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, to learn more click here.  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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"My dream is to be a professional violist, and Merit is helping me to reach this goal with quality training and excellent performance opportunities."

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