The Janus School is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit school.  As an independent school, we are uniquely equipped to fulfill our mission of educating students with learning differences.  The intensive and highly tailored educational programs at Janus require a great deal of resources and we are reliant on tuition income to cover those costs.  Unfortunately, tuition alone is not enough to ensure our mission is met.  To cover the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student, special projects, and to provide financial aid we turn to the philanthropic support of our friends, family, and larger community.  There are many ways to give to The Janus School and to make a lasting impact on the lives of our students.

The Janus Annual Fund

The Janus Annual Fund is critical to helping close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a Janus student. We are grateful to our parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends for their participation and steadfast commitment to this important philanthropic fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund directly support our educational programs, students, teachers, and special projects that make Janus special.

Annual Fund Giving Levels
Founder's Circle$10,000 and above
Patricians$5,000 and above
1991 Society$1,991 and above
(founding year of The Janus School)
Tribunes$1,000 and above
Citizens$500 and above
Scholars$250 and above
Patrons$100 and above
Centurions$1 and above


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EITC / OSTC Programs

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides two tax credit programs that allow businesses to donate to qualified education organizations at little cost to provide financial aid to students. These are known as the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The Janus School is an approved Scholarship Organization and can accept gifts through both the EITC and OSTC programs which directly benefits Janus students with significant financial aid to make tuition more affordable. Families who receive financial aid through contributions through these programs must meet specific income guidelines determined by the Commonwealth. Additionally, OSTC funds are restricted to students from underperforming districts as identified annually by the Commonwealth.

If you are interested in participating in the program, contact Nicholas Chapman, Director of Development, at 717-653-0025 or by email.

Who can donate through EITC/OSTC?
Any business operating in Pennsylvania who is subject to one or more of the following taxes may participate in the EITC/OSTC programs: Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Mutual Thrift Institution Tax, Insurance Company Law of 1921, and Personal Income Tax of S Corp shareholders or Partnership partners.
How much are the tax credits?
Tax credits are based on your level of commitment within the program. You can choose to participate for only one year or for two years. Businesses who commit to participate for one year receive a 75% tax credit on their gift. Those businesses who commit to participate for two years receive a 90% tax credit on their gifts.
When can I apply?

Because of the flexibility it provides organizations in helping students with financial aid, the EITC program is particularly popular and is always exhausted within the first day of application submissions. For this reason, it is very important to promptly apply on the first day possible.

May 15 - Business applicants who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment OR have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY15/16 to renew their 2-year commitment.

July 3 - All other businesses


The Application Process

The EITC/OSTC application process is very simple though time sensitive. To participate, it is important to pay close attention to which day you can apply for credits as funds are depleted quickly.

Step 1: Complete online registration for DCED's single application for assistance
(for first-time applicants only)
Visit to get started. The simple two-step process will provide you with a user name and password and help begin your application.
Step 2: Begin a new application
After you have registered, you can immediately start your application to either the EITC or OSTC program (you must choose one as your preferred program and may choose the either as a backup program). If you are unable to complete your application for any reason, you can save and return to it later with your user name and password.
Step 3: Submit application
When your application is complete, you must choose “Submit Application” to send it to DCED. You will receive a confirmation page with a 12-digit Single Application number for tracking. Unlike in previous years, you are no longer required to mail in a signature page.
Step 4: Eligibility determination
The Commonwealth will determine your eligibility to participate in your preferred or back-up program and will notify you of your status.
Step 5: Issue gift to The Janus School
Step 6: Janus issues acknowledgment letter to business
Businesses have 90 days from the date of their notification letter to provide proof their gift was issued to Janus with 60 days of the notification letter date. Janus issues this letter of acknowledgement quickly to businesses to submit to DCED to complete their tax credits.


Raising Spirits

The 15th Annual Raising Spirits will be a fun-filled night like none you’ve ever seen! Partake in the carnival atmosphere, experience delights sure to please your senses including a gourmet dinner and signature drinks created at the open bar. Be captivated by an amazing magic show & dance to live music. Discover the treasures of the Silent and Live Auctions including trips, spa and restaurant gift certificates, show tickets, unique gift baskets, and so much more!

