The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County is an approved scholarship foundation for the Virginia Department of Education. We are authorized to accept donations for the state’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit Program. Before applying for tax credits for your clients or yourself, please contact us so we can help you adhere to state guidelines.
Gifts to this program provide scholarships for qualified, low-income students at non-public PK-12 schools in Virginia. Individual or business donors receive a state tax credit equal to 65 percent of the donation.
For individuals, the minimum donation is $500. The maximum donation for individuals and married couples is $125,000. There is no minimum or maximum limit for any business entity. Individuals can use the tax credits against their Virginia personal income tax liability. Businesses can claim the tax credits against:
- Virginia Corporate Income Taxes
- Virginia Bank Franchise Tax
- Virginia Insurance Premiums License Tax
- Virginia Public Service Corporations Tax
- Personal Income Taxes via pass-through entities such as S-Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships.
The amount of the tax credits may not exceed the donor’s tax liability for the year in which the credit is claimed, but tax credits may be carried over for up to five succeeding years.
Donations strengthen our community through scholarships for low-income students.
Donations through this program are used to provide scholarships for eligible students at approved non-public PK-12 schools. Students must apply to their school for scholarship funds. The Community Foundation does not limit scholarships to students of one school and donors may not designate funds for a specific student. Current qualified schools are:
- Blue Ridge Christian School, Bridgewater
- Community School, Roanoke
- Cornerstone Christian School, Harrisonburg
- Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg
- Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown
We guide you through the process to secure Virginia tax credits for your clients.
Before applying for tax credits for your clients, please contact us so we can help you adhere to state guidelines for this program.
- Obtain a blank Preauthorization Form.
- Return the completed form to us and we will submit it by secure electronic system to VDOE for approval.
- Within minutes, VDOE will send a Preauthorization Notice directly to us for your client indicating that tax credits have been approved. Those credits will be held for your client for 180 days. IMPORTANT: Do not write a check or transfer securities before receiving the Preauthorization Notice.
- Return the Preauthorization Notice with Part I filled out and signed along with a check or securities transfer information to us within 180 days of the date of the Notice. IMPORTANT: Checks must be dated and securities gifts must be initiated after the date of the Preauthorization Notice. Make checks payable to The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County. Do not indicate a designation for a specific school. Funds are divided among eligible students at qualified schools.
- Within 20 days of receiving a gift, we will send your client a gift acknowledgement and send VDOE evidence that the donation was made. We will obtain a Tax Credit Certificate for your client. The Tax Credit Certificate must be attached to the tax return in which the credits are being claimed.