As a private school, Mercy depends on the generous donations of our parents and supporters to continually make improvements & grow. Every dollar goes back into the school, our programs, and our services for our students.

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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports our school’s programs and services, provides classroom resources, helps to maintain and improve our school’s daily operations and so much more. Our school depends on our ability to reach our campaign goals each year, so your support of the Annual Fund is critical to our mission.

Materials for the Annual Fund are mailed in the fall. You can make semi-annual, quarterly or monthly payments if you desire, as well as a one-time gift. If your company matches donations, that is an easy way to double your contribution! You can also give online through the site.

Your gift to the Annual Fund also enables you to get recognition at one of the following giving levels (based on gifts made in a fiscal calendar year, which runs July 1 to June 30):

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Annual Report

After each fiscal year, we publish an Annual Report to highlight our accomplishments and to show how we are good stewards of donors’ generous contributions. Feel free to download the most recent Annual report below.

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Everyday Donations

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile allows you donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible online purchases to Mercy. Simply shop online at smile.amazon.com throughout the year and select Mercy School for Special Learning as your charitable organization.

Box Tops For Education

Collecting Box Tops is a simple and easy way to raise money for our school! All you have to do is cut out Box Tops from participating products and turn them into Mercy. Or you can collect e-Box Tops through https://www.boxtops4education.com (you will need to create an account).

For BJ’s and Costco’s sites, we have provided a password that will enable you with an opportunity to win additional e-Box Tops. Thanks for your support!
https://www.costcobtfe.com (password is EGMMN-WEFEM-4X43)
https://www.bjsboxtops.com (password is c7mx73fmkxtycp)

Fundraising Events

Mercy has several fundraising events each year that our students, staff, and supporters look forward to. Follow our Parent Alliance page for all current fundraiser information.

Grants

We want to thank the many grantors who have generously supported our school and our students over the years. Here is a list of grantors who have supported Mercy, and we are blessed to have their contributions for our school:

  • Air Products Foundation
  • Anonymous (2)
  • The Century Fund
  • The Charles H. Hoch Foundation
  • First Niagara Foundation
  • Forward With Christ
  • Charles A. & Leona K. Gruber Foundation
  • Leona Gruber Trust
  • Harry C. Trexler Trust
  • Hospital Central Services
  • Junior League of the Lehigh Valley
  • Keystone Savings Foundation
  • Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • New Outlook Pioneers
  • The Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust
  • The Bill Sugra Memorial Fund
  • Top Star/Exxon

If you are a grantor interested in supporting Mercy or if you know of, or work for, a corporation or foundation that bestows grants to nonprofit organizations like Mercy, please contact us.

Tax Credits & Planned Giving

Tax Credits

Mercy receives funding from companies through two state tax-credit programs. The Educational Improvement Tax Credits (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credits (OSTC) allow businesses that pay certain taxes to direct these monies to their charity of choice such as Mercy.

The Diocese of Allentown’s Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation (EPSF) collects EITC and OSTC funds and allocates them to schools throughout the Diocese if those schools are not specifically designated by the donating business. Every cent of an EITC or OSTC contributions goes directly to the school designated by the business donor.

The application process and maximum tax credits the business is able to apply for are the same for EITC and OSTC. OSTC provides scholarships for K – 12 (no Pre-K programs). There is a residency requirement for student eligibility for OSTC. The student must reside within the boundaries of one of the 15% lowest performing schools in the state as designated by the PA Department of Education. Also, in allocating the OSTC scholarships, priority must be given to students whose families are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level (family of 4 must have less than $43,000 in annual income).

We’d like to thank the following corporations and businesses who supported Mercy through their EITC or OSTC contributions:

EITC:

ABE Doors & Windows
Bethlehem Business Forms
Dunne Manning, Inc.
Lehigh Valley Rail Management
Miller Searles Bahr & Wills, LLC
Precision Medical, Inc.
S & K Leasing
Waste Management
Yocco’s
Zapp Properties, Inc

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OSTC:

Lehigh Gas
Miller, Searles, Bahr & Wills LLC

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Planned Giving

Planned giving provides individuals with an opportunity to support Mercy separate from our special events.

Gifts of stock, for instance, can be given to Mercy via electronic transfer; the Diocese of Allentown maintains a brokerage account for the purposes of processing stock transfers to the Diocese for the benefit of Mercy and other parishes and schools. Making a gift to Mercy through your will or living trust, meanwhile, gives you the immediate satisfaction of creating a lasting and personal legacy that ensures our school’s future.

Wish List

If you or someone you know can donate any of the following items on our Wish List to our school, we would greatly appreciate it.

Smaller Items

  • Arts & Craft Supplies
  • Baking & Kitchen Accessories
  • Christmas Lights & Decorations
  • Cleaning Supplies, Hand Soap, Wipes
  • Computer & Board Games
  • DVDs for Preschoolers
  • Gift Cards
  • Healthy Snacks & Juice
  • Office Supplies & Paper
  • Paper Towels, Napkins,, Cups, & Cutlery

Larger Items

  • 12 Passenger Van with Wheelchair Access
  • Adaptive Teen-sized Tricycle
  • Commercial Cash Register
  • Dishwasher
  • Digital Video Recorder
  • Dynavox Compass App for iPad
  • Laptops & Touch-screen Computer
  • Mobile Storage Container
  • Printer & Color Scanner
  • Sturdy Stands for iPads

Thank You

To all who support Mercy School for Special Learning.