the interest of girls in areas where females have been historically underrepresented.

PROGRAM 6: STEAM CAREER EXPLORATION

Through STEAM Career Exploration, PWHS students will have a chance to see STEAM careers in action firsthand and interact with guest speakers in the field. The goal of the program is to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom and have hands-on experiences in STEAM-related occupational fields of interest through job shadowing and internships.

Businesses must to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development on July 1 to be eligible. Funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Funding Areas

The Colonial School District Education Foundation is focusing its 2017-2018 funding on:

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) initiatives, including elementary "Innovation Labs" for the K-5 libraries that feature robots, 3D printers, and resources that encourage basic engineering principles.
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at Colonial Middle School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School that targets students in the academic middle and gives them the tools and support to change "if I go to college" to "when I go to college."
  • Teacher Grants that support innovative classroom projects and initiatives related to the STEAM culture in Colonial, such as project-based lessons, real-world connections, and programs that highlight The Four Cs: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration and Critical Thinking.

Sponsorship Levels

Individual Donor Levels

Colonial Contributor (<$100)

  • Donor listing in CSD Annual Report
  • Donor listing in CSDEF Annual Report

Supporter ($100-$499)

  • Donor listing on CSDEF webpage
  • Donor listing in CSD Annual Report and Spring Newsletter
  • Donor listing in CSDEF Annual Report

Advocate ($500-$999)

  • Donor listing on CSDEF webpage
  • Donor listing in CSD Annual Report and Spring Newsletter
  • Donor listing in CSDEF Annual Report

Innovator ($1000-$2499)

  • Donor listing on CSDEF webpage
  • Donor listing in CSD Annual Report and Spring Newsletter
  • Donor listing in CSDEF Annual Report

Major Donor Levels

Scholar Sponsor ($2,500-$4,999)

  • Donor listing on CSDEF webpage
  • Donor listing in CSD Annual Report and Spring Newsletter
  • Donor listing in CSDEF Annual Report
  • Post on CSDEF social media (once per year)
  • Live pregame listing of name as a sponsor at sporting events
  • Video Bulletin Board ad in gymnasiums (one per rotation)
  • Two tickets to attend and sponsor listing at CSDEF main event
  • Two tickets to attend donor recognition event
  • Private tour showing funding area

Honor Sponsor ($5,000-$7,499)

  • Benefits from Scholar Sponsor level
  • 1/4 page full color advertisement in the CSD Annual Report and Spring Newsletter
  • 1/4 page full color advertisement in the CSDEF Annual Report
  • One additional post on social media (twice per year total)

Merit Sponsor ($7,500-$9,999)

  • Benefits from Honor Sponsor level
  • Addition of logo in donor listing on CSDEF webpage.
  • One additional Video Bulletin Board ad in gymnasiums (two per rotation total)
  • Thank you slide on CITV Bulletin Board
  • Live thank you promotion read at sporting events
  • Two additional tickets to the CSDEF main event (four total)
  • Two additional tickets to attend donor recognition event (four total)

Champion Sponsor ($10,000-$14,999)

  • Benefits from Merit Sponsor level
  • Upgrade 1/4 page ad to 1/2 page full color advertisement in the CSD Annual Report
  • Two additional posts on social media (four times per year total)
  • On-air thank you promotion during CITV game coverage (once per game)
  • Two tickets to the PWHS fall play, PWHS spring musical and PWHS home sporting events

Founding Sponsor ($15,000-$24,999)

  • Benefits from Champion Sponsor level
  • Addition of link to donor listing on CSDEF webpage
  • Upgrade 1/4 page ad to 1/2 page full color advertisement in the CSD Spring Newsletter
  • Two additional posts on social media (six times per year total)
  • Additional live thank you promotion read at sporting events (two per event)
  • Additional on-air thank you promotion during CITV game coverage (twice per game)
  • Live CSD School Board Meeting Check Presentation and meet and greet
  • Small stadium banner at PWHS Colonial Field
  • Two additional tickets to the PWHS fall play, PWHS spring musical and PWHS home sporting events (four tickets for each event total)
  • Two additional tickets to the CSDEF main event (six total)
  • Two additional tickets to attend donor recognition event (six total)

Presenting Sponsor ($25,000+)

  • Benefits of the Founding Sponsor level
  • Upgrade 1/2 ad to full page color advertisement in the CSD Annual Report and CSD Spring Newsletter
  • Six additional posts on social media (12 times per year)
  • Two additional Video Bulletin Board ads in gymnasiums (four per rotation total)
  • Additional live thank you promotion read at sporting events (three per event)
  • 15-second thank you video on CITV
  • Upgrade small stadium banner to large stadium banner at PWHS Colonial Field.
  • Two additional tickets to the PWHS fall play, PWHS spring musical and PWHS home sporting events (six tickets for each event total)
  • Two additional tickets to the CSDEF main event (eight total)
  • Two additional tickets to attend donor recognition event (eight total)
  • Personalized package to use CSD facility for a private event

Naming rights are available for Major Donors above $25,000.



