A Tradition of Support

Giving: Our History and Our Future 

Mercersburg Academy first opened its doors in 1893 with about 40 students, four instructors, and three buildings on four acres of land. Today, thanks to the visionary leadership of Dr. William Mann Irvine and a deeply ingrained tradition of philanthropy, Mercersburg is a vibrant academic and residential community.

Enduring philanthropic support has truly guided the course of the school’s history. Every gift to Mercersburg serves the same mission: to provide a transformative academic experience that inspires our students to lead and serve in a complex, changing world.

Gifts make the Mercersburg experience even more extraordinary for the students of today and tomorrow. Learn about the school’s various giving societies and their generosity, sustained support, and commitment to establishing their legacy at Mercersburg.

Thank you for investing in Mercersburg Academy and in the lifelong success of our students!

Tax-Smart Ways to Give in 2020

As 2020 comes to an end, so do the opportunities for year-end tax planning—including several time-limited tax provisions enacted as part of the CARES Act legislation. Now through December 31, gifts to Mercersburg Academy can have an even greater impact on you and the school.

  • Good news! You can take a charitable deduction for gifts up to $300 even if you don’t itemize deductions on your 2020 income tax return. This new provision was included this year specifically to encourage charitable gifts at a time when the need is greatest.
  • Do you itemize your deductions? Itemizers may deduct cash gifts up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income in 2020—an increase from 60 percent. This special incentive presents an opportunity for giving with an immediate impact. It is not available for gifts of securities or other assets, or for gifts to private foundations or donor-advised funds.
  • Corporations may deduct charitable gifts up to 25 percent of the corporation’s taxable income (increased from 10 percent).

Please review the CARES Act and Charitable Contributions document for more information.

You decide how to make an impact.

As you consider your support of Mercersburg Academy, you can declare your preference in how your gift will be used.
Greatest Need

Unrestricted—Greatest Need

Allows Mercersburg the flexibility to apply funds where they are most needed



Ensures students and faculty have access to resources needed to teach and learn, both in person and virtually



Costs related to academic and co-curricular opportunities as well as intellectual and creative enrichment for students
Athletics and Outdoor Education

Athletics and Outdoor Education

Ensures students have access to activities that build physical strength and leadership potential

Campus Beautification

Campus Beautification

Costs related to maintaining our 300-acre campus

COVID-19 Expenses

Costs related to testing, masks, increased technology, and other COVID-19-related expenses
Dining Hall

Dining Services

Costs associated with the added expense of to-go meals

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Student services and professional development
Dining Hall

Financial Aid

Minimize financial barriers so that gifted students have access to a Mercersburg education
Rutherford Health and Wellness Center

Health and Wellness

Costs related to providing exceptional health care to Mercersburg students
Virtual ’Burg

Virtual ’Burg

Costs related to online learning

Ways to Give

Thank you for considering a gift to Mercersburg! Your investment helps prepare young people to lead and serve our world. Below are some of the ways to make your gift.

Maximizing Your Support

Matching Gifts

Many employers match charitable donations made by their employees, employees’ spouses, or retirees. To find out if your employer is one of them, search our matching gift database.

Monthly Gifts

Give a larger gift by making smaller monthly payments instead of a one-time contribution. These payments can be automatically charged to your credit card.

Multi-Year Pledge

Commit your support beyond the current school year and keep track of your giving by making a multi-year pledge. Lock in your participation for up to five years at a time.


Volunteer your time in addition to your treasure and help Mercersburg galvanize support for the Annual Fund. Opportunities include class agents, reunion committee members, White Key volunteers, and phonathon callers.