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Ways to Support St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (SSES)

The Unique Impact of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School


Our students and alumni overwhelmingly report feeling the unique, positive impact of a St. Stephen’s education in all areas of their lives and futures: their academic endeavors, careers, relationships and families.

A faith-based, values-oriented education means our students are cared for as individuals. They develop a connection to their teachers and peers that is not common in other school environments, and learn qualities you can’t measure in test scores alone, like self-reliance, personal responsibility, morals, decision-making, work ethic, discipline, fellowship and respect.

The opportunities to help perpetuate the mission and impact of St. Stephen’s are endless. Our donors are passionate, and feel ownership and responsibility for our school and our students, and about finding ways to shape the future. If you are interested in supporting SSES you can select from one or more of the below options or contact Ellen Konkle, our Development Coordinator, at development@sseschool.org to discuss other avenues of support.

The Annual Fund

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Annual Fund is critical to providing financial support to the school in several areas:

  • Tuition assistance for our students who may not otherwise be able to afford a SSES education
  • Technology upgrades and advancements to train our students to excel in a technology-driven environment
  • New materials and learning tools for classrooms, such as white boards, music and art supplies and books
  • Expanded extracurricular offerings to give our students a well-rounded foundation for the future

Annual Fund Recognition Levels

Dean’s List $2,500 +
Honor’s List $1,500 – $2,499
Level of Excellence $500 – $1,499
Level of Distinction $100 – $499
Level of Achievement $25 – $99
Young Leaders: $1.00 – $24.99 gifts from Graduates of the Last Decade
To mail a donation to the annual fund:

We are blessed by the L.B. Smith Estate Foundation, Inc. and they have generously offered to match 20% of the total donations they receive for St. Stephen’s. If you would like to make your contribution to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School through the foundation to help us maximize our matching capability, please send your donation to:

L. B. Smith Estate Foundation, Inc.
2010 State Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

NOTE: You can make your check payable to: L.B. Smith Estate Foundation, Inc and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School must appear in the memo portion of the check

You can also send your gift directly to St. Stephen’s by making a check payable to:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

And sending it to:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Annual Fund
215 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Annual donors are recognized on the SSES website and in several publications every year. If you would like your gift to be anonymous, please note that with your gift.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

What is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)?

Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.

What is the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)?

The program provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization. Business contributions are then used by Opportunity Scholarship Organizations to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to attend another public school outside of their district or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15 percent of their designation as an elementary or secondary school based upon combined math and reading PSSA scores.


Tax credits equal to 75% of its contribution up to a maximum of $400,000 per taxable year. Can be increased to 90% 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% of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90% 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
  • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders orPartnership partners

To learn more or find out how to apply on behalf of SSES – please click here (PDF).

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School with a planned gift, such as:

  • A bequest: a gift by will or living trust
  • Retirement or life insurance plans: name SSES as the beneficiary
  • Gifts of property or real estate: a residential property, house, or farm, which you retain all rights through your life and leave to SSES upon your passing

GoodShop and GoodSearch

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School can earn a donation every time you search the Internet and shop online!
Visit www.goodshop.com or www.goodsearch.com
Select St. Stephen’s Episcopal School –
(Harrisburg, PA)

Then search the web with Yahoo-powered GoodSearch.com and they’ll donate a penny to our school each time you search!

Shop at more than 2,400 GoodShop.com merchants including Best Buy, Toys R Us, and others, and a percentage of each purchase will go to St. Stephen’s!

Planned Giving, Bequests, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Estate Gifts
There are many other types of planned gifts that you can discuss with SSES and your personal financial planner.
If you are interested in learning more about planned giving please e-mail Ellen Konkle at development@sseschool.org.