Matching Gift Challenge Issued Towards the Annual Fund


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Alexandria, VA – Today the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), announced a matching gift challenge to benefit the Seminary’s Annual Fund.

“Today I am proud to announce the generous support of the Rev. Doug Hiza (’63) and Joan Hiza,” said Markham in an e-mail to alumni and friends. “In an extraordinary act of generosity, and in thanksgiving for the 35th anniversary of their wedding day, Doug and Joan have offered a $25,000 matching gift for this year's spring phonathon, which is April 8 - 10.”

An increasingly important part of the Annual Fund is the volunteer driven phonathon which connects the Seminary with alumni and friends of VTS twice a year. Thanks to the Hiza’s generous gift, the first $25,000 given during next week’s spring phonathon will automatically double.

“Going into the spring phonathon, more than 1,180 donors have contributed $534,243.70 towards the Annual Fund,” said Mr. Bill Campbell, director of the Annual Fund. “Having reached nearly 80 percent of our Annual Fund goal before we begin the spring push to close our fiscal year is a blessing.”

An investment in the future of the Church, gifts to the Annual Fund help ensure that our students leave VTS without any additional educational debt. In addition, the Annual Fund at Virginia Theological Seminary supports mentoring programs, affordable on-campus childcare, field education, spiritual direction and continuing education programs.

A profile on the Hizas will be published this summer in the Journal


Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at