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The Annual Fund provides critical financial support for every aspect of Mercy Center’s programs. Every donation helps sustain our free Adult Education/Workforce Development Programs, Family and Youth Programs, Social Services, and Immigration Services.

The support which you offer through your annual gift makes it possible for us to bridge the gap between the revenues received from government grants, foundation and corporate support, and the actual cost of providing quality services for each family.

We greatly appreciate the commitment you make to our participants.

In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center helps women and their families in the South Bronx recognize the power they have to liberate themselves from economic poverty. We promote their right to an improved quality of life by addressing the needs of the whole person, development skills for healthy family living and economic advancement, and building a community of respect, hospitality, and non-violence.

We hope that you continue to believe in our work by supporting the Annual Fund.

Thank you!

„Just like the joy of basking in sunlight, there is great joy in basking in the light that emanates from the hearts of people involved in a good and generous work. And so it is at Mercy Center - participants, friends, staff, supporters, volunteers, foundations.”


Co-Director Mercy Center 2003-2011


Planned Giving

You can make a lasting gift to Mercy Center that will help continue our work and at the same time may reduce your tax burden and/or earn lifetime income:

  • Make a bequest through your will.
  • Purchase a Mercy Center Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA).
  • Donate a paid insurance policy that names Mercy Center as the beneficiary.


Ways to Contribute

Annual Fund

Mercy Center’s fiscal year is from June 30 - July 31. All donations in response to our Fall/Winter and Spring appeals directly support our Annual Fund.

Recurring Donations

Donations that are automatically deducted on a monthly schedule directly support our Annual Fund.

Memorial Funds

Donations can be made in the name of or in memory of someone you wish to honor. All names are listed in our Book of Life.

Transfer of securities

Mercy Center has an investment firm that deals with all gifts of securities and annuities. Please contact Archie Crawford in our Development Office to arrange for a transfer of securities.

Add us to your will

Living trusts and beneficiary designations on IRAs, 401(k)s, and other financial and investment instruments or land. The donor can put restrictions on what Mercy Center can do with the gift.

Gifts in-Kind

Items and professional services can also be donated to Mercy Center as needed. Please contact the Development Office for arrangements of in-kind donations.



Sister Mary Ann Dirr Legacy Circle

Sister Mary Ann Dirr was an advocate for those less fortunate, the poor, the disenfranchised, those victimized by violence, immigrants in a foreign land – women, families, anyone and everyone in need.

She made it her life’s mission to help women recognize the power they have to change their lives.

In establishing Mercy Center, she found the ways to make this happen, creating programs and providing services to those who needed them.​

It brought her great joy to see the growth and strength of so many women over the years.

The strong sense of community that exists at Mercy Center today is built on the foundation Sister Mary Ann laid and nurtured for almost thirty years.


John Bucki SJ Youth Fund

In tribute to Fr. John Bucki, SJ, we honor his boundless dedication to justice and faith. His impact resonated from St. Francis Xavier to the youth of the South Bronx.

John fervently promoted Mercy Center’s mission, organizing the Week of Winter Service and fostering participant engagement in our youth program.

The John Bucki SJ Youth Fund upholds his legacy, providing a sanctuary for marginalized youth. Your support sustains this vital initiative, ensuring John’s spirit of service endures.​

Join us in honoring his memory and supporting the John Bucki SJ Youth Fund at Mercy Center.


Other Ways To Donate


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More than 15 million people use Goodsearch every day to support more than 100,000 non-profits and schools. When you are doing your routine every day web search using the Goodsearch engine, powered by Yahoo, a small donation is given to the non-profit of your choice. It’s a simple and practical way to support Mercy Center at no cost to you! For more info, please visit Good Search.

GreatNonProfits and Guidestar

Another way you can help us is to write a review of Mercy Center on and GreatNonProfits is an excellent resource for donors to share information about their favorite charity. GuideStar sets the industry standard in providing transparency on budget and spending ratios. Adding to our profiles on these sites is a great way to promote Mercy Center.

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    Thanks to our supporters!

    We are very grateful for the generosity of the individuals, groups, businesses, foundations, and friends that partner with us to provide education, family, civic, social, and economic programs to the residents of the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of the women, men and families that reside in our community. 

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