Unpacking the Past Program for Philadelphia's 7th graders at the Penn Museum

Support the Penn Museum Through the Pennsylvania EITC

The Penn Museum is an approved Educational Improvement Organization under Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). This designation recognizes our learning programs as enhancing the curriculum of public schools and enables businesses that support our learning programs to receive generous tax credits.

Eligible businesses can apply to receive tax credits equal to 75% of their contribution to the Penn Museum’s learning programs (up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year). Businesses who agree to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years can receive 90% of the contribution as a tax credit.

Children learning in the Museum

How Your Gift Can Help

The Penn Museum connects K–12 students and teachers with its world-renowned collections and curriculum-based programs that complement, enrich, and extend classroom learning. Your EITC eligible contribution will help support free access to the Penn Museum’s learning programs for students at financially challenged schools, including:

  • Unpacking the Past, a landmark partnership program with the School District of Philadelphia that reached over 5,400 seventh-grade students studying ancient Egypt and Rome last year. The free program offers multiple touchpoints at the Museum and in classrooms across the city.
  • Guided museum tours that facilitate a deeper understanding of ancient civilizations and modern cultures.
  • Access and learning programs that enable students with autism and other disabilities to participate in our programs, including Unpacking the Past. Our access programs intertwine academics with social and life skills.
  • The International Classroom program which arranges for international residents, students, and scholars living in the region to give presentations about their countries of origin and their cultures to students.
  • Interactive workshops, like our popular Mummy Makers workshop, that offers experiential learning with hands-on activities, props, and replica artifacts.
  • Outreach lessons in classrooms across the city that teach students about archaeology and anthropology.
  • Professional development that gives teachers direct access to archaeological and anthropologic experts as well as creative ideas for integrating museum resources into curricula.

In appreciation of your business’ support of our educational programs, EITC donors will be recognized on the Museum’s website as well as in the annual report and field trip planner.


How to Apply

Businesses can access the application and additional information on the EITC program on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s website. Applications for businesses currently participating in the program are due May 16. Initial applications for businesses are due July 1. Tax credit applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted.

For more information, contact Rosemary Perez, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215.898.6733.

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