VA Tax Credits

What is it?

If you pay Virginia state taxes, you can complete some simple paperwork to have your gifts triple in value and support students!

The Virginia Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credit Program makes this possible. The program provides tax credits of 65% of their donations to contributors who give for accredited private schools. 

This year, EMS has 80 students who are each eligible for financial aid of about $5,000 in tax credit support. 

Please help us gain access to the more than $400,000 available this year to EMS by considering a contribution through this program. Credits are available on a first come, first served basis.

How it works

  1. Complete the Pre-Authorization Form and send to:
    VA Tax Credit Program
    The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg- Rockingham
    P.O. Box 1068, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.
    You can also email the form if you'd like. Contact us to learn more.
  2. After you’ve received the tax credit approval, contribute through the Community Foundation within 180 days, including your letter of intent to designate your contribution for eligible EMS students. 
  3. Let us know of your participation so we know when we reach our financial aid goal and can thank you! 
  4. Claim your Virginia tax credit when completing your tax returns (you will receive a tax credit certificate from the dept. of education).
Paul Leaman, head of school


Please contact Paul Leaman at 540-236-6012 or Trisha Blosser at 540-236-6024.

Why I give through the program....

"The tax credit program has allowed us to give considerably more than we could have otherwise!

For us, we’ve contributed toward the end of the year, around October or November, and we don’t receive the credit until we do our taxes. That delay between the contribution and credit is important to keep in mind. Even so, our “out of pocket” result has been about a quarter of what EMS receives, so it has been a great way to bless the school and maximize our giving."

- Current parent

"When we realized we would be able to triple our giving from last year through the program, to me it was a no-brainer! Our contribution will have a more significant impact for the school and the same effect for us out of pocket."


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