Support Western Theological Seminary

Your financial support will equip the next generation of Christian leaders, giving them the knowledge, skills and spiritual depth to make a difference in the world. You may designate your gift to the Seminary Fund (annual operating costs), a specific endowment fund, or a special project.

Donations to Western Theological Seminary are tax deductible. Michigan residents qualify for a Michigan tax credit.

If you prefer not to give online, you can mail your donation to:

Western Theological Seminary
Advancement Office
101 E. 13th St.
Holland, MI 49423

You can also contact your regional representative or call the advancement office at 1-800-392-8554 or 616-392-8555, x109 (ask for LuAnne Van Slooten).

ways to give:

  • The Seminary Fund

    The backbone of support for Western Theological Seminary is the Seminary Fund.  Your gift to the Seminary Fund makes a direct impact on our students by helping us meet our operating needs without passing those costs along to students in the form of tuition.  Through your generosity, students will be able to enter ministry prepared to be pastors, teachers and counselors without carrying an overwhelming burden of student loan debt. 

    Did you know?

    • It costs over $30,000 per year to educate each M.Div. student at Western
    • M.Div. tuition is $13,120 annually 
    • The difference between our actual cost and tuition comes from donations from people like you and earnings on our endowment (also created by gifts)

    You can make a difference!

  • Recurring Gifts through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

    Electronic banking makes donations convenient and cost effective. 

    How do I get started?

    • Simply select the amount of your monthly contribution (minimum of $10)
    • Print the authorization EFT form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    • Mail the completed form to:

    Western Theological Seminary
    Advancement Office
    101 E. 13th St.
    Holland, MI 49423

    Then what?

    • We will notify you when the first transaction will occur. Transactions take place on the 15th of each month until your pledge is paid or until you make a written request to stop.
    • We will send a receipt and letter of thanks for your total contribution at the end of each calendar year.

    Questions about EFT? Contact Luanne VanSlooten at advancement@westernsem.edu or (800) 392-8554, x109.

  • Scholarships

    For some people hearing a call to ministry, a seminary education seems out of reach financially.  By establishing an endowed scholarship at Western Theological Seminary, you can:

    • Help someone say yes to ministry by removing a financial roadblock
    • Get to know students personally by meeting the recipient of your scholarship each year
    • Honor loved ones with a scholarship established in their name

    How can I establish a scholarship?

    An endowed scholarship at Western Theological Seminary can be created with a minimum investment of $25,000.  Gifts may be given at one time or over a period of years.  Scholarships may be funded through gifts of cash, stock, personal property, or estate plans.

    En-dow’-ment:  money or property given for the permanent use of an institution 

    As an endowed fund, the principal of your scholarship will be invested and remain intact, with earnings used to fund scholarships annually.  This assures that scholarship assistance will be available for many years to come.

    Can I name a scholarship after someone?

    We want you to name the scholarship after someone!  Western Theological Seminary values the story behind each named scholarship, and we have compiled short biographies on most of our scholarships.  (see sample at right)

    Can I designate who will receive the scholarship?

    Many donors give guidelines or preferences for awarding their scholarship. Examples include:

    • Students from a certain church or classis
    • Students preparing for a certain area of ministry
    • Students of a particular race, gender, or ethnic background
    • Merit award for academic excellence
    • Students with physical disabilities

    Will I meet the recipient?

    Each year, scholarship benefactors receive a letter of introduction and thanks from their student recipient.  You also will be invited to a luncheon to meet the student recipient(s) of your fund.  We encourage relationships between benefactors and the students, and we try to grant the same scholarship(s) to the same student throughout his or her seminary education.

    Donors are making a difference!  72% of Master of Divinity students receive financial aid through scholarships. 

    Yes, I’m interested! How do I begin?

    Contact your regional representative directly or the Advancement office at 616-392-8555  (advancement@westernsem.edu).

  • Giving Stock, Securities, and/or Real Estate

    If you give securities which have appreciated significantly in value, it is possible to gain a substantial tax advantage by not having to pay capital gains tax.

    Stocks/Securities

    Please contact our Advancement Office at 616.392.8555 for routing instructions

    Securities are credited at the mean value between the high and low trades on the date they were hand delivered, mailed (postmark date), or placed in Western's name.

    Real Estate

    If you own a home or other property you no longer need and you would like to make a charitable gift, giving real property may be an efficient way to meet both goals.

    1. Property that has grown in value:

    If you sell real estate that has increased in value, you will likely be faced with a significant capital gains tax. By gifting the property to Western Seminary, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the property and will avoid capital gains taxes. This essentially produces a double tax savings.

    2. Property that has decreased in value:

    In this situation, it is generally better to sell the property outright and give the cash proceeds. By giving the property, you may only receive a tax deduction for the fair market value. In selling it, you may be able to establish a capital loss that can then be deducted from your taxes, as well as receiving a charitable deduction for the amount of the cash gift.

    3. Giving property, but retaining the use of it:

    It is possible to make a gift of a home or vacation property and continue to enjoy it for as long as you wish. A tax deduction is allowed for the eventual gift in the year the gift is arranged.

    Charitable gifts of real estate can provide substantial benefits to you and Western Theological Seminary, but they generally involve more tax and other legal complexities than other types of donations. Please contact us at advancement@westernsem.edu or (800) 392-8554, or contact your legal advisor to learn more about giving real property.

  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    More than 1,000 companies help to increase the gifts of their employees (and sometimes retirees) by matching their gifts. For every dollar you give to Western Theological Seminary, your employer may match it.

    What do I need to do?
    Simply fill out a matching gift form from your employer and send it with your gift to Western Theological Seminary. We will complete the form and process it through your employer. They will in turn send a donation to Western if the gift matches their qualifications.

    Does my company participate?
    To learn if you work for a matching gift company, contact your employer's human resource office.

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Pastors. Ministers. Preachers. Friends.

  • He married us... 
  • She stayed with my family during my surgery...
  • He performed my husband's funeral... 
  • She baptized our daughter...
  • He took me on mission trips and retreats...

Who are they?  They are people who have been called by God to serve in ministry.  They are the reason Western Seminary exists.

By supporting the work of the seminary, someone made it possible for you to know the care of a pastor.  Will you make it possible for others to know that care as well?

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