When you give to Louisville Seminary, you Engage the World
With every gift there is a story, a reason, a calling.
Maybe it is to help students receive scholarship support. Maybe it is to get faculty the tools they need to provide the best theological education. Maybe it is gratitude for the faith leaders who have touched your life. Maybe it is a way to say thanks for your own Seminary Experience – enhanced by a scholarship, guidance from a faculty member or a life-changing field education opportunity.
Whatever the reason, your gift makes a difference.
Giving: Myths VS. Facts
Myth #1: Since the Seminary provides 100% tuition scholarships to master’s level students, it must have all the money it needs. FACT: While Louisville Seminary is blessed with an endowment, it supports only a portion of the tuition scholarships for our students. Nearly XX% of scholarship dollars awarded each year are possible because of gifts from donors like you. When you give to Louisville Seminary, you are directly supporting future faith leaders and helping them avoid crippling student debt in their life of ministry.
Myth #2: I can only give a small amount, and that won't make a difference. FACT: In Fiscal Year 2018-19, around XX donors gave $100 or less to the Seminary, resulting in more than $XXXXX raised. Helping to make Louisville Seminary better for the future is a collaborative effort. Gifts of all sizes make a difference.
Myth #3: The Seminary doesn't need me –alums and churches support it. FACT: Because we are a specialized institution, we have approximately 2,400 living alums throughout the U.S. and the globe. We are proud that our alums represent the largest group of donors to the Seminary, but their financial resources are generally more limited as they are devoted to a life of service and ministry. Many congregations continue to support the Seminary, but those numbers and dollars have diminished over the years. We depend on you to support our students and our mission.
All that Louisville Seminary is today has been made possible by the devotion and faith-filled support of those who have come before us. We honor that generosity through the President’s Circle, Seminary Sustainers and Caldwell Society, all of which have been established to recognize the generosity of the Seminary’s alums and friends.
President’s Circle This annual giving society celebrates the leadership of donors who contribute $1,000 or more each year. These gift provide a strong foundation to support our tuition scholarships, educational instruction, field education, library resources and chapel ministry. Members of the President’s Circle empower Louisville Seminary to accept the divine invitation, the challenges, and the reward to build bridges and engage the world.
President’s Circle members receive invitations to special Seminary events. Their leadership is an important example to others considering meaningful financial commitments to Louisville Seminary.
Gifts of $1,000 can provide... • A scholarship for a current student. • The opportunity for a student to pursue a research project in his or her area of interest. • The chance for a faculty member to attend a conference and present research. • A stipend for a faculty member. • Operating expenses for a student group. • The opportunity for a student to study abroad. • Travel costs for speakers to come to campus. • Seminary Sustainers
Caldwell Society Frank H. Caldwell served as President of the Seminary for 28 years, as well as six years as Professor of Homiletics before becoming President. He directed the PCUS Foundation, led the effort to reunite the northern and southern churches from the 1930s to the 1950s, and influenced the lives of hundreds of Louisville Seminary students before his death in 1987.
Fannie W. Caldwell was well known and loved on campus for her genuine caring and hospitality. She was known for never forgetting a face or a name, an ability that greatly contributed to the Seminary’s ministry over the years. She died in 2008.
The Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Society was established to recognize Louisville Seminary alums and friends who provide visionary support to the Seminary through their estate plans. If you have already made provisions to support Louisville Seminary in your estate plans, we encourage you to notify us of your intent and become a member of the Caldwell Society today.
Benefits Caldwell Society members receive invitations to special Seminary events and—with their approval—receive recognition in various publications. Their leadership is an important example to others considering meaningful, long-lasting financial commitments to the Seminary.
Membership There are a variety of giving techniques that qualify you for Caldwell Society membership. Working with your financial advisors, there are many creative ways for you to incorporate future support for Louisville Seminary into your estate plans. • Bequest – The most common type of legacy gift, you name Louisville Seminary as a beneficiary of your will, revocable trust or retirement plan. • Charitable Gift Annuities - In exchange for your contribution, the Seminary, in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation, guarantees you and/or a spouse fixed income for life. • Charitable Remainder Trusts - Provide income to you and/or another loved one for life or a term of years. • Additional giving options include: o Life insurance o Gifts of real estate o Retirement plan gifts
Personalizing Your Legacy Please consult the Seminary when making a legacy gift through your will, trust or retirement plan. We can provide direction on charitable and tax strategies that support your philanthropic goals.
For many of us – alums, students and friends – Louisville Seminary holds a special place in our hearts. We invite you to complete the form below to tell us why you support LPTS. Did a class, field education experience, faculty mentor or ministry opportunity help shape who you became? Why do you give back? We would love to hear about your Seminary story and possibly share it in an online gallery. Click here to share your story.
Ways to Give
There are many ways you can support Louisville Seminary. Whether you make an annual gift, give to an endowment fund or make a gift through your estate, your support will help create life-changing opportunities for our students, faculty and the entire Seminary community as we prepare women and men for a life of ministry and service.
Thank you for supporting Louisville Seminary. Your gift only takes a moment but your support will impact generations of faith leaders.
You can make a one-time donation or schedule recurring gifts using the online giving form and your credit card information.
What is a Seminary Sustainer? Sustainers make ongoing, monthly gifts to the Seminary, providing a dependable funding source and reducing fundraising costs so more of their gifts go directly to supporting students at the Seminary. You can set this up easily by using our secure online giving form. You can call us any time to stop or change your gift.
How do sustainers help the Seminary? Fewer resources are devoted to gift processing. You help save money in fundraising costs (mailing, postage, and staff), which can be re-directed to support our greatest needs. Your dollars go directly into programs that support the Seminary.
Are there benefits for being a Sustainer? •Special recognition and campus engagement opportunities. •An annual call from a current student to chat about what's happening at the Seminary. •Complete control over your giving.
The link for “Plan your gift” is coming soon.
More Ways to Give
More ways to give include: • Scholarships • Endowments • Stock or other property • Memorial Garden • Programs and Projects • Named Bench • New Residence Hall
Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement to discuss these giving options. You can reach us at 502.992.9353 or email@example.com.
Where to Give
Your giving matters. Because of donors like you, Louisville Seminary has been a hub of Christian learning for over 165 years, preparing men and women for a life and ministry.
The Annual Fund offers a critical source of funding for meeting the Seminary’s greatest needs, whatever they are and whenever they arise. Your gift supports our mission by providing funding for student financial aid, outstanding faculty instruction, field education, library resources, and chapel ministry.
Every gift, regardless of size, makes an impact and help us support our students on their faith-filled journey to ministry.
The link to support the Annual Fund is coming soon.
To prevent crushing student debt for persons devoted to a life of service and ministry, Louisville Seminary provides 100% tuition scholarships to all Master’s Level students. About two dozen students also receive Presidential Scholarships, which provides funding for both tuition and housing expenses.
Your gift to support scholarships makes a Louisville Seminary degree accessible to more promising future faith leaders.
The link to support scholarships is coming soon.
Placeholder content: Stewardship begins with our seniors. As our graduating students prepare for their life in ministry and service, they are encouraged to support the place where the roots of their ministry were planted. We are grateful for their commitment to the life of Louisville Seminary as our newest alums.
Office of Institutional Advancement Nelson Hall 1044 Alta Vista Road Louisville, KY 40205 Directions (link)
Legal Name: Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Tax Identification Number: 61-0444768 IRS Determination Letter of Tax-exempt Status * PDF of Instructions for transfers of common stock, preferred stock, or bonds forthcoming * PDF of 2018 Financial Statements forthcoming
Donor Bill of Rights
The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.
The Donor Bill of Rights Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.