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How to support students at el Centro de Estudiantes and Vaux Big Picture High School

Giving options during emergency school closings due to Coronavirus
New provisions for charitable giving under the CARES Act:
  1. Charitable deduction up to $300 for cash donations through December 31, 2020 for those who do not itemize deductions. Cap applies to single and married filers (i.e. married couple can't take $600 deduction); contributions to the donor advised funds (DAF) or supporting organizations do not apply.
  2. Taxpayers who itemize can deduct up to 100% of the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) through December 31, 2020. no donations to DAFs or private foundations. Corporations can deduct up to 25% of AGI (food donations included) through 2020 tax year.
During the indefinite school shut-downs at el Centro de Estudiantes and Vaux Big Picture High School, BPP has made a priority to assure that every student has a computer or tablet and internet access, and for families in need of food and household supplies, a Care Package delivered bi-weekly during the crisis. Our Advisors are developing engaging, project-based learning opportunities to be distributed online, and are connecting each student to some of the best literacy and numeracy platforms, all with the goal of keeping the students engaged and challenged. Resilience Specialists are connecting students with resources around the city for basic needs of food, shelter, and mental health support. Also, our Special Education teams are working on developing strategies to support individualized learning needs of our students.
If you have the means and desire to do so, we are receiving financial support for food, household supplies, and the technology needs of our students. Thank you for your consideration of efforts to support the COVID 19 Relief Fund and the Annual Fund.

The COVID 19 Relief Fund

  • $100 gift for one Care Package (delivery included).
  • $275 gift for one Chromebook, with a license, for one student.

The BPP Annual Fund: Real World Learning, Resilience Services, Post-Secondary Planning

  • Monthly donation of $25, $50, or $75 provides reliable income for these programs
  • One time donations up to $999 will provide support for Resilience and Post-Secondary programs during the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
  • Major Gifts of $1,000 or more can be designated at the donor’s discretion. 


To take action now, click on the Donate button below. 
Big Picture Philadelphia, an education provider registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, facilitates value-added programming at two schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP): el Centro de Estudiantes and Vaux Big Picture High School. Tax deductible contributions to BPP supports three programs not covered by contractual obligations of SDP: Real World Learning/Learning Through Internships, Resilience Services, and Post-Secondary Planning. Annual Fund contributions support these programs during the school year, can be designated to one or more program, or to "General Support."
You can also write a check payable to Big Picture Philadelphia, and mail it to:
Big Picture Philadelphia
Attn: Chris Petersen
2300 West Master Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Contributions can be received in the form of securities transfer, Required Minimum Distribution of an IRA for those 70 1/2 or older, Donor Advised Funds, corporate matching, and In-Kind gifts. Please see the chart below for a full list of options, and for further information or questions contact our Development Director Christopher M. Petersen by phone at (267) 257-6118 or by email at

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Now your company can support BPP students at their internships!
The Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) is designed to provide tax credits to companies who do business in Pennsylvania when they contribute to the Big Picture Philadelphia Real World Learning (RWL) and Learning Through Internship (LTI) programs. These programs prepare students for and place them in internships throughout the Philadelphia region, working alongside a Mentor at the work site. Corporate contributions are made directly to Big Picture Philadelphia and can provide up to a 90% tax credit to the company for a two year contribution.
Big Picture Philadelphia Annual Fund Giving Opportunities
Thank you for your your support! We receive financial contributions in several ways to support Vaux Big Picture High School and el Centro de Estudiantes. BPP's contractual relationship with the School District of Philadelphia provides for basic educational programming at both schools. Real World Learning/Learning Through Internships, Resilience Services, and Post-Secondary Supports are essential, value-added programs in place at both schools that are supported by financial contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. For details, see the chart below.