Corporate & Foundation Gifts


Merit and its corporate partners work together to strengthen our communities.

Our corporate partners support Merit in a multitude of ways:

  • Sponsorships of Merit events
  • Grants funding Merit’s educational programs
  • Corporate leaders serving on Merit’s Board of Trustees and Civic Advisory Council
  • Volunteering employee time for specialized projects

These partnerships help Merit give the lifetime gift of music learning to talented, motivated young musicians.

Cathy Wloch, Director of Partnerships & Engagement
312.676.3692 |

To view our Business Council, click here.


Private and community foundation grants provide essential support for Merit’s stability, vitality, and continued success. Grants can support general operations or be directed to specific programs and activities. Foundation support allows Merit to provide necessary financial aid to talented, low-income children while continuing to improve and deepen programming and instruction for all our students.

Mark Richard, Institutional Gifts Manager
312.267.4464 |

For a list of Merit’s major private and community partners, click here.

Steven, viola

"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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