Planned Giving

Make a difference and leave a legacy of support by joining the Emma Endres-Kountz Society. Your Planned Gift will help ensure that Merit endures to benefit generations of Chicago-area’s most motivated and talented young musicians.

There are several giving options and creative strategies to amplify your gifts through our Planned Giving program.

  • A will bequest
  • A gift of life insurance
  • A life income gift through a trust or annuity
  • A distribution from a trust created during your lifetime
  • A gift through an IRA(s) or a retirement plan(s)
  • Other type of gift (Please contact Steven Berry)


For further information please contact Steven Berry, Vice President for Development and Marketing, or 312. 267.4461.


Download Merit’s Planned Giving Declaration of Intent Form

Sample bequest language: I give [insert dollar amount, property to be given, percentage of the estate, or “the remainder of my estate”] to Merit School of Music, a nonprofit corporation, tax identification number 36-3028768, headquartered at The Joy Faith Knapp Music Center located at 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607, for its general use and purposes.