WYOMISSING, PA – Tompkins VIST Bank this week announced that it has committed $303,750 in 2021-2022 to nearly 50 youth education organizations across southeastern Pennsylvania that qualify under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Including this amount, bank has donated a total of $3,388,400 to EITC since 2001, when it began participating program.
Schools and non-profits use EITC funds for scholarships and to support innovative programs for public school students. “Supporting youth education is one of the best ways we can give back to our communities,” said Scott Gruber, president and CEO of Tompkins VIST Bank, adding that EITC is especially valuable in the current educational environment, which remains fluid because of the pandemic.
One example of Tompkins VIST Bank’s EITC program is $27,500 it has donated to the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum. The funds will be used for The Museum’s Summer Camp, Scout and other youth programs. “In addition to doing so much to educate young people, the Reading Public Museum is a beloved local institution that serves the entire community,” Gruber said.
John Graydon Smith, The Museum’s executive director, commended the bank’s generosity. “By supporting The Museum’s educational efforts for Berks County students, Tompkins VIST has once again demonstrated how important community banks are across many facets of our lives. This contribution will enrich the lives of the thousands of students served through our programs, and will hopefully inspire other businesses in our area to make similar commitments.”
Image: Highlighting Tompkins VIST Bank’s $27,500 Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit donation to the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum are, center, John Graydon Smith, executive director of the Reading Public Museum; and from left, the following bank executives: Gary Moyer, EVP and chief lending officer; Scott Gruber, president and CEO; Ginger Kunkel, EVP and chief operating officer; and Paula Barron, SVP, Retail Banking.