Your Impact

Frankford Friends School, located in the heart of Philadelphia, provides an outstanding, student-centered education, anchored by strong Quaker values.

Our tuition is markedly lower than any other Quaker school, and we are pleased that we can make a Quaker education accessible to the children and families who are representative of the cultural, economic, and racial diversity of the city of Philadelphia. However, tuition only covers 80% of the actual cost of our program, leaving the balance to be met through other revenue sources.

Since 1833, Frankford Friends School has relied on support and volunteerism from school families, faculty and staff, alumni, grandfriends, our School Committee members, Meeting members, and many others who love our school. Our community of supporters help to make possible an outstanding social, emotional, and academic experience for all current and future students. Frankford Friends School’s status as a magnet for families from across Philadelphia will be the momentum that makes our excellence sustainable. Gifts to Frankford Friends School will support excellence today that will bear fruit in Philadelphia for years.

All gifts to Frankford Friends School are tax-deductible, affirm the importance of an FFS education, and provide the stewardship needed to keep this vital Quaker school strong.

Update April 2020: Good news from the CARES Act

Charitable deductions are back!  Whether you itemize or not, individuals can now take a $300 tax deduction for donations to nonprofit organizations, including Frankford Friends School.

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Gifts for Financial Aid

Gifts for financial aid are critical and make possible a life-changing education for at least 30% of our students.

The Friends Education Equity Collaborative (Friends Collaborative)

Increasing Access to Friends Education for More Families

Support tuition assistance at Frankford Friends School by making a gift today!

Would you like to make a gift that directly supports a student's education, and receive a 90% tax credit? Contact the FFS Development Office at: development@frankfordfriends.org to learn how!

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Individual and Corporate Participants Benefit

  • If individuals or businesses have $3,000 or more in PA state income tax, you have the ability to direct some or all of your tax liability to Frankford Friends School. FFS will use your gift to provide tuition assistance to students in need.
  • You will receive a tax credit equal to 90% of your contribution to Friends Collaborative. In addition, you may be able to claim a federal income tax deduction for a portion of the contribution. Together, these benefits make a large gift very inexpensive to make.

Since its inception in 2016, Friends Collaborative has raised over $4,000,000 in need based scholarships for Quaker education across Pennsylvania and has supported over 50 students at Frankford Friends School.

Find out how you can participate today:

  • Please contact Joy Bowman Lim, Development Director, at 215-533-5368x122 to discuss your involvement in an upcoming round of funding. Please note, FEEC seeks participants with a tax liability of $3,000 or more who are willing to participate for two years.

EITC/OSTC Tax Credits for Tuition Aid

Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs enable businesses, partnerships, and S-corp shareholders to reduce their Pennsylvania state tax liability– up to $750,000 per year — and gain a charitable giving deduction on Federal taxes by making a charitable donation to support need-based scholarships at FFS.  

Through EITC and OSTC programs your company can help a child receive a life-changing education at Frankford Friends School. For more information, contact Development Director, Joy Bowman Lim at development@frankfordfriends.org or (215)533-5368x122.

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How to participate:
1. Decide which program is the best fit for your organization. You can find the program information on the EITC and OSTC pages on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or contact Development Director, Joy Bowman Lim at development@frankfordfriends.org or (215)533-5368x122 with any questions.

2. Apply online via the link on the DCED Single Application page.  Register for a login if you don’t already have one, and then complete the one-page online application for either the EITC or OSTC program. Please note: You will be asked to select either EITC or OSTC in this application; and, in addition, if your first choice is unavailable, whether you would like to apply for the other program. Please answer YES to this question. There is virtually no difference from the business’ perspective. FFS qualifies for both programs. Click here for the business online application guide.

3. Upon receipt of your approval letter from the DCED, you have 60 calendar days from the date of that letter to make a contribution to Frankford Friends School. Send your check to:           

Frankford Friends School           
Development Office           
1500 Orthodox St.           
Philadelphia PA 19124       

4. An acknowledgement will be sent upon the receipt of your check. Simply mail a copy of this acknowledgment, with the completed form that arrived with your approval letter to the PA Department of Revenue within 90 days of the date of your approval letter. Eligible Taxes to which credits can be applied:

  • Personal Income Tax
    (Tax credits can be distributed through more than one level of pass through entities, as well as spousal participation).
  • Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax
  • Bank Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance & Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax (excluding surplus lines, unauthorized, domestic/foreign marine)
  • Mutual Thrift Tax
  • Malt Beverage Tax
  • Retaliatory Feeds under section 212 of the Insurance Company Law of 1921

If you have more questions about the EITC or OSTC programs, please contact Development Director, Joy Bowman Lim at development@frankfordfriends.org or (215)533-5368x122.

