The Gift of Giving

A meaningful education is one of the most valuable gifts one can give. Hershey Montessori School encourages a culture of giving across its entire community. Your support, at any level, helps to provide the highest quality education at a reasonable cost.
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Annual Giving

Impact children’s lives and help provide Montessori for more children by donating financially to our Annual Fund. No matter the size, every gift matters.

5k Cosmic Run

Sponsor, race, walk, and/or volunteer for this annual fun, family, fundraising event. You can even get race ready with our Couch to 5K group!

Hershey Gala

Sponsor, attend, donate to, and/or help plan this extravagant annual event with the most amazing group of people. Work turns into great fun with this group!


Several events throughout the year depend on our community of parents working together. Take a moment to fill out the online volunteer form!

Redirect Your Tax Dollars through Scholarship Donations

The Ohio General Assembly has established a program whereby Ohioans can receive a 100% tax credit against Ohio income tax liability for cash contributions to certified organizations that grant scholarships to students (scholarship granting organizations, or SGOs). Hershey Montessori School is part of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), which has created its own SGO. Scholarship priority is given to low-income families.

The maximum credit amount is currently $750 for individuals and $1,500 for married couples filing jointly. Should a taxpayer donate more than the taxpayer’s income tax liability, the credit will reduce the taxpayer’s liability to zero (it will not create a refund).

Here is how to take advantage of the program and support Hershey Montessori School in the process:

You will receive a tax acknowledgment from OAIS, which you will need for your Ohio state tax return.

It is important to note that this is a way to redirect your tax dollars – this is not a philanthropic donation. If you have questions, be sure to consult your accountant.


What is a scholarship granting organization (SGO)?

Scholarship Granting Organizations are separate, tax exempt, 501(c)3 organizations. SGOs are established to collect donations on behalf of participating schools that want to provide scholarships to their eligible students. Each SGO and its participating schools determine the scholarship application and subsequent award process according to Ohio laws and guidelines.


What is the benefit of an SGO?

Only donations made to a certified scholarship granting organization (SGO) are eligible to receive a tax credit on an individual’s State of Ohio tax return. The State of Ohio recently enacted legislation allowing a tax credit of up to $750 per individual or $1,500 for married couples filing jointly for donations to certified scholarship-granting organizations. This credit is available to individuals who have an Ohio tax liability.


How does a tax deduction differ from a tax credit?

A tax deduction reduces a taxpayer’s overall taxable income. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes paid to the State of Ohio up to the limits allowed by the credit. All SGO donations are directed to the Ohio Association of Independent Schools and earmarked for Hershey Montessori School rather than to the State.

Donations made directly to Hershey Montessori School’s Annual Fund are not eligible for the credit.


How do I support Hershey Montessori School?

Hershey Montessori School is part of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), which has created its own SGO. This allows donors to make donations for our students while also receiving eligibility for tax credits.

This is not a charitable donation but, rather, a way to reduce your State of Ohio tax bill. In the simplest form, you can choose to pay the State of Ohio or help a Hershey Montessori family.


How can I participate?

You will receive a tax acknowledgment from OAIS, which you will need for your Ohio state tax return.

For additional questions, please consult your accountant or financial advisor.

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Retail Program Fundraising Options

We are thankful for the support of local and national programs that support Hershey Montessori.

Box Tops for Education – Collect “box top” labels from General Mills products and send them into the office. You can follow our progress and find other ways to generate free cash for Hershey on the Box Tops at https://www.boxtops4education.com/.

Goodsearch.org – Use goodsearch.org as your search engine to generate funds for Hershey! goodsearch.org, powered by Yahoo!, works like any other internet search engine. For each search you perform goodsearch.org will donate to a cause. Join, choose Hershey Montessori as your cause, and start searching!

Giant Eagle – Do you use a Giant Eagle Advantage Card? If so, a percentage of your sales can be donated to Hershey every time you shop. Register your card. Our school code is 2344. Each time you shop Hershey receives award points to use toward technology devices, classroom supplies and materials.

“Learning something new is my favorite part of the day.”
– Georgia, Student