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Seminaries of the Episcopal Church receive no financial support from the national church. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, however, has repeatedly resolved that parishes contribute “at least one percent of its net disposable budgeted income to one or more of the accredited seminaries” in support of theological education. This “Theological Education Offering” (most recently reaffirmed by the 2006 Convention) provides core support for each of the eleven seminaries.

 

The General Theological Seminary was chartered by General Convention in 1817, when church leaders, with a burst of national vision, conceived an institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church, where students from all parts of the country would come to receive the scholarly, spiritual, and community formation to serve their church.  Since its founding, the support of dioceses, parishes, and missions has been integral to General’s growth. First, the parishioners of Trinity Church Wall Street, who provided the financial underpinning of the nineteenth century renewal of American Anglicanism, also generously supported its new General Seminary.

 

The faith and dedication of parishioners across the nation continues to provide over 25% of Annual Giving, supporting the spiritual and community health of General and ensuring the formation of both lay and ordained leadership for our church. Now, more than ever, parishes and missions have a critical stake in the quality of men and women who will preach from their pulpits, teach in classrooms, and serve in mission fields.

 

We are deeply grateful for the support that comes to General Seminary from parishes and urge your congregation to participate annually in the Parish 1% Giving Plan to support the seminaries of the Episcopal Church.

 

We welcome your inquiries with respect to Parish Giving to the Seminary. If you want to find out more about the theological education and formation of your future leaders of our church, we invite you to visit, worship in our chapel, tour our gardens, and have lunch with us in our refectory. If your parish is interested in learning more, or to arrange a visit, please contact Jonathan Silver at 646-717-9705, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SINCE IT'S FOUNDING IN 1817, A TRADITION OF GENEROUS PERSONAL PHILANTHROPY HAS SUPPORTED GENERAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY'S MISSION of forming and educating lay and ordained leaders for the church in a changing world. The first Episcopal Seminary in the United States, General continues to live into its mission through a community centered on worship, spiritual formation, fellowship, and social justice. General Seminary is funded by voluntary gifts from our alumni/ae, individuals, parishes and dioceses that are committed to the life-changing work of theological education, an experience that is intellectually rigorous, liturgically comprehensive, and spiritually grounded in Anglican worship and community.

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As we celebrate our new and returning seminarians, and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of General Seminary, we are reminded of all God’s blessings on our community. In the midst of our challenges – Financial, Missional, and Cultural – we witness just how many people care deeply about the Seminary. A multitude of sisters and brothers have shown their continued faith and support through prayer, honest and challenging conversation, or tithing – often all of these! 

 

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Your gift, of any size, contributes to the spiritual and community health of General Seminary, and is one of the strongest means of supporting the formation of our scholars and ensuring the future of theological education in New York City.

 

Direct Giving - Online or by Check

After clicking the "Donate Now" button, you'll be taken to a secure site where you can select one of these options on the donation form (see the pull-down menu "Program designations"). If you choose to pay by check, simply write your selection in the memo line.

  • A gift to our Annual Fund, is the "first and best gift" one can make to the Seminary. Annual Fund gifts are applied immediately to those things we care about most -- maintaining our academic programs and creating new ones, supporting our distinguished faculty, making tuition affordable for talented seminarians of diverse financial backgrounds, investing in facilities and technology, and maintaining the Close -- our beautiful and historic grounds.
  • In all seasons, the Close is uniquely beautiful with the support of the Chelsea Square Conservancy, a special fund dedicated to enhancing our historic gardens and grounds. Gifts to the Conservancy contribute directly to the annual bulb planting, the long-term care of our sixty trees, and the maintenance of our gracious lawns.
  • Established in 1976  The Center for Christian Spirituality educates and forms leaders to offer ministries of spiritual guidance, including spiritual direction. The CCS is grateful to all who care about spiritual leadership in the church and in the world and express their care through a gift to GTS directed to CCS.
  • Gifts directed to Scholarship assistance support General Theological Seminary's commitment to attracting persons of academic excellence and true gifts for ministry from wide and diverse backgrounds, regardless of their financial resources.

Should you have a special interest that you would like to support, or should you require more information, please contact Jonathan Silver at 646-717-9705, or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 RECURRING GIFTS are the easiest way to give steady support. To make a recurring gift, click the link below to go to our secure online donation site.

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Donating Securities

Stock certificates can be reassigned directly to General Seminary, or they may be transferred through your broker. For detailed instructions, please click here or consult with the Office of Advancement.

Charitable Trusts

A charitable trust is a useful estate planning tool that allows you to remove assets from an estate, potentially reducing probate expenses and estate taxes, while ensuring the financial well-being of your family and, if providing a significant planned gift. 

Gifts of Life Insurance

Paid-up life insurance policies provide an excellent opportunity for accomplishing philanthropic objectives. If the circumstances under which a life insurance policy was purchased no longer apply, you may wish to consider putting that money to work for General Seminary.

