Customers Bank Donates $20,000 to BCCC
The donation will support educational programs for children in grades K-12, including Kids on Campus summer day camps and Artmobile, the traveling outreach museum.
Customers Bank has donated $20,000 to Bucks County Community College to support educational programs for children, including Kids on Campus summer day camps and Artmobile, the traveling outreach museum.
The programs provide learning opportunities for more than 20,000 students from kindergarten through high school each year, according to the college.
The Phoenixville-based bank, which has three braches in Bucks County, made the contribution as part of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.
Under the program, companies that make an EITC donation to a nonprofit scholarship or educational improvement organization receive a 75 percent tax credit from the state, which increases to 90 percent if the company makes the same donation for two consecutive years. A business can receive up to $300,000 a year in Pennsylvania tax credits by participating in the program.
“Customers Bank is proud to be a part of Bucks County Community College’s goal to increase learning opportunities for Bucks County kids,” said Kevin Beauparlant, a vice president and branch manager for Customers Bank. “We believe in the programs created by the college and share its dedication to the communities we serve.”
This is the second consecutive year that Customers Bank has supported K-12 programs at Bucks.
“We are very grateful for Customers Bank’s continued support of Bucks and our youngest students,” said Tobias Bruhn, executive director of the BCCC Foundation, the college’s nonprofit educational trust. “Customers Bank plays a crucial role in the success of our youth programs having invested $35,000 over the past two years.”
A donation to the BCCC Foundation, designated for EITC support, can benefit the following K-12 programs offered by BCCC:
- Artmobile: This traveling art exhibit has delivered art and cultural programs to Bucks County’s elementary, middle and high schools since 1976. Traveling the county, this museum on wheels allows more than 20,000 kids each year to explore new worlds, develop critical thinking skills and acquire an appreciation for art. Last academic year, EITC donations subsidized 22 Artmobile visits to Bucks County schools in need of financial assistance, benefiting more than 10,000 school children.
- Kids on Campus: More than 3,000 kids each year attend innovative summer camps for grades Kindergarten through 10th in subjects like arts, foreign language, sports, science, test preparation and study skills. Last year, EITC funds supported “Camp Invention” for about 40 children, added five new camps and enhanced four other camps with equipment upgrades.