Be part of the Celebration that raises the much needed funds to ensure The Janus School keeps its doors open and provides critical scholarships for students in need. Please join us for this unique evening of delicious food, friends, and fun!

All the proceeds of Raising Spirits directly benefit The Janus School and its scholarship fund.


Thanks for Giving Luncheon

Our annual Thanks for Giving Luncheon kicks off the holiday season in a big and special way. The Janus School has partnered with Spooky Nook Sports to host this annual event on the Friday before Thanksgiving. This year’s luncheon welcomes Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Carlton as the keynote speaker. Network with other professionals in the area, bring your clients or your staff, and help make this event a memorable and successful fundraiser for The Janus School. Click here for more information about this year’s Luncheon!

Douglas Atkins Scholarship Fund

Douglas Atkins was the visionary of The Janus School. He began developing the school’s concept in 1989 and served as the first Executive Director from 1991 to 2001. In his first year, the school had nine students. Over the next decade, he would oversee the construction of a new facility specifically designed for Janus students as the population grew to seventy-six students in grades 1-12. During Douglas’ time, The Janus School established a strong educational philosophy and culture of inquiry and reflection, rising to the highest standards to meet the needs of student with learning differences in south-central Pennsylvania. In 2009, a generous supporter of The Janus School gifted $150,000 to establish the endowed Douglas Atkins Scholarship Fund to provide a lasting way to support Janus students and honor the impact of a great leader and visionary on so many lives. The protected fund provides scholarships to students to help ensure tuition is not an obstacle to achieving academic excellence.

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The Janus School Endowment

While gifts to the Annual Fund and various events help to cover yearly operating expenses, The Janus School depends on leadership gifts to the endowment to help secure the school’s long-term financial stability. Endowment funds are long-term investments where the principal remains untouched and interest and dividend income may be used to support programs, financial aid, infrastructure, and other special initiatives. Funds in the endowment may be permanently restricted, temporarily restricted, or unrestricted in its use based on the intent of the donor. When the Board of Trustees designates funds to the endowment they can restrict its use by a majority vote.

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Ways to Make Your Gift

Gifts of Cash

A gift of cash is the easiest way to make a donation to The Janus School. It is the most common and is tax deductible, if you itemize in the year of contribution, up to 50 % of your adjusted gross income. Any excess deductions can be carried forward for the next five years. Types of cash contributions include: annual or year-end gifts, "In Memory of" or "In Honor of" gifts; and "In lieu of flowers" gifts.

Appreciated Securities

Stocks and publicly traded securities are easy to give and offer great tax advantages. Stock can be transferred electronically or mail us the stock certificate and a signed stock power for each certificate. Appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year should be transferred directly to The Janus School. By doing this, you will pay no capital gains tax on the transaction and you can deduct the full fair market value which is calculated by averaging the high and low share price on the gift date. If you are holding stock that has decreased in value, sell the stock yourself to realize the loss and take the deduction for tax purposes. You can then make a gift to The Janus School and take the charitable contribution deduction.

Life Income Gifts

A charitable lead trust provides current income to The Janus School while sheltering your heirs' inheritance from taxes. Income generated from the assets placed in trust is paid to the school for a period of years, after which the property is transferred to your heirs at a substantial tax savings. A charitable remainders trust irrevocably transfers cash, securities, or property to a trust for the benefit of The Janus School. The donor or designated beneficiary receives a fixed-dollar amount or percentage of the assets at least annually for life or for a fixed term up to 20 years. Upon death, or the end of the term, the trust terminates and the assets are transferred to The Janus School.

Life Insurance

Do you have life insurance policies that are no longer needed? You may either name The Janus School as the beneficiary or donate a policy to us. If you donate a paid policy, you can receive an income tax deduction equal to the lesser of the cash value of the policy or the premiums paid. To qualify for a federal charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must name The Janus School as owner and beneficiary.


With a gift in your will, you can be part of the education of future generations. Bequests permit donors to commit assets which they might need during their lifetimes. You can bequest a percentage of your estate, a fixed dollar amount, or specific personal property.

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