WAYS TO GIVE
General Tuition Assistance Fund: Each year assistance is given to deserving families who cannot afford to attend Mekeel without help. This is made possible by the support of many people through our Tuition Assistance Fund.
Yetta Relyea Scholarship Fund: This fund was created to honor the memory of Mrs. Yetta Pennington Relyea. Yetta committed thirty years of her life to Mekeel Christian Academy, formerly Schenectady Christian School. Yetta was an elementary classroom teacher, resource room teacher, girls cheerleading coach, and class advisor. Yetta's passion was to see each student achieve his/her individual best and to see Christian education as a financial possibility for every family taht desires it! This passion was evidenced by her quote, "Don't be cheap; there are some great kids who need the help!" Friends of Yetta's have already donated over $9,000 for this scholarship fund. This fund will be distributed under the umbrella of the Tuition Assistance Fund to a student who demonstrates financial need and academic success.
Designated and Undesignated: Gifts of any size may be given with designation to a specific area or may be given to the general operating fund. These gifts help to bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating students and the amount collected in tuition.
Cash or Check: Cash gifts are an easy way of giving to the school. Checks should be made payable to Mekeel Christian Academy. Stop by and visit, or send it to us in the mail.
Online Giving by Credit card: Donations may be given online; please see our Make a Gift On-line page.
Pledges: Pledges are gifts made over time through incremental payments. Determine the amount of your gift and we will help arrange payment amounts with a timeline to help you reach your goal. This process can be automated for convenient monthly electronic withdrawals.
Gifts in Kind: Giving goods or services to the school including donations of supplies, books, equipment, furnishings, software, etc., can be used as a tax write-off. This is a great way to help the school if you own your own business.
Company Matching Gifts: Many companies have matching gift programs in which the company matches gifts made by employees. Please check with your employer to see if they provide this opportunity.
Planned Giving: These gifts are a part of your investment strategy and help you meet your philanthropic and financial goals while including Mekeel Christian Academy.
Stocks/Securities: Giving appreciated stocks and mutual funds will allow for a charitable deduction for the present fair market value. There will be no capital gains tax on the appreciation.
Real Estate and Personal Property: Give with the school’s future in mind. You can give personal property or real estate with marketable value to Mekeel Christian Academy.
1976 Society – Members of the 1976 Society are those individuals whose gifts to MCA (SCS) from 1976 – the present school year total $100,000 and above. The 1976 Society will also recognize those individuals who have made irrevocable planned gifts – such as charitable trusts or charitable gift annuities