Every gift really does matter.
The Mercy Fund is the cornerstone of Mercy's Giving programs. The Mercy Fund directly impacts every program, department, student and faculty member by contributing to Mercy's overall financial health and sustainability. Alumnae, current and former parents, faculty, staff, friends, and Board members have supported this fundraising initiative, which is an essential component of our operating budget.
What is the Mercy Fund?
The Mercy Fund campaign for alumnae begins in the fall with a solicitation to all alumnae as well as calls from our current students during our annual November Alumnae Phonathon.
What is the expected level of participation in The Mercy Fund Program?
Gifts of all levels make a huge impact, whether $10 or $50,000, participation matters.
Join the President's Circle
The President’s Circle is composed of lead benefactors to Mercy High School. Membership is open to all individuals, families, alumnae, foundations and corporations who make a gift of $1,500 or more annually. Mercy counts on leadership gifts such as these to provide for program enhancements in the areas of technology, faculty enrichment, and student programs. Members of the President’s Club are invited to the “Circle of Mercy” reception in October, hosted by the Head of School and Board of Directors.
Are there tax benefits to participating in The Mercy Fund Program?
Yes! Mercy Fund gifts are 100% tax deductible as allowable by law.
Matching Gifts – do they count toward my pledge?
You can double your contribution by taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program. Mercy credits the matching gift from your employer toward your annual pledge. Please visit the Matching Gift Page to see if your employer contributes.
How to pay my Mercy Fund gift?
Your Mercy Fund gift may be may be paid in a single payment or in monthly payments. Annual payments, as well as monthly payments, made by check, stock, or through an online gift using your VISA or Mastercard.
Why not just raise tuition rather than solicit gifts from alumnae?
Although raising tuition would generate a certain level of revenue, we know it will not solve the on-going needs of the school. Most academic and philanthropic institutions rely on an annual giving model to sustain their programs. This affords an opportunity for all constituencies: alumnae, parents, parents of alumnae and friends to help support the mission of the school at a level they feel comfortable with. It also provides a tax deductible charitable gift opportunity for each donor.
At a time when there are many requests for your charitable dollar, you may ask: “Why Mercy?” The answer is simple: Mercy is worth your investment. In a school with our unique mission, your gift to Mercy High School will truly make a difference in the life of a young girl.
What are the Mercy High School Giving Societies?
Mercy High School giving societies include all gifts made during our fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. Donors giving $1,500 or more annually will receive an invitation to the Circle of Mercy Donor reception held in the Kohl Mansion in October of each year. Matching gifts (individual or spouse) are included when determining giving society membership. Donors whose cumulative giving is $5,000 or higher will have their name inscribed on the Kohl Mansion Donor Wall.