Ways to Give

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There are many ways to become involved with and support Mercy. Regardless of the option you choose, a gift to Mercy furthers the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy and enables us to remain steadfast in our mission to serve the poor and to provide exceptional care to every patient. Your charitable commitment will have a direct and favorable impact on our patients and their families.

A Gift by Check, Credit Card, Securities or IRA

Gift by Check or Credit Card

Your gift by check or credit card is tax-deductible. Mercy will provide you with a letter acknowledging your generous support for tax purposes.

Gifts can be accepted online via our secure website or your gift can be mailed to us along with this donation form:

Mercy Health Foundation
301 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact us to learn more.  

Gift of Securities

Your gift of publicly held securities is greatly appreciated and may provide you with extra tax benefits. Your gift is valued at the mean price of the high and low trading price of the stock on the day your gift is transferred to the Mercy Health Foundation.

In general, donating appreciated securities is one of the best and easiest ways to give more. You can take an immediate tax deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoid capital gains tax you would owe by cashing in the securities. 

For example, if you bought stock at $50 per share and it is now valued at $100 per share, you will avoid paying capital gains on the stock and also receive a tax deduction for the $100 per share price.

In general, if you have stock that has decreased in value, you will want to sell the stock first, so you can claim the capital loss.

Your broker or financial adviser can help you make the right decision.

View our transfer instructions on how to make a gift of securities or contact us directly for more information.

IRA Distributions

Currently, individuals 70½ or older are able to give directly from their IRAs rather than having to take a distribution that would trigger an income-tax bill. The rules allow you to save on taxes and, as a result, give more. Because a QCD reduces income and is not an itemized deduction, it even benefits investors who do not itemize. Please consult with your accountant for more information and to determine what is best for your situation. Mercy is not a tax advisor and information should not be considered tax advice.


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Support a Special Event

Support a Special Event

Mercy holds several events during the year to support specific initiatives or the areas of greatest need. Contact us with questions or learn more about some of our events:


Gifts in Kind

Gifts in kind are contributions of goods or services, other than cash. Gifts in kind are used many times in special event auctions to raise money to support our mission of healing and service. Example of gifts in kind include: 

  • Autographed memorabilia
  • Gift certificates
  • Jewelry
  • Use of a vacation home
  • Event tickets such as sports, theatre or other attraction

We are unable to accept gifts of used durable medical equipment, automobiles, used unwrapped stuffed toys and other second hand items. We have limited capacity to pick up items at your home or business.

If you would like to contribute an item or service, please contact us or complete our In-Kind Donation Form and return it to us. 


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Become a Corporate Partner

The Corporate Partners Program brings together people and businesses that share a commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. By partnering with Mercy, you invest in the health of our community and build awareness for your business. This exciting initiative provides meaningful recognition to the generous companies that provide philanthropic support to Mercy.

Learn more about becoming a Corporate Partner or contact us.

NEXT: A Bequest or Life Income Gift ›
A Bequest or Life Income Gift

A bequest or life income gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly executed through a will or trust, these gifts are most often granted once the donor has passed away. Mercy treasures these gifts since they mirror the way that the Sisters of Mercy began their ministry. 

Some examples include: gifts from your will or trust, IRA distributions, stock and appreciated securities, life insurance, annuities and more. 

Learn more about bequests and life income gifts

If you have included Mercy in your estate plans, we hope that you will share that with us now. You will become a member of The McAuley Society. Please contact us or complete and return this form.


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Gifts to Remember and Honor

Honoring a Special Person or Occasion

Your gift to recognize a doctor or caregiver, celebrate a birthday, wedding, or anniversary, the birth or adoption of a child, a graduation, or other milestone event is greatly appreciated. Mercy will provide you with a letter for tax purposes acknowledging your generous support.  

The person you honor will also receive a letter informing them that a gift has been made in their honor. We will share your name and address with the honoree, but the amount of your contribution will remain confidential.  

Make a gift in honor of a special person or occasion through our online system, complete this form or contact us.  

A Gift in Memory

A gift in memory is a way to honor someone who has passed away. Mercy will provide you with a letter for tax purposes acknowledging your generous support.  

The family of the person you are remembering will receive a letter informing them that a gift has been made in the memory of their loved one. We will share your name and address with the family, but the amount of your contribution will remain confidential.  

Make a gift in memory of a special person, through our online system, complete this form or contact us.  

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Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies match the charitable gifts of their employees. Find out if your employer will double the impact of your donation with matching gifts. You will need to initiate this process by contacting your Human Resources Office; Mercy cannot do this for you. Your employer may have a paper form or direct you to a website to begin the process.   

See a list of companies that match contributions to organizations such as Mercy. Please contact us if you have any questions. 


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Donor Advised Funds

Today, a growing number of donors prefer to make gifts through their donor-advised funds. Locally, individuals have created donor advised funds at the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Catholic Family Foundation of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Fidelity, Vanguard, and many other institutions. If you give to a Donor Advised Fund, please consider recommending a grant to benefit Mercy.

Our Corporate and Foundation Relations team would be pleased to work with you to accomplish your philanthropic objectives and provide the necessary supporting documents that are often required for these types of gifts. 


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