Why Support The Montessori School?

Funding of The Montessori School (TMS) helps with current and long-term needs, and provides our students with a superior Montessori educational experience. Contributions to TMS come from a range of sources: current parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, Trustees, friends and corporations. We invite you to make The Montessori School a philanthropic priority. If you are interested in the noble cause of changing students’ lives, we welcome you to explore ways that suit your circumstances best. Help make TMS an even better place!

Thank you to last year’s donors who helped make TMS a better place! Take a look at our 2012-13 Annual Report!

Two Ways to Give Online

  • Use the button below to donate a gift to the Annual Giving Fund using your favorite credit card. Your card will be processed on a safe and secure PayPal site. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation.

Where Do Contributions Go?

  • Annual Giving Fund

The cornerstone of TMS funding is the Annual Giving Fund, which supports every aspect of our school and the academic excellence for which we are known. The Annual Giving Fund provides support for current operations, and underwrites the costs of faculty salaries, financial aid, teaching supplies, maintenance and the daily running of a school. Since tuition only provides about 85% of the cost of educating our students, we depend on contributions through the Annual Giving Fund to close this gap.

  • TMS Endowment

Gifts to endowed funds are placed in a permanent fund, where the principal is invested and only the income and dividends earned are spent. Endowment income is used to support scholarships, faculty and staff pensions, financial assistance to deserving students and institutional planning. Individuals may make a gift of any amount to The Montessori School’s endowment fund.


Cash or Check

Credit Card

Appreciated Securities

Corporate Matching Gifts

Giving through United Way



  • Cash or Check

The easiest way to make a gift to The Montessori School is to write a check. Simply make your check of any amount payable to The Montessori School and mail to: The Montessori School, 1701 Jarrettown Road, Dresher, PA 19025, Attn: Development Office.

  • Credit Card

Use the button below to donate a gift to the Annual Giving Fund using your favorite credit card. Your card will be processed on a safe and secure PayPal site. You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Or, click here for an online form to use as your donation.


  • Appreciated Securities

A gift of appreciated securities can bring the donor greater tax savings than a gift of cash. If you donate stock that you have held for more than a year, you will receive a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities on the date The Montessori School receives the stock. You are not required to pay a capital gains tax on the appreciation.

  • Corporate Matching Gifts

Alumni, parents and friends who work for a company that matches an employee’s charitable giving can obtain a matching gift form from the human resources department of their employer. The donor usually fills out part of the form and sends it along with the gift to The Montessori School. The Development Office will take care of the rest.

  • Giving through United Way

The Montessori School qualifies as an eligible organization for United Way’s Donor Choice Program. If anyone in your household contributes through United Way, please consider designating your gift to TMS. Look for “The Montessori School” or our former name, “New Horizons Montessori School Assoc”.

  • Gifts-in-Kind

These donations are not monetary contributions, and may consist of furnishings, art, computers, musical instruments, books, etc. TMS will provide a gift receipt as an acknowledgment of the contribution. The Montessori School accepts gifts-in-kind at its own discretion. Please contact the Development Office prior to donating.

  • EITC

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) is a national model program which provides greater access to education through public/private collaboration. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for businesses in the state, an opportunity to reduce their tax liability by contributing to registered scholarship organizations like The Montessori School. Visit EITC in PA and make your tax dollars work for TMS!

Join our “family” of businesses who have contributed to TMS via EITC

  • European Marble
  • First Niagra Bank
  • Framers Trading Group
  • Harvest Advisers LLC
  • HRM USA, Inc.
  • Margolis Becker
  • Novick Brothers Corp.
  • Phila Insurance Co.
  • Philip Rosenau Co. Inc.
  • PNC Bank
  • Prime Property Management
  • Republic Bank
  • Sandmeyer Steel
  • Softerware, Inc.
  • Susquehanna Bancshares

Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.

Business Links

Business Application Timeline

  • May 15 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 13/14 to renew their 2-year commitment.
  • May 15 – Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment.
  • July 1 – All other businesses including Pre-K business applications.

Pass-through entities, such as S-Corporations, Partnerships, LLs, etc., can now apply the same day as C-Corporations. Applications must be submitted electronically using DCED’s Single Application for Assistance. Paper business applications will no longer be accepted. See the business application guide in the box above.

Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.

Tax credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. Can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years. For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations, a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually.

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

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institution Tax
  • Insurance Company Law of 1921
  • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners

An approved company must provide proof to DCED within 90 days of the notification letter that the contribution was made within 60 days of the notification letter. Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and are not refundable or transferable.

How to Apply

  • Businesses

Pennsylvania businesses can begin applying for EITC credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. The business application guide 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.

  • Organizations

Applicants interested in applying as an Educational Improvement Organization, Scholarship Organization or Pre-K Organization can apply at DCED Center for Business Financing, Tax Credit Division, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120: (717) 787-7120 or Do not use the Single Application. The application process is listed below.

Organizational Guidelines (.PDF)

List of Organizations (.PDF)