Ways to Help with the Annual Fund

Improvements to every student's experience is made possible through the enthusiasm and philanthropic support of the entire Moravian Academy community. Join the 2020-21 annual fund efforts with your gifts of time, talent or treasure. Please contact Susan Parent, Director of Annual Giving and Special Campaigns,  to help. 

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund provides unrestricted charitable gifts in support of faculty salaries, professional development, instructional support, classroom equipment and supplies, curriculum and technology improvements, fine arts, and sports.

Every gift is important and makes a difference in each student's educational experience. 

A gift to Moravian Academy recognizing a loved one, faculty or staff member is a meaningful way to honor or memorialize that person. Tribute gifts can be a perfect way to recognize any of life’s special events such as a graduation, birthday, special achievement, wedding or holiday. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers serve as a meaningful and lasting tribute to someone we have lost.

You can also sign up for automatic recurring gifts. To learn more, click here.

The Annual Fund runs from July 1st through June 30th. 

Merle-Smith Society

With your gift of $1,000, we invite you to become members of the Academy's most prestigious recognition group—the Merle-Smith Society. Named for the Academy's generous benefactors, the late Kitty and Van Merle-Smith, the Merle-Smith Society is the premiere Annual Fund recognition society at Moravian Academy. Members of the Society are brought together for an annual reception with the Academy's leadership and fellow Society members. To become a member, click HERE.

Matching Gifts

There are many companies that match their employees’ gifts to independent schools. For example, if a donor gives $1,000 to Moravian Academy, a matching gift company will also give $5,000 to the school and thus the donor is credited with a $2,000 gift. Some companies will even match gifts on a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio. Donors simply need to contact their human resources offices for the appropriate forms and forward them with their gifts to the Development Office for completion. 

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.

Gifts of Stocks or Bonds

As with publicly traded securities, a gift of stock of a private corporation may allow the donor to avoid capital gains on appreciation of the stock, while attaining a tax deduction based on the stock’s fair market value. The donor may obtain an immediate tax deduction up to 30% of the adjusted gross income. If the gift exceeds 30%, the remainder of the deduction generally can be carried over for up to five years. 

Gifts of stocks or bonds, which are or will be readily marketable, may have important added tax-benefits for the donor. The deduction for outright gifts of appreciated long-term securities (held more than 12 months) is equal to the fair market value of the securities on the date the donor relinquishes control of the assets to the school, and none of the appreciation is taxable for capital gains purposes. The school maintains an account for the transfer of securities at Bank of America. 

Gifts of Cash/Credit Cards

Personal checks, cash or credit/debit card transactions (American Express, MasterCard or Visa) are the most popular ways to make a gift to Moravian Academy and allow the donor an income tax deduction in the year the gift is made. Checks, made payable to Moravian Academy, can be mailed to 7 East Market Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, c/o Bob Zaiser, Director of Institutional Advancement.

Giving Levels

While every gift to the Moravian Academy Annual Fund matters, consider joining one of the following giving societies and enjoy recognition at this level in the Academy's annual Report of Giving

Founder's Club* $10,000 and above

Chairman's Club* $5,000 to $9,999

Headmaster's Club* $2,500 to $4,999

Century Club* $1,742 to $2,499 

Moravian Star Club* $1,000 to $1,741
Academy Club $500 to $999

Anniversary Club $275 to $499

Red & Gold Club $100 to $274

Donors $1 to $99

*All members of these clubs are part of the Merle-Smith Society.

Did you know...

  • Tuition payments only cover 88% of the cost of a Moravian Academy education.
  • The Annual Fund plays a key role in reducing the gap between tuition income and the actual operational costs of running Moravian Academy.
  • The gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student at Moravian Academy is approximately $1,640.

Merle-Smith Society

The Merle-Smith Society was founded in 1982 in honor of Rev. Van S. Merle-Smith, Jr. and his wife, Kitty, former parents, honorary alumni and long-term benefactors of Moravian Academy. The purpose of the society is to acknowledge the Academy's most philanthropic donors.

Membership in the Merle-Smith Society is accorded to parents, grandparents, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and friends who give at least $1,000 to the Academy in a fiscal year. Gifts of cash or stock for the Annual Fund and/or for capital programs qualify for listing in the Merle-Smith Society.

The levels of giving for membership are:

Founder's Club $10,000 and above
Chairman's Club $5,000 to $9,999
Headmaster's Club $2,500 to $4,999
Century Club $1,742 to $2,499 
Moravian Star Club $1,000 to $1,741

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus