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Giving Societies

Francis Scott Key Society
Best known for writing The Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key was also one of the founders of Virginia Theological Seminary. In order to ensure the Seminary's lasting good health, Francis Scott Key set aside one-tenth of all he earned throughout his life for charities, including the Seminary. Upon his death in 1843, the money was disbursed according to his wishes. By including Virginia Seminary in their wills or trusts or by making life income gifts to the Seminary, the members of the Society that bears his name have emulated Francis Scott Key by planning for the Seminary's financial future.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Society
Gifts of $100,000 and over
Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and gave unselfishly to its activities with the intent of fostering religion and education and relieving and comforting the underprivileged and the afflicted. Mrs. Evans was known for her concern for others and a genuine benevolent spirit.

The Armistead L. Boothe Society
Gifts of $50,000 to $99,999
This society honors a long-time friend of VTS, a former director of development, and member of the Board of Trustees. Armistead or Army (as he was known to family and friends), lived a rich and full life from 1907—1990. In his lifetime, he forged rich relationships for VTS and raised countless dollars in gifts. From his own treasure, he donated more than $135,000 to VTS. Upon his death, a bequest from his estate coupled with gifts from family and friends, created The Armistead L. Boothe Grant for Scholarships for Study in Israel (Holy Land Fund).

The Bishop William Meade Society
Gifts of $25,000 to $49,999
This society's namesake was the third bishop of Virginia, and one of the founders of Virginia Theological Seminary. Bishop Meade was Chariman of the Board of Trustees for VTS from 1842-1862.

The Dean's Society

Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999
Strong leadership is vital to the continued excellence of any institution. Equally important is the financial leadership provided by members of this society.

The Henry St. George Tucker Society
Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
This society's namesake graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1899 and went on to become a professor at this seminary, as well as Bishop of Kyoto, Bishop of Virginia, and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The gifts given by members of this society ensure that Bishop Tucker's example may be followed by future generations of Virginia Seminary graduates.

The William Sparrow Society
Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
"Seek the Truth, Come Whence it May, Cost What it Will"
William Sparrow was a member of the faculty from 1841 to 1874 and Dean of the Seminary from 1868 to 1874. Gifts given by members of this society help ensure that the inspiration of Dean Sparrow's immortal words over a century ago will inspire faculty, students, and graduates of the Seminary for ages to come.

The Aspinwall Tower Society
Gifts of $1000 to $2,499
A generous gift from William and John Aspinwall funded the building that housed the Seminary's classrooms for generations. Members of the society that bears their name exemplify the brothers' commitment to excellence in theological education.

This Mission Society
Gifts of $500 to $999
The Mission Society was born out of consideration for the words that were in the 1881 Chapel and that live anew over the West Transept in the Immanuel Chapel: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” as our call to mission and action.

The Seminary Hill Society
Gifts of $150 to $499
Like the ground on which the Seminary is built, the members of the Seminary Hill Society provide a solid base of support for all of the Seminary's programs.

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.