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Preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation

At the intersection of two rapidly changing institutions­­­­ — the church and higher education­­ — seminaries are grappling with the meaning of theological education in the 21st century. As young people increasingly identify as “unchurched” and small liberal arts colleges shutter, are seminaries relevant? At Pacific School of Religion, we know the answer is a resounding “yes.”­

For the past 150 years, Pacific School of Religion has crafted theological education that responds to the world’s most urgent needs. From speaking out against Japanese-American internment in the 1940s to proclaiming that Black Lives Matter today, our students and alumni/ae bear prophetic witness in the face of injustice. Pacific School of Religion challenges the minds and nurtures the spirits of leaders who transform the world.

Invest in the future by making a donation to Pacific School of Religion

Your gift allows students to apply a critical, theological lens to pressing social concerns. Your generosity will impact not only our students, but the lives they touch through ministry, community-building, and social transformation.

“If your hope for the future includes a strong progressive Christian voice for justice, leaders who welcome the challenges and richness inherent in an increasingly diverse world, and a renewed and revitalized religious community, supporting Pacific School of Religion is an opportunity for you to participate in making your hope a reality.”

—Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President

Gift-giving Options

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  • Donate online: Visit our online giving page where you will be asked to enter your contact information. On the second page you will be able to select your gift amount, gift designation, and payment type. Automatic monthly installment payments are another convenient option.
  • Mail or Fax: You may use your credit card to make your gift by mail or fax using this form.

Check or Money Order

Please make checks or money orders payable to “Pacific School of Religion” and send to the Office for Institutional Advancement, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.

Monthly Giving

You can give a monthly with a credit card by using this form or Electronic Funds TransferClick here to set up monthly online giving with your credit card.

Tribute or Memorial Gifts

Would you like to make a gift in honor or memory of your favorite faculty or staff member? Would you prefer giving to a named scholarship? We are happy to help you find your own unique way of giving back to PSR. Give a gift online in honor or memory of someone, or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts provide an opportunity to double or triple a gift to Pacific School of Religion. If you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift policy, please follow your company’s procedures to initiate the match. Send forms to the Office for Institutional Advancement (1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709) and we will do the rest.

Gifts of Stock

To make a gift of stock, please fill out this form to give to your broker. If you wish to make a gift before the end of the calendar year, please be advised that it may take a few days for your broker to process this request.

We will need to know the types of stock and the purpose for which they are intended. Gifts of stock/securities may be deducted at the average value on the date of transfer to Pacific School of Religion.

Wire Transfer

To initiate a transaction, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8245. Please allow time for your bank to make year-end wire transfers.

Gifts of Vehicles

We work with a broker to facilitate donations of cards, trucks, vans or boats. Please contact our broker, First Republic Securities Co, LLC, at 415/262-4118.


For donors who wish to give at a future date, we are happy to send pledge reminders. Please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8245.

Planned, Deferred, and Life Income Gifts

A planned gift allows donors the opportunity to make a sizable gift to the College and continue to receive income from the gift for his or her lifetime, for the lifetime of a beneficiary, or for a specified number of years. Pacific School of Religion offers many types of planned gifts. Learn more about planned gifts and bequests, and please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement to learn more.


Pacific School of Religion is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the federal tax ID number 94-1186179; gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For your tax purposes we will send you a receipt for your records confirming the value and purpose of your gift. Your name will be listed in our annual Honor Roll of donors. If you prefer not to be listed or would like your gift to be anonymous, please indicate that when you make your gift.

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Did you know…

  • You don’t have to be wealthy to make a significant gift to your favorite charity?
  • that you can leave money to both your heirs and to organizations that reflect your values?
  • that making an estate plan doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive?

With thoughtful planning, you can use the assets you have right now to create a financial plan for yourself, provide for your loved ones, make a generous gift to Pacific School of Religion.

Contact our Office of Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8245 for information about how to provide a lasting legacy at PSR.

Pacific School of Religion has over 30 different Endowment Funds which help ensure the future of the school. Many of these endowment funds support student scholarships while some fund Faculty chairs or specific projects. Endowment funds are held in perpetual trust; only the income from the endowment fund is used. Your endowment contribution is a timeless gift to the mission and life of Pacific School of Religion.

Whether you are interested in setting up an endowment fund to support a specific goal or if you would like to make a gift to the general endowment, you are making a statement of faith in long-term value of Pacific School of Religion. On behalf of current and future students, thank you!

What is an Endowment?

An endowment is an aggregation of funds that have been donated to a tax-exempt organization so that the earnings on the funds can be used in perpetuity to support the organization’s charitable, religious, or educational mission. An endowment allows donors to transfer private dollars to public purposes, with confidence that these purposes will be served for as long as the entrusted institution continues to exist. PSR was established in 1866 and continues as a leading theological school today because its endowers believed in our future.

The Endowment Supports Our Faculty

An outstanding and esteemed faculty is a tradition at PSR. But if the school is to remain competitive in attracting and retaining such faculty, salaries must be increased, opportunities for scholarly research and travel must be provided, and there must be support for innovative programs. Equally important in attracting and retaining qualified faculty is the ability to provide adequate housing support despite the high costs in the local housing market. PSR has a tradition of excellence among its faculty — a strong endowment will enable PSR to continue this vital heritage.

The Endowment Is Crucial to Our Students

PSR must be able to provide financial aid to attract and retain excellent students. Many endowed funds provide student scholarships that offset the cost of graduate theological education. But increased non-tuition expenses have begun to outstrip PSR’s ability to grant corresponding financial aid. PSR is losing fine students to other institutions that simply offer more scholarship aid. By graduation, many of our Master of Divinity students have acquired large student loans but face relatively low earnings with which to repay. Endowed scholarships provide the aid our students need to alleviate such high debt.

The Endowment Substitutes for Denominational Support

PSR’s interdenominational nature is one of its assets. There is, however, no substantial denominational support upon which Pacific School of Religion can rely for annual operating funds. PSR, more than most schools, must rely upon income from its endowment fund to generate part of the annual operating budget.

We are grateful to the many endowers in PSR’s long history. If not for their vision of the future, PSR would not be in any position at present to prepare ministers and leaders in the church.

How Can You Contribute to the Endowment?

You can invest in the future of Pacific School of Religion by making a gift to the endowment during life, or by planning for a gift that will be effective at or after death.

Lifetime Gifts to the Endowment

The simplest gift to Pacific School of Religion’s endowment is an outright gift of cash, securities, real property, or other marketable assets, made during your lifetime. All can bring you substantial tax benefits if you itemize deductions. A gift of appreciated securities is of high value to the endowment and offers you particularly high potential for tax savings.

Annual Reports

FY 2014-2015

FY 2013-2014


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