Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the vehicle through which parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, Trustees, and friends contribute to our academic and extracurricular programs. Faculty salaries and instructional support, classroom equipment and supplies, curriculum and technology improvements, fine arts and sports are directly impacted by the Fund.

Every gift is important and makes a difference in each student's educational experience. To learn more about the Moravian Academy Annual Fund and discover how your gift helps the Academy in numerous ways, view the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Brochure.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that may double your charitable gift to the Annual Fund. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees or spouses of employees. Ask your employer’s Human Resources department if your gift can be matched.

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. If you have any questions, please call the Institutional Advancement Office at 610-868-4744, ext. 281.

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.

Why We Give

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  • Alan and Patty Cunningham

    Alan and Patty Cunningham knew that when their daughters, Sophia ’21 and Olivia ’23, were ready to begin elementary school, they would benefit from small class sizes. When they returned to Pennsylvania from San Francisco they began their search for the ideal school, taking tours and talking to neighbors, many of whom were sending their children to Moravian Academy. Deciding to enroll their daughters in the Academy meant that they had not only found a school, but a community, too.

    Her daughters’ transition into the Academy was made easy by the faculty, Patty explains. “In prek, Sophia cried every day. Now, she is becoming her own person. I am astonished at how she has blossomed.” Olivia has also become less shy, developing a love for the violin nurtured by Mrs. Christine Wetzel and former strings teacher Mrs. Betty Tang-Louie. “We have loved every teacher our girls have had [so far]. We can always talk to their teachers and the curriculum is outstanding,” Alan says.

    For Patty, an educator, it’s hard not to compare the educational experiences of her daughters to those that she has encountered. “In some schools, the focus is on teaching to the test. Other schools don’t have art programs and some don’t even have gym,” she says.

    The Cunninghams value the fact that their daughters are being educated in ways beyond the textbook. “At Moravian, they focus on respecting self and others—mind, body, and spirit. They stress more of a world view, embracing all cultures and religions,” Patty says.

    The couple feels that it’s important to support the Academy through regular volunteerism and philanthropy. Currently, Patty is a member of the Annual Fund Cabinet. You’ll often find Patty helping out as a classroom mother or working alongside her husband at school events such as Country Fair. Gifts to the annual fund and the recent capital campaign are other ways that they show their continued commitment. 

    “Our giving to the Academy goes along with our commitment to our children. The gap between the cost of education and the tuition sticks with us. As we are able to contribute, we are happy to do it,” Alan says.
  • David and Susan Stifel

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The secret in education lies in respect for the student.” David and Susan Stifel, both educators, agree. Parents of William ’16 and Lizzie ’19 say that respect for the student is what led them to Moravian Academy. David is an economics professor at Lafayette College and Susan is a special education teacher in Bethlehem and an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College.

    “We look for schools that share our values and put a high priority on academics, as well as giving students multiple opportunities to explore athletics, the arts and more,” say the Stifels.

    William, now at Davidson College, was involved in several sports including cross country, swimming, and baseball, as well as student council, jazz band (tenor sax), Chinese Cultural Night, and the Red Cross Club at Moravian Academy, while Lizzie plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, sings in the chorus, plays flute in the concert band, participates in PJAS and serves as sacristan for weekly Chapel.
    “Our children have different personalities, learning styles and interests. We like that Moravian Academy challenges each of them in his or her own way. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ learning environment,” Susan says. Susan and David also see the small class sizes, variety of student opportunities, and high academic standards as strengths of the Academy.
    The Stifel family spent William’s eighth grade year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia while David was on sabbatical. Lizzie entered the Academy after that experience. The Stifels remember fondly being warmly welcomed back by the Moravian Academy faculty after having been away, and they have high praise for the faculty.
    “We appreciate the time and effort that teachers put into the midterm and quarterly/trimester progress reports. The teachers know our children, their strengths and their needs, and they continually challenge them to do their best. We especially like that our children are expected to take ownership of their learning by asking questions and going to teachers with any concerns or issues. This can only happen if the teachers make themselves available for extra help and they do!” David says.
    The Stifels also appreciate that the faculty and staff come out to support student events. They are impressed by the number of staff who coordinate and encourage students to take leadership roles in extracurricular activities. In addition, they recognize the effort that former Headmaster George N. King, Jr. made to attend so many events and games. 
    David and Susan appreciate what Moravian Academy does for their children and family, and they give back as well. The Stifels are supporters of the Moravian Academy Annual Fund and have volunteered at many events. David has been a guest speaker in William’s classes and Susan has participated in a variety of roles, such as Lions' Invitational volunteer, team parent for Middle School girls' soccer team, and the Class of 2019 Tribute Fund committee member. “Even though we work full time, we try to find small ways in which we can contribute to the community,” Susan says.

    “We want to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff who give so much to our children. A school can have the best facilities in the world, but it is not a place of learning without educators who are passionate about their subjects and excited about being in the classroom. We are fortunate that Moravian has such teachers and staff, and we want to support them as best we can,” David says.

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 and above

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

Donors $1 to $274

*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.

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