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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Bequests are often the first and easiest deferred gift a donor can make. In planning your estate, you should remember that an outright bequest to General Seminary, as well as certain bequests in trust, are not subject to estate taxation. A bequest should always be drawn up with the advice of an attorney. A bequest to General Seminary can take any of the following forms:

  • A specific bequest of a dollar amount or of particular securities or other property;
  • A residuary bequest of all or a portion of your estate, after the payment of specific amounts to other beneficiaries;
  • A contingent bequest to take effect only in the event that the primary beneficiaries under your will die before you;
  • A testamentary trust, which takes the form of a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust or a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, the corpus of which will be paid to General Seminary upon the death of the trusts income beneficiary.

Advantages
In order to make a bequest, one must have a will. Everyone should have a will, regardless of the ability or desire to make a charitable bequest. Having a will confers the inestimable peace of mind that one?s estate will be distributed according to personal wishes and not by the laws of the state. Once a will is drawn, bequest intentions are easy to make or amend, and donors often find they are able to make a more significant estate contribution to a beloved institution than may be possible in outright fashion during life.
 

Bequests: Sample Language
The following language may assist you and your attorney in preparing a bequest.

General Bequest
To make an outright bequest of cash, securities, or other property by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, or a fixed percentage of your estate to the Seminary to be used for its general purposes:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, the sum of $________ [or a description of the specific asset], for the benefit of The General Theological Seminary for its general purposes."

Specific Bequest
To make an outright bequest for a specific purpose:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, the sum of $_______ [or a description of the specific asset], for the benefit of The General Theological Seminary to be used for the following purpose: [state the purpose]. If at any time in the judgment of the Trustees of The General Theological Seminary it is impossible or impracticable to carry out exactly the designated purpose, they shall determine an alternative purpose as near as possible to the designated purpose."

Residuary Bequest
To leave the residue portion of your assets after other terms of the will have been satisfied:

"All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, for its general purposes."

Contingency Bequest
To make a contingency gift, so that the Seminary will receive a portion of your estate if your named beneficiary does not survive you:

"I devise and bequeath the residue of the property, real and personal and wherever situated, owned by me at my death, to [name of beneficiary], if [she/he] survives me. If [name of beneficiary] does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, a non-profit educational institution located at 440 West 21st Street, New York, New York, for its general purposes."

 

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Jonathan Silver
Director of Development
646-717-9705
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Donating Securities: How to Give
Stock certificates can be reassigned directly to General Seminary, or they may be transferred through your broker.  For either transaction, please consult with the Office of Institutional Advancement for detailed instructions.

Advantages: Federal income tax laws allow you to deduct the full market value of appreciated securities on the date of gift, subject only to a limitation of 30% of your adjusted gross income. The excess beyond the 30% may be carried forward for five years.  By making a gift of appreciated stock you avoid capital-gains tax on the appreciated value.

In the case of securities which have decreased in value (have a fair market value less than your cost basis), donors most often sell the securities, taking the loss for tax purposes, and then contributing the cash proceeds. In this way the gift provides a deduction for both the sale loss and for the charitable contribution.

How To Transfer Securities
By giving your broker the following information, you will ensure a direct transfer of gift securities from your brokerage account to the Seminary's. As always, please consult a financial advisor for the best way to accomplish charitable objectives through a gift of securities.

When a transfer of securities lands in General's account, we do not receive notification of the donor's name. Therefore, please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. beforehand of a gift transfer to ensure it is properly recognized and prompt acknowledgement can be made.

Securities may be transferred to:

The Glenmede Trust Company
Attention: Trust Operations (tel. 215-419-6093)

DTC # 2139
Agent Bank # 12286
FBO The General Theological Seminary Gifts Account # 5373-01-2/3.2

The Seminary can also accept securities in certificate form. Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for further instructions.

Closely Held Stock
If you control stock in a closely held corporation a gift of that stock to the General Seminary can generate substantial tax savings. You will receive a charitable contribution deduction equal to the fair market value of the stock, subject to the limitation rules that apply to gifts of securities.

Advantages: Once you have given closely held stock your corporation may redeem shares of the stock from the Seminary in an amount equivalent to the value of the shares which you contributed. The Seminary will receive cash, and you will have received an appropriate tax benefit.

The Internal Revenue Service and the courts have approved this type of transaction as long as the Seminary is not legally bound or cannot be compelled by the corporation to surrender the shares for redemption.

 

For further information, please contact

Donna Ashley
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
646-717-9706
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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.

 

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Jonathan Silver
Director of Development
646-717-9705

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Paid-up life insurance policies provide an excellent opportunity for accomplishing charitable objectives. If the circumstances under which a life insureance policy was purchased no longer apply, you may wish to consider putting that money to work for General Seminary.  This may be done by designating the Seminary as the sole owner and beneficiary of an existing or new policy. In some circumstances, the Seminary will accept policies toward which the donor is still paying premiums. however, in the event the donor cannot fulfill the full premium obligation, the Seminary is unable to assume payments.

Many GTS alumni/ae have designated their Church Life Insurance Corporation groop policies for the benefit of the Seminary.  If only 10% of all GTS alumni/ae designated their $30,000 policies for the Seminary, the cumulative effect would be a dramatic increase in the Seminary's endowment. Perhaps in this way your class could be the first to have 100% of its members join the Sherred Society!

Tax information: When a paid-up policy is contributed to the Seminary, the allowable deduction is equal to its replacement value, unless that amount exceeds your tax basis in the policy, in which case the deduction is limited to the basis. If premiums remain to be paid on the policy, the deduction is gnerally equal to the interpolated terminal reserve value of the policy, an amount slightly in excess of the ploicy's cash surrender value.

 

For further information, please contact

Jonathan Silver, Director of Development
646-717-9705
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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.