From the Cradle of Liberty, Pennsylvania Leads the Nation with Private School Tax Credit Programs.
Penngift’s Tax Credit Scholarship Organization Initiative
Penngift’s Tax Credit Scholarship Organization initiative has provided millions of dollars to
private schools from Donors like your Company for 17 years. The Scholarship Organization Tax
Credit Programs Legislation (now, EITC, Pre-K, and OSTC) was written in 2001 by two Penngift
Board Members during the Ridge Administration. Penngift is a Scholarship intermediary solely
dedicated to helping private schools throughout Pennsylvania. Penngift Foundation, Inc. is
the Commonwealth’s leading policy Scholarship Organization.
Penngift’s Board (see below)
Penngift’s Board and Administration effort is proactive. This involves thousands of direct and
personal letters, phone calls and professional support in services with the Govt. Administration,
Commonwealth Legislators, Committees, Agencies and professionals retained by Penngift . All
to support private school Scholarship Awards to needy families/students. Why? The answer is
that our Board and staff consider this primarily a stewardship responsibility to Tax Credit Donors
and Private School families. Developing a strategic donor base for the future financial strength
of Donor-designated schools from the Tax Credit Programs is Penngift's paramount objective.
Building a Private School’s expanding proprietary Tax Credit donor base is a long-term, strategic
Penngift focuses on Three Strategic Priorities for their Donors Designated Schools:
A distinction of Penngift is to maintain absolute strict confidentiality about each donor name that is included in a School’s proprietary Donor Base, unless otherwise desired by the Donor. The former Speaker Pro Tem of the PA House, the Hon. Jerry Birmelin, is Penngift’s Eastern PA Regional Coordinator and an educator, Dr. Kathleen Miller, is our Western PA Regional Coordinator. These leaders facilitate school Tax Credit development programs.
Penngift Board of Directors
Robert L. Cone
Mr. Cone has championed national
efforts to promote school choice through
private tuition grants and tax funded
alternatives. He is a former co-owner of
Graco Children’s Products, Inc., a world
leader in juvenile product manufacturing. Mr. Cone
has also established two private charitable foundations.
John M. Cassidy
Dr. Cassidy is currently the Managing
Director of Penngift Foundation. He is a
consultant in international finance, risk management and government affairs. He has
served as a New York Stock Exchange
Company Executive, Dir. of Strategic Planning, Fmr. American Exp. Fin. Services, Chief Financial Officer of Graco Children’s Products and
Managing Director of CF Capital, Inc.
The Honorable Sam Rohrer is President of the
American Pastors Network, a national broadcast
and educational organization . For 18 years, he
served in Pennsylvania’s House of
Representatives and was the Chairman of the
Commonwealth Caucus. As a long-time member
of the House Education and Appropriations
Committees, he has promoted and
implemented legislation that supports private
education and school choice for Pennsylvania
The Hon. Mark Gillen is a PA Representative in the Legislature serving since 2011. Rep. Gillen is an Act 48 PA Certified Educator and a Licensed PA Emergency Medical Technician. He is a member House Education Committee, Secretary of the PA House Veterans Affairs Committee and former correctional officer in PA, also serving in local municipal and county levels.
The Hon. Jom Cox has served as a PA Representative in the Legislature since 2007. Rep. Cox is a Member of the Health, Judiciary, Labor & Industry and Urban Affairs Committees, serving the 129th District including parts of Berks and Lancaster Counties. Rep. Cox is a graduate of the Regent University School of Law. He served at the Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, VA.
Mr. Thacker is Founder and CEO of Right Ideas, Inc., a strategic planning and advisory group. For more than 30 years he has advised businesses in the identification and implementation of high tech solutions. As a PhD candidate, Mr. Thacker has focused on helping CEOs become Transformational Servant Leaders able to contend with the digital disruption of today's invasive technologies. As a "CyberSmart Advisor" he is in demand as a leadership coach and strategist.