Ways to Give

The Waldron Fund

Our annual campaign provides support for general operating expenses such as student and faculty programs, curriculum, technology, and building and grounds enhancement. The campaign runs from July 1 through June 30 of each year. To invest in the future of Waldron Mercy Academy and to be counted in this year's annual fund, donate today. For more information, contact Karen McGinley or 610-664-9847 ext 148.

Matching Gifts

You can double your support by designating Waldron Mercy Academy as the recipient of matching funds if your employer has a matching gift program. Each year the number of companies that provide matching gifts increases. Please check with your employer to see whether they have a matching gift program in place.

Gifts of Stock

You can give appreciated stock, which is easily transferable and provides special tax benefits. Contact Karen McGinley or 610-664-9847 ext 148 to begin this process.

The United Way

Waldron Mercy Academy is approved to receive donations through the United Way’s Giving Program. If you already use this as a way to give, please consider naming Waldron Mercy as a recipient. Our designation is: Waldron Mercy Academy #14245.

EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credits) and OSTC (Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit)

If your company pays state tax in Pennsylvania, it may be possible to distribute the funds to WMA instead. Through the EITC and OSTC programs, your company can receive a substantial tax credit - as much as 90 percent of the value of the gift - while supporting Waldron Mercy Academy’s Student Aid Fund. The program allows C-Corps, S-Corps, Partnerships, and LLCs to contribute. Over 50 of our students have benefited from these funds. For more information, contact Mark Murray or 610-664-9847 ext 115. For further details about the EITC program, click here. For further information about the OSTC program, click here.

Planned Gifts

One of the simplest ways to give a planned gift is through a bequest in your will. After providing for your heirs, you may wish to include Waldron Mercy in your estate plans. We hope that you will be inspired to follow Edgar and Mary Griffiths’ example and join the Edgar H. Griffiths '35 Planned Giving Society. For more information, contact Peg Flynn at 610-664-9847 ext 131.

Make Tax-Free Gifts from Your IRA

The IRA charitable rollover legislation allows you to transfer lifetime gifts up to $100,000 using funds from your individual retirement account (IRA) without undesirable tax effects. You may contribute funds this way if:

  • You are age 70-1/2 or older at the time of the gift;
  • You transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA. This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not other types of retirement plans;
  • You transfer the funds outright to one or more qualified charities. The legislation does not permit direct transfers to charitable trusts, donor advised funds, charitable gift annuities or supporting organizations; and You make your gift by December 31.

Foundation Support

If you or a family member has established a foundation, if you serve on the board of a foundation, or if your employer has a foundation, please let us know if we can apply for a grant. For more information, contact Karen McGinley or 610-664-9847 ext 148.

Fundraising Events

Each year we hold a Fall Event and our Tigerfest Auction in the spring. These are great opportunities to meet parents or connect with fellow alumni while supporting Waldron Mercy Academy. There are also opportunities to donate gifts or provide sponsorship to help make these events successful fundraising endeavors for Waldron Mercy. For further information, contact Ashley Robinson or 610-664-9847 ext. 127.

Current Parents Campaign

Contact Karen McGinley or 610-664-9847 ext 148.

Leadership Giving Societies

Catherine McAuley Leadership Society

Vision. Leadership. Philanthropy. Joining the Catherine McAuley Leadership Society creates opportunities for our students to become leaders and co-creators, establishes connections between our students and the community around them, and fosters curiosity in our students. You are the leaders of the Waldron Fund. Thank you. Named for the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, the Catherine McAuley Leadership Society is a group of alumni, parents ,and friends who demonstrate their commitment to Waldron Mercy Academy by giving $1,000 or more in unrestricted funds annually. Catherine McAuley Leadership Society members are celebrated at annually at a reception. Mother Patricia Waldron Circle - $10,000+ Sister Mary Walburga Circle - $5,000+ Sister Marylou McFadden Circle - $2,500+ Sister Mary Edward Circle - $1,000+ Sister Patricia Smith Circle - $250+

Edgar H. Griffiths '35 Planned Giving Society

Waldron Mercy Academy mourned the loss of Edgar H. Griffiths Jr., on May 12, 2009. A member of the class of 1935, Edgar had been an ardent supporter of Waldron from his earliest days as a boarder. He was often called upon to chase after two beloved St. Bernard dogs - Bruno and Nardo - who lived on campus. This evolved into a life-long love of the breed, and Edgar and his wife, Mary, would have several of them as pets over the years. Following his graduation from Waldron Academy for Boys, Edgar graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and then St. Joseph's University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Edgar joined the Radio Corporation of America (RCA Victor) and rose to the position of President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. After leaving RCA, he became a consultant to General Electric. Edgar and his wife, Mary, were among the first donors to the Reaching New Heights Capital Campaign when WMA undertook the renovation of the third floor attic (where Edgar reminisced about keeping his clothes trunk as a boarder). To see how his support helped turn this space into a library, technology center, and art studio was inspiring to Edgar and Mary. Over the years they continued to be faithful and generous supporters to the Annual Fund. Even after his death, Edgar made sure that his generosity to Waldron Mercy would continue by endowing the largest single contribution made to the school, in excess of $2 million. In his will he noted the impact the Sisters of Mercy had on his life: "This bequest is in remembrance of the Sisters of Waldron Academy who by their kindness, dedication and talent greatly influenced my life and is made with gratitude and affection for the splendid education I received and which was invaluable in later years. My memories are vivid and numerous of my days at Waldron - from my arrival as a boarding student at age six in 1927 until graduation at age 14 in 1935." We hope that you will be inspired to follow Edgar and Mary Griffiths' example and include Waldron Mercy in your estate plans. Your gift will have a significant effect on the education Waldron Mercy Academy provides to present and future students. For more information on planned giving options, please contact Peg Flynn or 610-664-9847 ext. 131.

Tiger Pride Society

No matter the size of your gift, your loyal and continued support makes you a special member of the Tiger Pride Society. The Tiger Pride Society represents a group of Waldron Mercy Academy’s most loyal supporters—those who have given to the Waldron Annual Fund for at least three years in a row. As a member of the Tiger Pride Society, you have shown your commitment to our mission year after year. That loyalty—in some cases over 10 years of consecutive gifts from our families—is the bedrock of our community and it humbles me to know that we have donors like you supporting us. Gifts of any amount to the Waldron Fund are counted towards Tiger Pride Society membership. Consecutive years of giving are counted by fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30. Charter - 3+ years Milestone - 5-19 years Lifetime - 20+ years

Support While You Shop

Amazon Smile

Shop online at Amazon and WMA will receive .5% of all elibible purchases made through our link. SUPPORT US ON AMAZON SMILE

Box Tops for Education

Cut out the box tops on participating products and send them to school. It's that easy. SEE WHAT PRODUCTS PARTICIPATE

Target Rewards Program

Whenever you shop with a Target “RED card” (Target credit card, a Target Visa card, or the Target check card), 1% of the purchase amount is donated to Waldron Mercy. Apply in stores or online, or designate Waldron as the reward recipient for your existing REDcard. WMA's school identification number is 14691. For more information, call 1-800-316-6142. SUPPORT US THROUGH TARGET

Giant Grocery Stores

Giant Bonus Card holders can help Waldron receive cash back through the Giant A+ program. Register your Giant Bonus Card and use it when you check out. Please note that the Giant program only runs through part of the year. SUPPORT US THROUGH GIANT