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Annual Fund

Did you know that tuition only covers a portion of what it costs to provide a River Valley Waldorf School education? The difference between tuition and the full cost is made up by generous annual fund donations from our community. 

Your gift supports teacher development, financial aid, and the many special programs we provide as a school. Every gift makes a difference and helps us reach our annual fund goals for the year. 

Ways to Give


The Educational Improvement Tax Credit allows many Pennsylvania residents to direct a large portion of their PA income tax to River Valley’s financial aid fund. This is a way that you can support the school in a BIG way by directing money that you already owe to Pennsylvania directly to RVWS.  

The Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund is now helping River Valley administer our EITC program. This streamlines the process for families, makes the paperwork simple, and ensures you receive the full amount of tax credit that you are eligible for. 

Some Frequently Asked Questions about EITC:

Who qualifies? 

Any individual who owes income tax in Pennsylvania; individuals also must work for a for-profit company, or own a minimum of one share of stock in a company that does business in PA (this includes Netflix, GM, Target, etc.). The minimum donation is $3,500, which is offset by a 90% PA tax credit. In order to take advantage of the full credit, your PA tax liability must be greater than $3,500. 


How does it work?  

Donors complete a Joinder Agreement (a simple one-page document) which acts as a reservation for the amount of credit you wish to apply for. You will need to estimate your tax liability for the current year in order to plan a donation. There are a limited number of credits available and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. 


When do I have to commit to an EITC donation? 

There are two cycles – one in the spring and one in the fall. In order to reserve credits for this tax year, you must submit your joinder agreement to CPSF early in the fall (the earlier the better). Another round will open in the spring.


How much of my donation does River Valley Receive?

River Valley receives 100% of your donation. The Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund pays its expenses through bank interest alone, allowing it to provide the administration services at no cost to the school or to the donor. 

If you would like more information on how to apply to take advantage of these tax credit programs and support River Valley, you can visit PA’s website, CLICK HERE, or reach out to Advancement Director Allegra Ketchum at aketchum@rivervalleyschool.or or by phone at 610-982-5606.

You can also reach out to Tami Clark at the Central PA Scholarship Fund at

Planned Giving

Include River Valley in your estate planning and make a lasting impact on the school. 

If you would like to become a member of the Planned Giving Society by making a gift through a bequest, an annuity, or a trust please contact Allegra Ketchum, Advancement Director at 610-982-5606.

If you have already included River Valley in your estate planning, please let us know so that we can recognize you as a member of our Planned Giving Society. Call Allegra Ketchum at 610-982-5606, or email at


River Valley thrives because of our volunteers who donate their time and talents to the school. From classroom coordination, to Board membership, to support with event planning, the school would not be the same without our community’s contributions of time and talents. For more information about volunteer opportunities, reach out to our Advancement office at, or 610-982-5606.

Special Events

River Valley loves a good party! We have events throughout the year which involve our whole community. From Parent Stage, to Winter Fair, to Grandparents and Special Friends Day, there is something for everyone. 

Our next fundraising event will be a Farm to Table dinner on October 21 with a keynote address from Shea Darian. 


1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972


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River Valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
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