Made Possible Because of You

Since its Founding in 1817, a tradition of personal philanthropy has supported General Theological Seminary's mission of forming and educating lay and ordained leaders for the church in a changing world. The first Episcopal Seminary in the United States, General continues to live into its mission through a community centered on worship, spiritual formation, fellowship, and social justice. General Seminary is funded by voluntary gifts from our alumni/ae, individuals, parishes and dioceses that are committed to the life-changing work of theological education, an experience that is intellectually rigorous, liturgically comprehensive, and spiritually grounded in Anglican worship and community.




If you prefer to make a gift by check, please send it to “The General Theological Seminary” c/o The Office of Advancement, 440 West 21st Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10011


As we celebrate our new and returning seminarians, and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of General Seminary, we are reminded of all God's blessings on our community. In the midst of our challenges – Financial, Missional, and Cultural — we witness just how many people care deeply about the Seminary. A multitude of sisters and brothers have shown their continued faith and support through prayer, honest and challenging conversation, or tithing — often all of these!


If you prefer to make a gift by check, please send it to “The General Theological Seminary” c/o The Office of Advancement, 440 West 21st Street, N.Y., N.Y. 10011

Ways to Help

Your gift, of any size, contributes to the spiritual and community health of General Seminary, and is one of the strongest means of supporting the formation of our scholars and ensuring the future of theological education in New York City.

Direct Giving - Online or by Check
After clicking the “Donate Now” button, you'll be taken to a secure site where you can select one of these options on the donation form (see the pull-down menu “Program designations”). If you choose to pay by check, simply write your selection in the memo line.

  • A gift to our Annual Fund, is the “first and best gift” one can make to the Seminary. Annual Fund gifts are applied immediately to those things we care about most — maintaining our academic programs and creating new ones, supporting our distinguished faculty, making tuition affordable for talented seminarians of diverse financial backgrounds, investing in facilities and technology, and maintaining the Close — our beautiful and historic grounds.

  • In all seasons, the Close is uniquely beautiful with the support of the Chelsea Square Conservancy, a special fund dedicated to enhancing our historic gardens and grounds. Gifts to the Conservancy contribute directly to the annual bulb planting, the long-term care of our sixty trees, and the maintenance of our gracious lawns.

  • The Friends of the Library actively support The Christoph Keller Jr. Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Membership helps preserve and expand the Library's collections and advocate for a strong library.

  • Established in 1976, the Center for Christian Spirituality educates and forms leaders to offer ministries of spiritual guidance, including spiritual direction. The CCS is grateful to all who care about spiritual leadership in the church and in the world and express their care through a gift to GTS directed to CCS.

  • Gifts directed to Scholarship assistance support General Theological Seminary's commitment to attracting persons of academic excellence and true gifts for ministry from wide and diverse backgrounds, regardless of their financial resources.

  • Gifts directed to The Children’s Garden support our year-round, on-site child-care center. Licensed by the NYC Health Dept., it is attended by the youngest children of General Seminary students, staff, and faculty, as well as children from the surrounding area. The curriculum is wide-ranging dependent on the children’s interest, with a special emphasis on the outdoors, facilitated by the unique natural environment here at Chelsea Square.

Should you have a special interest that you would like to support, or should you require more information, please contact Donna Ashley at 646-717-9706 or, or Jonathan Silver at 646-717-9705 or

RECURRING GIFTS are the easiest way to give steady, reliable support. Click the link below to go to our secure online donation site. Then enter your donation of any amount and donation frequency.

Donating Securities
Stock certificates can be reassigned directly to General Seminary, or they may be transferred through your broker. For detailed instructions, please click here or consult with the Office of Advancement.

Charitable Trusts
A charitable trust is a useful estate planning tool that allows you to remove assets from an estate, potentially reducing probate expenses and estate taxes, while ensuring the financial well-being of your family and, if providing a significant planned gift.

Gifts of Life Insurance
Paid-up life insurance policies provide an excellent opportunity for accomplishing philanthropic objectives. If the circumstances under which a life insurance policy was purchased no longer apply, you may wish to consider putting that money to work for General Seminary.

Gifts to the Endowment
The Endowment establishes the permanence of Faculty chairs, Scholarship aid,and ensures there will always be a General Seminary. Naming opportunities exist to recognize loved ones or other friends of GTS, and donors may wish to consider a multi-year payment period. Minimum contribution levels apply for named funds for restricted use within the endowment. For more information, please contact Donna Ashley, Vice-President of Advancement, at 646-717-9706 or by email.

Leaving a Legacy
A Legacy Gift, also known as Deferred or Planned Giving is an effective way of ensuring General Theological Seminary's future vibrancy. You can make a Legacy Gift to General in a number of tax-beneficial ways. When you make a bequest or contribution of any size in your will, you become a member of The Jacob Sherred Society.

All of us who have studied, taught, worked, and worshiped at General Seminary are beneficiaries of the generosity and leadership of Jacob Sherred, a prominent architect and vestry member of the early Trinity Parish in NYC. Upon his death in 1821, his bequest secured General Theological Seminary's future. By including General Seminary in their wills, trusts, or other forms of estate planning, members of the Society that bears his name have joined a powerful legacy of philanthropic support to prepare future leaders of our Church.

We invite you to consider creating a philanthropic legacy for yourself or a loved one as a partner in General's long-term mission. For more information, please contact Donna Ashley, Vice President of Advancement, at 646-717-9706 or, or Jonathan Silver, Director of Development, at 646-717-9705 or

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