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Ways to Give

You can support Merit students in a variety of ways…

When you make a personal, 100% tax-deductible gift to Merit, you…

  • Provide high-quality accessible music education, regardless of economic circumstance
  • Create opportunities for Chicago-area youth to grow musically and personally – unlocking their potential to change the world
  • Help Merit allocate more than 50% of its annual budget to financial aid, scholarships, low-cost instrument rental, and the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.

Questions about the information listed below? Contact Jen Ridder at 312-267-4462 or jridder@meritmusic.org

Give a special leadership gift of $5,000 or more
Leadership gifts include specific opportunities and recognition benefits.

Become a monthly donor…a WIN-WIN for you and for Merit!
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 through this handy online tool.

Give in honor of family, friends, or co-workers
Merit will send a notification letter – with a personal message from you – to the individual(s) of your choice. You can easily make a tribute gift online.

Shop AmazonSmile!
A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated back to Merit.
Shop Merit’s AmazonSmile page now at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3028768

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.

Give through your stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
Give a gift of securities. This is a great way to potentially avoid capital gains taxes and/or make a larger gift. Download and complete the Merit Securities Transfer Form.