Support O'Hara » EITC/OSTC


The Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs allow individuals and businesses to redirect their PA taxes into a gift to Cardinal O'Hara to be used for financial aid. Currently, nearly 38% of O’Hara students receive EITC/OSTC support, but 65% qualify … and that need grows every year. That is why your participation in these programs is essential!


Keeping it Simple

Individuals and businesses in Pennsylvania can receive up to a 90% tax credit by donating to the EITC and OSTC programs. 


To make your participation in the programs as easy as possible for you, O’Hara is partnering with an organization called BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools). For individuals, BLOCS provides the LLCs the state requires in order to take advantage of the tax credit.  They also assist businesses with their participation in the programs. Best of all, they provide the one simple form you need to complete to be enrolled.  For more details, please visit:


Just be sure to make Cardinal O’Hara High School your designation on the form!


Individual Participation

  • To qualify, you must owe State PA taxes of at least $5,000 each year for 2-year. That’s it!
  • With the changes in the tax laws, when you make a donation to O’Hara by redirecting your taxes through a BLOCS LLC, your potentially non-deductible state income tax becomes a deductible federal charitable contribution.
  • Your EITC and OSTC money means more students have the opportunity to benefit from a transformational O’Hara education.
  • Participation in this program allows you to show your Lion’s pride by becoming a major donor to O’Hara with little to no additional cost to you as an individual.


Business Participation

  • To qualify, you must pay only one of the required state taxes. For more information you can visit
  • 75% of your contribution to O’Hara will go as a tax credit to your Business and this increases to 90% if you agree to contribute the same amount for 2 years.
  • The 25% (or 10% for a two-year commitment) that is not included in the tax credit may be claimed as a charitable donation on your federal tax return.
  • Participation in this program allows your business to make an investment in the future workforce by helping bright young students stay in school with little to no additional impact cost to your bottom line.
Get the Details
To learn more about what is involved with the EITC/OSTC programs and how you can participate, please contact Jody Romano, Director of Institutional Advancement for Cardinal O'Hara, at [email protected] or 610 544-3800, ext. 1881. You can also visit  or contact Jeff Gibson, Development Manager for BLOCS at [email protected] or 484 704-2303.