FAQ

What is Giving Day?
Mercyhurst University’s Giving Day is a one-day online fundraising drive that takes place on March 30, 2021. It is a day for alumni, parents, and friends to come together and help support the Mercyhurst Annual Fund.

Why is Giving Day Different Than Any Other Day?
We are lucky to have a very generous anonymous donor who has agreed to match Giving Day contributions up to $50,000. A very special thanks to our generous donor! This is an incredible opportunity for Mercyhurst – an easy way to double the impact that your gift can make on our campus!

Giving Day is also a little different in that we are placing emphasis on the Mercyhurst Annual Fund. Thousands of donors each year support one particular area of interest – baseball, Biology, scholarships, etc., – but today our focus is on the Mercyhurst Annual Fund which supports all areas of interest across the Mercyhurst campus.

What’s Special About the Mercyhurst Annual Fund
The Mercyhurst Annual Fund (MAF) is an unrestricted fund that helps support everything we do as a University. The funds help support the school’s operational budget, and helps fund everything from student scholarships to student-faculty research to funding our athletic programs. Without question, the MAF has the single greatest reach of any fund on our campus, and your gift to the MAF can make an incredible impact on our campus.

Who Can Participate in Giving Day?
Anyone! Everyone! While we will be targeting alumni, parents, trustees, friends – truly anyone can participate and have their contribution matched by our generous donor.

When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card will be charged immediately upon finalizing your gift. You will be mailed a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from Mercyhurst University.

Is my payment secure?
Absolutely! Mercyhurst uses a Paypal Processor and all compliance regulations linked with it to complete your gift transaction. We do not store any credit card information.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?
It is preferred that gifts be submitted online. If you would prefer to give through another vehicle, please contact contact us at alumni@mercyhurst.edu or (814) 824-2545. All gifts must be postmarked on Giving Day in order to be eligible for the dollar for dollar match.
 

How Else Can I Help?
The biggest way you can help (other than financially contributing) is by spreading the word about the challenge! We hope that you will use our hashtag #HurstGivingDay via social media. We also have a Social Media Kit where you can download some images to use on your social media accounts to help spread the word. Be sure to include the link – givingday.mercyhurst.edu – in all your posts!

Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes! Your donation is deductible to the extent provided by law. Gifts made to all projects featured here are considered charitable contributions to Mercyhurst University. Our Tax ID Number is 25-0965430.
 

Is my gift eligible for employer/corporate matching?
Yes. However, it can take several months for employers’ matching funds to reach the University. In the event the match does not arrive before Giving Day, it will still benefit the Mercyhurst Annual Fund. Your employer match will not be eligible for the Giving Day match, but will still be applied to Giving Day totals. See if your employer matches at mercyhurst.edu/matching-gifts.
 

Can I Give Via Stock?
Yes! Each year donors support Mercyhurst via appreciated securities. To do so, please contact us at alumni@mercyhurst.edu or (814) 824-2545 to receive instructions that can be provided to your broker. As long as you let us know the stock gift is coming on Giving Day, the gift will be eligible for the match even if the securities are not actually transferred that day.

I Have Questions…Who Do I Call?
Please feel free to contact us in the Advancement Office – at alumni@mercyhurst.edu or (814) 824-2545.