Gifts to the Endowment

The Endowment establishes the permanence of Faculty chairs, Scholarship aid,and ensures there will always be a General Seminary. 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 apply for named funds for restricted use within the endowment. For more information, please contact Donna Ashley, Vice-President of Advancement, at 646-717-9706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leaving a Legacy

A Legacy Gift, also known as Deferred or Planned Giving is an effective way of ensuring General Theological Seminary's future vibrancy. You can make a Legacy Gift to General in a number of tax-beneficial ways. When you make a bequest or contribution of any size in your will, you become a member of The Jacob Sherred Society.

All of us who have studied, taught, worked, and worshiped at GTS are beneficiaries of the generosity and leadership of Jacob Sherred, a prominent architect and vestry member of the early Trinity Parish in NYC. Upon his death in 1821, his bequest secured General Theological Seminary's future. By including General Seminary in their wills, trusts, or other forms of estate planning, members of the Society that bears his name have joined a powerful legacy of philanthropic support to prepare future leaders of our Church.

We invite you to consider creating a philanthropic legacy for yourself or a loved one as a partner in General's long-term mission. For more information, please contact Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, at 646-717-9705 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Personal philanthropy is one of the strongest means of supporting the mission of the General Theological Seminary. In making your gift today you ensure the future of theological education here in New York City.

You can designate your gift to our annual fund, endowment, or General's Library by selecting these options on your donation form.

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Support for the annual fund is the "first and best gift" one can make to the Seminary.
Annual Fund gifts are applied to daily operations at GTS and directly affect those things we care about most: supporting the formative programs that prepare our students for ministry, making tuition more affordable for talented seminarians of diverse financial backgrounds, compensating our distinguished faculty, maintaining our historic chapel and the beautiful resources of the Close. Cash from tuition and other student fees provides only 23% of the cash requirements to form and educate our students. We are humbled that The Annual Fund continues to meet or surpass our goal, providing over 20% of our budgetary needs.

 

 

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This is what we have done and are doing to make sure your Annual Fund gift goes where it is needed most:

  • Since 2011 we have reduced our operating budget by 60%. The Plan to Choose Life, while difficult at times, blessed us with an operating reserve that enabled us to continue our mission as we continue to change the way we operate. The reserve has now been significantly depleted with 2 to 3 years of funds remaining but our goal is to create growth in other areas and eliminate the need for this reserve spending.
  • The Plan to Choose Life also blessed us with a new partner for the operation of Hoffman Hall and the Tutu Center that provides approximately 14% of our cash needs. The generosity of those who gave to the campaign to create The Desmond Tutu Center has provided us with a virtual endowment!
  •  For the past four years, we have taken a very conservative approach regarding the use of our endowment. We realize that this money was given by benefactors to help sustain the Seminary and our students. A draw of 5% annually provides the Seminary with approximately 17% of our cash needs, of which over $300,000 is given to students in the form of scholarships.

 

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In the midst of our challenges – Financial, Missional, and Cultural – we witness just how many people care deeply about the Seminary. A multitude of sisters and brothers have shown their continued faith and support through prayer, honest and challenging conversation, or tithing – often all of these! 

So many have given so generously to General Seminary in so many ways, and we know a simple “thank you” is never enough. Please know that our entire community, particularly our seminarians – your future leaders - offer the deepest and most sincere collective gratitude for the concern expressed about your Seminary’s future and well being. We are dedicated to maintaining all the best of the past while evolving to meet the needs and address the challenges of our changing Church in a changing world with purpose and vision. We can’t do it without you!

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 If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to The General Theological Seminary and mail to us c/o The Office of Advancement, 440 West 21 Street, New York, N.Y. 10011

For further information, please contact

Jonathan Silver

Director of Development

646-717-9705

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A deferred gift is a gift that will come to the Seminary in time rather than within a limited period such as three to five years.  The most common type of deferred gift is a bequest in a will. (Everyone should have a will. If you don't, make an appointment today!)  Other deferred gifts include charitable trusts,  and life insurance.  Deferred gifts can be tremendously beneficial both to the Seminary and to the donor. Often donors are able to make far larger contributions than they imagine themselves capable, and those gifts in turn have a far larger impact on the areas of Seminary life they choose to affect. Descriptions of each of these types of gifts may be found by clicking on the underlined links.

All those who make deferred gifts to the Seminary become members of the Jacob Sherred Society.  Jacob Sherred was on the vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street and in 1820 his bequest secured the Seminary's financial stability at a time when its future was in doubt.  All of us who have studied, taught, worked, and worshiped at GTS are beneficiaries of his generosity and leadership.  The Board of Trustees created the Society to honor Sherred's visionary commitment to theological education and to recognize those who join him in that care.  Each year at the service of All Saints when the Seminaries benefactors are remembered, there is a special recognition of members of the Sherred Society. As well, there are occasional meetings of the Society where the Dean, trustees, faculty, students and staff gather to give their thanks.

 

For more information, please contact

Jonathan Silver
Director of Development
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The General Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.