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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.

There are many ways to make a charitable gift. The simplest way, of course, is to write a check. Because of tax provisions that encourage charitable giving, however, there are many other ways of giving that you might not have thought of before — ways that allow you to make a larger gift than you had thought possible, or make a gift with assets that you might not have realized were available to you.

Gift-giving Options

Make an Online Gift » This link will redirect you to 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. Thank you for your support!

Credit Card

You may use a credit card to give online by telephone, or mail or fax. Automatic monthly installment payments are another convenient option.

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. Please indicate the purpose for your gift, and in whose name the gift should be acknowledged.

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts provide an opportunity to double or triple a gift to PSR. 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 and PSR will do the rest.

Wire Transfer

To initiate a transaction, please call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8247.

Gifts of Stock

To make a gift of stock before the end of the calendar year, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8247. We will need to know the type of stock and the purpose for which it is intended. Gifts of stock/securities may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to PSR.


PSR gladly accepts gifts-in-kind. Please call the Office for Institutional Advancement for further information.


For donors who wish to give later in the year, or in monthly installments, PSR is happy to send pledge reminders.

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. PSR offers many types of planned gifts. Learn more about planned gifts and bequests.

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.


PSR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; 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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