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Ways Of Giving

Make a Financial Gift
Donate Now
Transfer Stock
Workplace Contributions
Bequests/Charitable Gift Annuities
Check-Out Hunger
  Gifts in Kind
Organize a Drive
Organize an Activity
Stamp Out Hunger
Items We Can Always Use

Make a Financial Gift
To make a financial donation electronically, please click on the Donate Now icon. To make a donation by mail, please send your check to Mercer Street Friends, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611-1799. If you make a gift in honor of a birthday, anniversary or friend, we will list the name and date, as well as your name, in our Annual Report.

Transfer Stock
There are several significant benefits that can result from gifts of securities. With certain limitations, you can deduct the full fair market value of long-term appreciated securities, that is, securities you have owned for more than one year and that have increased in value. Thus you can give away appreciated property and usually avoid the tax on the gain. Here's how:

If your broker or bank holds your securities, call or write to let your broker know that you want to make a gift of stock to Mercer Street Friends by direct transfer to DTC #0226 for the benefit of NFS Account #004-278505. Your broker will want to know the name of the stock(s) and the number of shares you are contributing. If you or your broker have any questions, confer with Alexander Simanovsky of PNC Bank at 609.497.6749.

After you have notified your broker, please call Phyllis Stoolmacher, Director of Advancement, at 609.656.5210. We will need to know the name and telephone number of your broker, the name of the stock(s) and number of shares you are contributing. If you request the transfer in writing, please mail or fax a copy of the transfer request letter to Phyllis Stoolmacher, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611. The fax number is 609-392-8363.

Workplace Contributions
United Way
You may make a donation through the United Way and, if you wish, designate Mercer Street Friends as a beneficiary through your workplace donor designation number.

Matching Gifts
Many employers provide a corporate Matching Gift which may double or even triple a donor's contribution. Some companies may even match gifts made by retirees or spouses of employees.
To find out whether your company has a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources Department. If it does, request a matching gift form. Complete and sign the donor section and send it in with your gift.

Bequests and Deferred Gifts or Charitable Annuities
For more information on how you can make a difference for Mercer Street Friends through a planned gift, please contact Phyllis Stoolmacher at 609.656.5210. When considering these types of gifts, you should obtain the advice or assistance of an attorney or other professional advisor.

Bequests
If you use your will to designate a gift to Mercer Street Friends, you have a number of options. You may bequeath a gift to Mercer Street Friends in the form of a dollar amount, a specific property, a percentage of your estate, or what remains after your loved ones have been provided for. Bequests to Mercer Street Friends are entirely free from federal estate tax, and there is no limit on the amount you can leave to Mercer Street Friends in your will.

Deferred Gift or Charitable Annuity
A deferred gift provides you with the opportunity to make gifts in support of the work of Mercer Street Friends, while at the same time preserving continuing income during your lifetime or that of another income beneficiary. The principal remaining at the death of the income beneficiary will then transfer to Mercer Street Friends. For gifts of this nature, we utilize the services of the Friends Fiduciary Corporation, a Quaker nonprofit corporation, which supplies financial services to other Quaker nonprofit organizations and Meetings.

Check-Out Hunger
Check-Out Hunger is an annual campaign that runs during the fall and early winter in supermarkets and other food retail stores to benefit area food banks. In Mercer County, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is the beneficiary.

How does it work? Participating retailers place placard affixed with $1, $3 and $5 donation slips by the checkout counters. Shoppers simply rip off the desired slip, have it scanned by the cashier and the donation is added to the bill. 100% of your donation goes from the retailer directly to Mercer Street Friends.

Send Hunger Packing Sponsorships
Sponsor one child to receive Send Hunger Packing weekend meal packs during the school year. Sponsor a site and 30 children will receive Send Hunger Packing weekend meal packs during school year. Contact the Food Bank at 609-406-0503 or email foodbankinfo@mercerstreetfriends.org for more information on Send Hunger Packing sponsorships.

Gifts in Kind
You may want to organize a drive for food, spices, warm coats or other items that we need (please see Items We Can Always Use). Or you may want to organize an activity, such as a bake sale, and donate the proceeds.

Organize a Drive
You may want to collect items, such as the ones listed below in Items We Can Always Use, from your school or civic organization. Please see How to Run a Food Drive (PDF) or contact Brian Peterson at 609.406.0503.

Organize an Activity
You may want to organize an activity, such as a bake sale, and contribute the proceeds to Mercer Street Friends.

Stamp Out Hunger
Stamp Out Hunger is the annual food drive run nationwide by the National Association of Letter Carriers on the second Saturday in May. Leave a sturdy bag filled with nonperishable food items such as tuna, canned soup, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice, and cereal by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick up your donation along with your mail. At the end of the day, your donation and those of your neighbors will be transported to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank if you live in Mercer County or to another food bank if you live outside of the county.

Items We Can Always Use at Mercer Street Friends

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
Nonperishable nutrient dense food such as canned tuna, salmon, soup, fruits and vegetable; pasta, rice, and non-sugary cereal; personal care items; food packaging items such as shrink wrap, grocery bags, and packing tape. For a detailed list and brochure on How to Organize a Food Drive, please contact the Food Bank at 608-406-0503 or email foodbankinfo@mercerstreetfriends.org.

Mercer Street Friends Parent and Adult Services
Disposable diapers in all sizes. New or gently used baby clothing, baby carriers and baby furniture such as cribs, playpens, bassinettes, changing tables, highchairs, and toddler tables with chairs. New linen, baby dishes and receiving blankets.  Toddler Art Supplies, board books, large puzzle pieces.

Mercer Street Friends Children's Services
New mittens, gloves and scarves
Gently used, cleaned warm coats
New or gently used children's books (all ages)