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Ways of Giving

Outright Gifts

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  • Gifts via Check

    Please make your check payable to Virginia Theological Seminary and mail to:

    Office of Institutional Advancement
    Virginia Theological Seminary
    3737 Seminary Road
    Alexandria, VA 22304

    Any check dated and postmarked on or before December 31 will be acknowledged as a contribution for that year.
  • Matching Gifts

    Some employers will match charitable gifts to leverage the impact of your donation. Please follow your employer’s instructions for securing a match. If you are unsure whether your employer will match your gift, please contact your HR department.
  • Gifts via Credit Card

    Credit card gifts can be made at www.vts.edu/give. Any transaction completed on or before December 31 will be acknowledged as a contribution for that year. Our online giving is monitored daily, even when the Seminary is closed.
  • Gifts Made in Honor and in Memoriam

    Over the years a special tradition has evolved as individuals have contributed to Virginia Seminary in memory of particular individuals, such as a beloved family member, a revered professor or a devoted pastor. Many gifts have also been made in honor of an individual's current ministry. Contributors of Memorial and Honor Gifts to Virginia Theological Seminary are recognized in The Annual Report for each fiscal year and honored as members of the Seminary's Giving Societies. 

    If you would like to receive a card acknowledging your gift made in honor or in memoriam, please contact Jennifer Wade Greiner.
  • Gifts of Asset

    To make a gift of business interest, real estate, or other asset, please contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Linda L. Dienno at 703-461-1717, or by email at ldienno@vts.edu.

    All gifts are accepted in accordance with Virginia Theological Seminary's gift acceptance policy.
  • Gifts of Securities

    To make a gift of stock or other securities, please contact Comptroller Olivine Pilling at 1-800-941-0083 or 703-461-1709 for appropriate instructions for the transfer of securities and to ensure that your gift is appropriately credited.

Deferred and Planned Gifts

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  • Including the Seminary in your Will

    Ways to Name Virginia Seminary as a Beneficiary
     
    1. Making unrestricted outright bequest. In making such a gift, you may designate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to Virginia Seminary.
    2. Naming the Seminary as a remainder beneficiary. In this case, the Seminary will only receive funds after specific sums have been paid to other designated beneficiaries. 
    3. Making a contingent bequest which will provide for the distribution of assets to Virginia Seminary only if one or more of your named beneficiaries does not survive you.
     
    Suggested Language for Including a Bequest to Virginia Seminary in Your Will
     
    For an Unrestricted Bequest:
     
    I give and bequeath to the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia ($__________) or (__________% of the residue of my estate) to be added to the General Endowment Fund of the Seminary.
     
    For a Specified Bequest:
     
    I give and bequeath to the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia ($____________) or (____________% of the residue of my estate), the income to be used only for the following purpose: (state purpose). If, in the future, it is in the opinion of the Dean and President, with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees, that all or part of the income of this fund cannot be usefully applied to such purpose, the Seminary may use the same for any purpose that will most nearly accomplish my wishes.
     
    For a Contingent Bequest:
     
    In the event that any of the beneficiaries named herein (in my will) predeceases me (or predeceases me leaving no heirs), I leave the rest and residue of my estate to the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, to be added to the General Endowment Fund of the Seminary.
     
    Individuals who inform us that they have made a provision for Virginia Theological Seminary in their will or trust are recognized in The Annual Report for each fiscal year and honored as Members of the Seminary's Francis Scott Key Society.
     
    We would be pleased to discuss any of these opportunities with you and your counsel. For additional information, please contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Linda L. Dienno at 703-461-1717, or by email at ldienno@vts.edu.
  • Gifts that Provide Income for Life

    VTS offers several methods by which you can transfer capital to the Seminary but retain the income from the asset for your lifetime and/or the lifetime of your spouse or another person. Working through the Episcopal Church Foundation, you can fund a Charitable Gift Annuity arrangement, whereby you transfer capital and receive a guaranteed fixed income each year, paid quarterly. For larger gifts, you can establish separate Charitable Trusts which will pay you either an annuity or percentage amount.
     
    The advantages vary according to your circumstance and objectives, but all the plans at Virginia Theological Seminary offer you the following benefits:
     
    • Annual Income for yourself and/or another beneficiary.
    • Immediate federal income tax deduction.
    • Avoidance of a capital gains tax when giving appreciated property.
    • Investment Diversification.
    • Estate tax savings.
     
    When the last income beneficiary dies, the principal is transferred to the Seminary for a purpose of your choosing.
     
    We would be pleased to discuss any of these giving opportunities with you and your counsel. For additional information, please contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Linda L. Dienno at 703-461-1717, or by email at ldienno@vts.edu.
  • IRA Charitable Rollover

    Congress made permanent the law that allows people age 70½ or older who own an IRA to make cash gifts directly from their IRA to charity. An IRA rollover gift will not be included in your taxable income and will qualify for your required minimum distribution. To make a charitable IRA rollover gift, please contact the company that your individual IRA investments are with and request a distribution from the IRA custodian directly to VTS and ensure no withholding is being taken from the qualified charitable distribution (QCD). 
     
  • Gifts of Life Insurance

    A gift of life insurance can provide a significant year-end charitable deduction. You could purchase a new policy or donate a policy that you currently own but no longer need. To receive a deduction, designate VTS as both the owner and beneficiary of the life insurance policy. Check with your insurance agent for details.
Your gifts enable the Seminary to prepare men and women to address timeless needs in an ever-changing world, without the oppressive burden of significant educational debt incurred while at Seminary. Your gifts also allow the Seminary to meet the needs of congregations and communities in the wider church at a time of great challenge and opportunity.

The Seminary depends upon the philanthropy of all our friends, and we are forever grateful for that support.

VTS Gift Acceptance Policies

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