Ways to Give


Each year, Merit helps:

Here’s how you can help:


We make it easy to donate a one-time or recurring gift online or electronic transfer.

If you prefer to donate by check, simply make it out to Merit School of Music and mail it to us at 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607.

 Employer matching gifts

Click here to find out in 5 seconds if your employer will double your donation! Or contact [email protected] to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.

Gifts of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

Your donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is a great way to make an impact. Fill out our securities transfer form or contact us at 312.676.3692 or [email protected].

Instruments, music supplies, & other in-kind gifts

You can help our students develop as musicians by making a tax-deductible gift of property. Learn more about what types of in-kind donations we are in need of and how the process works.

 IRA distributions

Fulfill your philanthropy goals (and satisfy your required minimum distribution without adding taxable income) after retirement with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA directly to Merit. Learn more or contact us to get started.

 Planned giving

The Emma Endres-Kountz Society, named in memory of Merit’s illustrious co-founder, ensures access to high-quality music education for future generations through a comprehensive planned giving program. Learn more about joining the society and making a legacy gift.

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