Ways to Give
Support the mission of Mercy High School with your gift today.
- Online Giving
- Give by Mail
- Stock Transfers
- Matching Gifts
- Annual Fund
- Making A Difference
- Scholarships and Endowments
- Giving Societies
- Mercy Parent Club
- Alumnae Association
- Mercy Mass Program
- Circle of Mercy and Catherine McAuley Award
Thank you for your generosity in considering a gift of stock. When you donate stock, you avoid capital gains tax on your stock investment.
The following are helpful tips for making your contribution of gifts of Securities to Mercy High School Burlingame (MHSB):
Stock Transfer Transmittal Information
- MHSB utilizes Direct Transmittal between brokerage accounts.
- Please notify MHSB of your intention to transfer a gift of stock, by emailing or calling Mary Lund or Carol Fraher at 650.762.1190.
- For DTC eligible securities, please instruct your broker in writing to transfer securities to:
Account # 6233-2378
Mercy High School Burlingame
- Please also send or email a copy of your letter to MHSB and instruct your broker to FAX a copy of your letter of instruction to Mary Lund or Carol Fraher at (650) 343-2975 so we can properly identify and credit the donor when the stock transfer takes place (click here to see a sample DTC letter) .
- An acknowledgement letter will be mailed to you from MHSB.
If you have any questions about annual or endowed scholarships, or other types of contributions to MHSB, please feel free to contact Mary Lund , Director of Advancement.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click here.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Mercy High School may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of Mercy's Giving programs. The Annual 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.
Named Scholarship and Endowment Funds
A named scholarship or endowment fund may be established in memory or honor of a particular person or persons. If the fund is set up as an endowment fund, the principal will remain untouched and the interest will be used as designated. If the fund is set-up as a scholarship fund, the principal will be awarded as outlined in the guidelines you establish. Ideally, all scholarships and endowed scholarships would be need based; however, donors may identify specific guidelines for the scholarship in terms of student's talent, characteristics or interests.
To establish a named endowment or scholarship fund, the donor or family must make a commitment of at least $25,000. This may be paid at the time the fund is established or over a multi-year period of up to five years.
Steps to Establishing a Named Fund
First, contact Mercy's Development Office. Any amount can begin a scholarship as long as there is a signed commitment that the fund will reach $25,000 within five years. Donors complete an agreement with the school regarding the naming of the scholarship as well as any specific criteria for awarding the scholarship. The more general the criteria, the more flexibility the Financial Aid Committee has in awarding it to the students most in need.
Selection of Recipients
In most cases, the actual scholarship award decisions are made by the school's financial aid committee. If the scholarship involves an academic discipline or department, decisions are made in consultation with appropriate faculty and staff members.
Is it possible to make a donation to Mercy's scholarship program without starting a named fund?
Yes! Many donors donate to our Tuition Assistance Fund or one of our named funds and their gift is pooled with other funding in order to award student aid.
For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at 650.762.1190.
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 Dinner held in the Kohl Mansion in October. Matching gifts (individual or spouse) are included when determining giving society membership.
Catherine McAuley Society: Gifts of $50,000 or more
Mother Baptist Russell Society: Gifts of $25,000 to $49,999
The Oak's Society: Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999
1931 Society: Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
Blue and White Society: Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
President's Circle: Gifts of $1,500 to $2,499
Friends of Mercy: Gift up to $1,499
Gifts of any amount are deeply appreciated by the Mercy High School Community.
Please click here to make an online donation.
Kohl Mansion Donor Wall
Effective July 1, 2010, donors whose lifetime gifts are $5,000 or more are honored by having their name inscribed on the Kohl Mansion Donor Wall.
The Mercy Parent Club sponsors two annual fundraising events, Mai Tai's at the Mansion and our Wine Tasting and Sale, that allow us to fund many traditional events for our parents and students such as the Mother Daughter Tea, Father Daughter Dance and Faculty Appreciation Luncheon and provides funding for special school-wide projects that benefit all students.
The Mercy High School Alumnae Association sponsors an annual fundraising event, Christmas at Kohl, which supports a four-year scholarship for an alumnae daughter, our annual Senior Pinning Ceremony and numerous special projects.
The Alumnae Association also hosts, Homecoming every September. This is an annual all-school reunion honoring anniversary classes. The Alumnae Association also puts on the Alumnae Senior Pinning Ceremony every May and welcomes this year's graduating class into the Mercy Alumnae Association.
"God's mercy endures forever"
There are many occasions when you want to remember someone special in your life: funerals, illnesses, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other special moments. The Mercy Mass Program gives you the opportunity to let friends and relatives know that they are in your prayers. It also gives the Mercy High School community the chance to join with you in praying for your special intentions.
Remembrance in a Mercy Mass is a perfect way to show your love for those people who have played a special role in your life.
When contributions are made, the name of the person to be remembered or honored is enrolled in our Mass book which is placed on the altar at our student body Masses during the year. If you would like an acknowledgement card sent, please be sure to include the name and address of whom you would like to receive the card. There is no specific contribution amount requested for participation.
You may make an online gift, of any amount, to the Mercy Mass Program, or mail your gift to the Advancement Office, Mercy High School, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame CA 94010, along with the name of the person to be honored or remembered as well as the name and address of anyone you would like to receive a card.
We will keep you in our prayers and ask that you also pray for the Mercy community. God bless you.
Please contact the Advancement Office at 650.762.1190 if you have any questions.
Circle of Mercy
The Circle of Mercy honors those donors who have shared in our mission through an annual leadership gift of $1,500 or more to the school. Mercy counts on these leadership gifts to provide many enhancements to our programs and campus. These leadership donors are honored annually by the Board of Directors at the Circle of Mercy dinner held in October. All individuals, families or corporations making a leadership gift are invited to be members of the Circle of Mercy and attend the dinner. In 2006, Mercy established the Catherine McAuley Award which is presented at the Circle of Mercy Donor Dinner.
“Catherine McAuley Award”
Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy said “No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.” The Catherine McAuley Award is presented to a person or group who represents a commitment to Catherine McAuley’s vision and the education of young women. Through their support, the recipients of this award have enabled us to prepare our students to be women of faith, influence and compassionate service. The young women at Mercy today are our future; the recipients of this award have joined with Mercy in educating young women not only for success in college but for life.