Friends of GTS


Chelsea Square is undergoing the most comprehensive renewal it has seen in 100 years. Four buildings have been re-pointed and re-roofed with historically appropriate slate shingles: Lorillard, Edson, White, and Sherred.  Six buildings have been fully renovated:  Chelsea 2,3,4, Kohne, Dodge, and Eigenbrodt, while Chelsea 8,9, and Hoffman Hall (including the stately Refectory), have been outfitted to serve as the Desmond Tutu Center.

One of the key results of these efforts has been a dramatic reduction in the percentage of the operating budget designated for facilities maintenance, from over 40% in 1999 to 24% today.

Important work remains to be done. The master plan created by the architects Beyer Blinder Belle calls for a full renovation of West building, Pintard, and Dehon. Finally, and most importantly, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd must be re-pointed and re-roofed.  All of these projects can only be undertaken with significant philanthropic support from all who care about theological education on Chelsea Square.

The Seminary seeks support for the Chelsea Square Conservancy, a special fund dedicated to enhancing our historic gardens and grounds. Even if you have already made a gift to the annual fund this year, we invite you to consider providing additional gift support to strengthen and nourish the Seminary's horticulture. We are blessed to have an exceptional group of volunteers known as the Chelsea Square Executive Committee, whose gifts of time and talent continue to make the Seminary a beautiful place for all who live, work, study and visit here. If you are interested in becoming involved at this level please contact Donna Ashley at 212-243-5150 ext. 388.

Gifts to the Conservancy contribute directly to the annual bulb planting, the long-term care for our sixty trees, and the maintenance of our gracious lawns.

The Seminary's buildings and horticulture are often cited as one of New York City’s hidden treasures. We invite you to stop by next time you are in the neighborhood.

In all seasons, the Close is uniquely beautiful.

For further information, please contact

Donna Ashley
VP of Institutional Advancement
212-243-5150, ext. 388

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P1000377With the opening of The Desmond Tutu Center, The General Theological Seminary is extending its mission beyond the Close, inviting all of God's people to join us in prayer, professional development and discussion.  The Gala grand opening celebration and the inaugural conference of the Desmond Tutu Education Center, Reconciliation at the Roundtable: God's Call in the 21st Century were wonderful events in the life of the Seminary.

The Friends of the Desmond Tutu Center offers support to the programs and conferences offered at the Center, including the Center for Peace & Reconciliation. Programs and conferences welcome distinguished guests to discuss timely issues for people of faith everywhere. Please check back as we continue to build this exciting addition to our GTS community.





Establishing the permanence of faculty chairs and scholarship aid is the role of the endowment fund. Professionally managed, with income spent according to a Board of Trustees-approved rate, the endowment ensures that there will always be a General Seminary. As with the capital redevelopment fund, naming opportunities exist to recognize loved ones or other friends of GTS, and donors may wish to consider a multi-year payment period. Minimum contribution levels may apply for named funds for restricted use within the endowment.


For further information, please contact

Donna Ashley

Vice President, Institutional Advancement


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Please find below a listing of our Institutional Advancement and Alumni/ae Relations Team. Our office is always available to hear your suggestions or concerns and answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you.


Donna Ashley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

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Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, Alumni/ae Liaison

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The General Theological Seminary

Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni/ae Relations

440 W. 21st Street

New York, NY 10011

Friends of GTS are those who did not attend the General Theological Seminary but who seek to support its life and mission. Since 1817, General has been called to educate and form leaders for Christ's church. Still today these leaders --women and men, ordained and lay -- go forth from our gates to serve the parish, the nation and the world, in word and in works, deepened and strengthened by their Seminary experiences.

Friends of GTS may wish to support the Seminary's annual fund or endorment or another aspect its work such as its grounds through the Chelsea Square Conservancy, the The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library or another of its many programs.  Click on the links to learn how the Seminary benefits from your gift in each of these areas.


There are also many ways to give: online, mail,  bequests,  life insurance  or securities. Have you considered a deferred gift to the Seminary?  In partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation, The General Theological Seminary offers the full range of deferred gift opportunities.

Philanthropy has shaped and guided General Seminary for almost two hundred years. We may be sure it will determine its future as GTS looks ahead to a third century of service. Help us plant the seeds of increase!
Do you wish to make an online gift today? (Please note that you will be redirected to our secure online giving site.)

For further information, please contact
Donna Ashley, V.P. of Institutional Advancement
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