Trustees

Mark Bill
The Bill Consulting Group
President

Annette Swartz
Colonial School District Teacher, retired
Vice President

Jeffrey Horrow
S. Jeffrey Horrow Associates LLC
Treasurer Liaison

Rosemary Winterbottom
Lockheed Martin Corporation, retired
Corresponding Secretary

Denise Marks
Director of Development & Curriculum Supervisor for Career Readiness
Colonial School District


Jori Broad
Weichert Realtors

Dr. Michael Christian
Superintendent
Colonial School District

Brandon Cohen
Student Representative
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Class of 2018

Janet Dicenzo
Montgomery County Department of Commerce, retired

Linda Doll
Colonial Resident
Friends of Williams Jeanes Memorial Library, President

Salvatore Giannone
Sal's Barbershop

Leslie Glatz
The Penn Fund, University of Pennsylvania

Allison Greenfield
Executive Search Recruiter

Melissa Sciotto
Fitness Fusion

David M. Sherman
Community Relations Coordinator
Colonial School District

Suzanne Slattery
Colonial School District Teacher

Pat Volovnick
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Retired

Vision and Mission

CSDEF Vision:

A unified and future-ready community that supports high-quality education and takes pride in the Colonial School District

CSDEF Mission:

The CSDEF will build community connections and generate resources for expanding and enriching programs that promote excellence in the Colonial School District.


CSDEF News

Join our donors:

Presenting Sponsors ($25,000+)

Champion Sponsors ($10,000-$14,999)


Morgan Stanley Logo

Merit Sponsor ($7,500-$9,999)

The Feel the Love Campaign

Honor Sponsor ($5,000-$7,499)

Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting
Susan & Ben Sparango

Scholar Sponsors ($2,500-$4,999)

Beth Maza Special Education Fund
Covanta Plymouth Renewable Energy, LLC
Linda Gardner & Bill Doll
Subaru Matching Gift Program

Innovator Sponsors ($1,000-$2,499)

Mark Bill
Mark Bill and the Class of 1976*
Dr. & Mrs. Brown
Customized Energy Solutions
Cycle Bar Campaign
Fidelity Charitable Grant
Lisa Genovese
Andrea Abrams-Herbert*
Patricia Iannelli*
Efrain Ortiz
PRIET Charitable Trust
Sports Raffle Campaign

Advocate Donors ($500-$999)

Jason and Tara Bacani*
Wendy Davis*
Richard Derrickson&
Margaret Freels*
Dr. MaryEllen Gorodetzer*
Jamie Greenspan*
Mr & Mrs. Derrickson Hughes*
Elise Kaplan*
Denise & Gregory Marks
Richard Montella*
Rosemarie Nevergole*
Dana Olszewski*
Kathleen Oxberry*
Marsha Santangelo*
Robert Santangelo*
Mary Stanton*
Harold Steward*
Darren Sudman*
Symantec Matching Gift Program
Eileen Werth*
Andrea Weisbein-Clegg*

Supporters ($100-$499)

Amazon Smile
Jeffrey Bass
Christine Beausoleil*
Bentley STEM Grant Program (Gordon Soda)
Bentley STEM Grant Program (Jenina Smith)
Bentley STEM Grant Progam (Paige Gee)
Tracy Blumenthal
Diane and Mike Boyle*
Jason Braun*
Robert Caucci
Chipotle, Plymouth Meeting Mall
Christine Chong
Ellyn Cohen*
Brandon Cohen
Colonial SD District Office
Linda Colantino
Emily Cole*
Lisa Decinque*
Sheri Drossner*
Robert Fahler
Judi Fennell*
Freida Fisher
Joseph Fox*
GAP, Plymouth Meeting Mall
Ellen Glendinning*
Brian Goodman*
Allison Greenfield
Kenneth Grimes
Melissa Guarino*
Joann & Will Gundlach
Spencer Harris
Donna Harris*
Maureen Helferty*
Susan Henke*
Jeffrey Horrow
Ethel Hutchinson*
The Huynh Family
Melissa & Howard Johnson
Michele Kaufman
Jacquelyn Kehler*
Christine Kissinger*
Wendy Kurtz*
Alex Lefkowitz
Sarah Maisey
Maria Martinez*
Merck Foundation Matching Gift Program
Joy Miernicki
David Moen
Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home
Michael Myers*
Sandra O'Brien*
Panera Bread, Conshohocken, PA
Dean Papiernik*
Catherine and Christopher Peduzzi
Jeannette Quirus
Linda & Joseph Reilly
Jacqueline Rosenberger*
Jill Ruggiero
Robin Sandberg*
Melissa Sciotto
Christy Sfida*
David Sherman
Simons Fund
Cynthia & Robert Slagle
Suzanne Slattery
Elisa Spears
Diane Squires*
Steve Sterious*
Anthony Stipa*
Beth Suchsland
Dustin Sundy*
Annette Swartz*
Kelly Tornetta*
Marsha Turner*
Patricia Volovnik
Lori Walinsky
Donna Wakefield
Beth Zygmunt

*Renovation Item Purchase














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