For over 100 years, at Mercantile our business has been built on relationships: relationships with our customers, shareholders, employees, and ultimately with the community we call home. We are dedicated to keeping these relationships strong by actively supporting the organizations and efforts within our community that enrich and assist us all as individuals.
The purpose of this Community Giving Guide is to highlight charitable organizations that accept and thrive on the kindness and generosity of their supporters. It is also to provide area residents, banks, accountants and attorneys with a comprehensive resource to use during the gift-planning process.
Whether it is with monetary support, educational grants and events, our employees' time, or by bringing individuals and our community together with projects such as this Community Giving Guide, we are deeply committed to our corporate citizenship philosophy: by sharing our resources with organizations that focus on such areas as education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture, we believe we can make a difference in the world, strengthen community ties, and provide ourselves with meaningful opportunities to "give something back."
There are numerous planned giving vehicles and combinations that allow you to tailor make a gifting plan. We encourage you to use this guide as a tool when discussing your estate-planning options with a qualified professional advisor.
Charitable giving is also an important source of revenue for the organizations themselves. Often, these types of gifts help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the organizations that strive to provide essential services and support to our community as a whole.
If you do not already have a professional advisor or an estate plan or if you would like more information about adding a charitable gift to your current plan, please contact us at 217-223-7310 or toll-free at 800-405-6372 to speak with a trust and estate-planning professional today.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you: Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who actively give of their time and money to help support the many worthy organizations our community is fortunate to have; thank you to the organizations and their employees who tirelessly strive to improve our overall quality of life. It is this partnership between donors, corporate citizens and these organizations which makes our community such a wonderful place to live!