Annual Fund

Financial contributions to the Annual Fund are an essential supplement to tuition and fees in every independent school, helping to bridge the gap between our tuition and the true cost of a Frankford Friends education.

The Frankford Friends Annual Fund benefits every student, every day. Whether it’s with a one time gift of $25, a pledge of $500, or more, every thoughtfully made gift is needed and deeply appreciated.

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The Frankford Friends Annual Fund benefits every student, every day. Contributions to the Annual Fund support all of FFS programs, a robust curriculum, modernization and maintenance of our historic campus, accessible tuition, salaries, benefits, and professional development for our talented and dedicated faculty — every area touches every student at FFS.  

Tax deductible gifts to the Annual Fund help to bridge the gap between our tuition and the true cost of a Frankford Friends education. Foundations and other grant-making organizations look to the percentage of participation in the Annual Fund across constituencies as a measure of commitment and loyalty to Frankford Friends School.  

All gifts to the Annual Fund make an impact today, and serve as an investment in the future.  A contribution to the FFS Annual Fund is a wonderful way to honor your child, his or her teacher, and the outstanding work that happens at Frankford Friends every day.  

Every gift makes a difference, and demonstrates a collective commitment to Frankford Friends School. Please join faculty and staff, current and alumni parents, alumni, grandfriends, School Committee members, Meeting members, Friends, and others who support our school.  

The Frankford Friends Annual Fund year is July 1 – June 30th.  Gifts may be made at any time. Gifts made on or before December 31st are eligible to be claimed as a current tax year deduction.  

Give online with a credit or debit card at Network for Good or give by mail, with a check or money order payable to Frankford Friends School:

FFS Annual Fund
1500 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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If you have any questions about giving to Frankford Friends School, please contact:

Joy Bowman Lim, Development Director
(215)533-5368x122
development@frankfordfriends.org

Spring Fling Fundraiser

Each year FFS hosts an adult-only fundraiser to build community and generate support for the school. Project: Build raises funds for a designated and restricted purpose:

+ 2020 Support for our Project-based Learning Program
+ 2019 Support for FFS teachers and programs
+ 2018 Support for campus expansion and 3rd phase campus master plan
+ 2017 Support for outdoor experiential education
+ 2016 Support for engineering and technology

Planned Giving

Bequests, charitable gift annuities, trusts and other planned giving arrangements are vital to the School’s work and future. A gift to FFS that is a part of a thoughtful, comprehensive estate plan provides a way of completing a lifetime of giving. It may also allow you to make a significant gift to FFS that was not possible at an earlier stage of life. Planned gifts can provide advantages such as lifetime income and tax benefits to the donor or other beneficiaries.

We would be delighted to know if you have named FFS beneficiary of a deferred gift, or if you would like more information.

Ways to Give

Thank you for supporting Frankford Friends School!

Your support gives us the resources we need to provide an excellent Quaker education to a diverse community of students. There are many ways to make a gift to Frankford Friends School. Here are some ways to make a special gift.

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Checks and Credit Cards

To make a gift by credit card, contact Joy Bowman Lim at (215)533-5368x122.
Send a gift in the form of check or money order made out to:
Frankford Friends School
1500 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match gifts by current employees or retirees to non-profit organizations like Frankford Friends School. Please check with your company’s human resources department which will be able to provide more information about such gifts and can provide the form you need to either double or triple the value of your gift to FFS.  

Gifts-In-Kind

Some donors take the opportunity to give to the school by providing tangible items related to our educational program. The Development Office can help determine the acceptability of such gifts.

Planned Giving

You can remember Frankford Friends School by leaving a gift in your will or estate plan. Making a planned gift may allow you to give more than you ever thought possible and, at the same time, you may experience tax advantages or income for a number of years of life.

AmazonSmile

Your purchases on Amazon can make a difference at FFS. AmazonSmile donates to Frankford Friends School when you shop on Amazon. Go to: smile.amazon.com and choose Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends dba Frankford Friends School.

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