Personal Gift

You can support Merit students in a variety of ways…


Make a 100% tax-deductible gift today!


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Give a special leadership gift of $5,000 or more

Call 312-267-4462 or email for information about specific opportunities and recognition benefits.


Become a monthly donor…a WIN-WIN for you and for Merit!

Call 312-267-4462 or email to set up a secure automatic donation.  This is a budget-friendly way to give more over time. Example: A gift of $25 per month = a $300 total gift in one year.


Maximize your gift through company matching gift incentives

Your employer may match your donation. Merit can help you determine match opportunities.  Call 312-267-4462 or email


Give in honor of family, friends, or co-workers

Make a tribute gift online or call 312-267-4462 or email  Merit will send a notification letter – with a personal message from you – to the individual(s) of your choice.


Give while you work

Give through a tax-deductible payroll deduction via the Combined Federal Campaign or United Way. Merit’s CFC # is 12861. Your employer will handle the gift processing details.  Questions? Call 312-267-4462 or email


Give through your stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

Give a gift of securities. Complete Merit Securities Transfer Form or call 312-267-4480 or email This is a great way to potentially avoid capital gains taxes and/or make a larger gift.

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