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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.

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):

Mercy Donor Levels
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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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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.

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Fundraising Events

Mercy has several fundraising events each year that our students, staff, and supporters look forward to.

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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
  • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
  • The Century Fund
  • The Charles H. Hoch Foundation
  • First Niagara Foundation
  • 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).

Special Purpose Entities (SPE)

But the news has gotten even better: Over the past two years, Special Purpose Entities (SPE) have allowed qualifying individuals participate in this same program. Chris Kuhn, volunteer Treasurer of the Mercy Board and a Finance Executive at Olympus North America, is a big proponent of the SPE program. He jumped on as a participant immediately. “This is a no-brainer,” Kuhn said. “I find this program to be a great vehicle to provide Mercy and its kids with financial assistance while also getting the benefit of a 90% tax credit on my PA State Income taxes. I encourage people to consult with their tax advisors to see how they may take advantage of this win-win program,” Kuhn said. During the 2019-20 school year, Mercy School will be able to award over $250,000 in scholarship funds generated by this tax credit program! To all business entities and individuals who have ever contributed to Mercy School through the EPSF tax credit system, either as businesses, or individually through the SPE program, on behalf of all of our Mercy families who have benefitted, we say THANK YOU!

For more information on this game-changing program please contact Mark Napierkowski at Mercy School at 610-797-8242, or mark@mercyspeciallearning.org.

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
  • Cleaning Supplies, Hand Soap, Wipes
  • Gift Cards – Giant, Michael’s, AC Moore & Walmart
  • Healthy Snacks & Juice
  • Office Supplies & Paper
  • Paper Towels, Napkins &  Cups

Larger Items —

  • Commercial Cash Register
  • Dishwasher
  • iTunes Gift Cards to purchase student apps for classroom use
  • Laptops & Touch-screen Computer
  • Printer & Color Scanner
  • Sturdy Stands for iPads

Thank You

To all who support Mercy School for Special Learning.