Ways to Give

Please accept our invitation to become part of the SFTS Mosaic by giving generously. RSVP to our invitation by making your gift or pledge online or by contacting our Team for further information.

Cash

Cash may be donated in the form of checks or cashier’s checks. Cash gifts begin working for the Seminary immediately. Please make your check payable to “SFTS” or “San Francisco Theological Seminary.”

Stocks

Stocks may be transferred to the seminary by your broker. We can assist you with this type of gift, whether your stocks have appreciated or depreciated in value. Gifts of stock often generate tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains. Usually it’s better for the donor not to sell the stock but to transfer the stock as is to the Seminary. To retain the most benefit from your gift, please contact us before making any decisions. Call or email us today for a copy of our transfer instructions.

Bonds

Bonds may be transferred to the Seminary by your broker. We can assist you with this type of gift. Gifts of bonds often generate tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains. Usually it’s better for the donor not to sell bonds but to transfer them as is to the Seminary. To retain the most benefit from your gift, please contact us before making any decisions. Call or email us today for a copy of our transfer instructions.

Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds may be transferred to the Seminary by your broker. We can assist you with this type of gift. Mutual Funds often generate tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains. Usually it’s better for the donor not to sell mutual funds but to transfer them as is to the Seminary. To retain the most benefit from your gift, please contact us before making any decisions. Call or email us today for a copy of our transfer instructions.

Real Estate & Property Gifts

Gifts of land, personal property, a vacation home, or rental property may be made to SFTS. These types of gifts require careful planning and we’d be delighted to assist you with these special types of gifts. You may donate your home but retain the right to live in it and receive numerous benefits. You may also donate revenue from a business but retain the ownership. These types of gifts often generate tremendous tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains. To retain the most benefit from your gift, please contact us before making any decisions.

IRA Funds

You may transfer your all or a portion of your IRA funds to the Seminary. This is especially helpful for donors over the age of 70 when annual allocations must be withdrawn. Current IRS rules now allow donors to transfer funds from IRAs without incurring income tax. We can assist you with this special type of gift. Please call us today.

Matching Gifts

Leveraging your gift is a significant matter to consider as you become part of our Mosaic. Many employers sponsor matching gifts programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Please check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift policy. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed attn: Joanne Larson, San Francisco Theological Seminary. Want to challenge a friend, other company or church to match your gift to SFTS? Or, participate in a challenge gift round in the Chapter 1 Initiative. You may do this toward an outright gift or in support of an event, program. Consider also a gift to an endowed chair. Any of these options multiplies the benefit of your gift and extends its impact.

Gift Planning

You may choose write a preamble to your will – a testament or statement of your faith – in your will. It is a wonderful gift – an opportunity to leave your thoughts and parting words. In a difficult time for your loved ones, this can be such a comfort and powerful reassurance of your beliefs. Your preamble to your will can be as simple as your favorite faith passage, a personal story or a quote. This very emotional time for your loved ones makes an opportunity for your words of faith to be there most powerfully. It may provide deep comfort to your loved ones in their time of grief.

We also encourage you to consider a planned gift and join a memorable list of the Seminary’s most loyal friends who have provided for a legacy of significant support for SFTS in the future. These gifts help assure the continuing expansion and achievement of the Seminary’s mission and vision.

There are a wide range of opportunities for making such a gift, including bequests, annuities, life insurance, and trusts. Consulting your financial advisors is a necessary and appropriate step to determine how such a charitable gift will impact your current financial position as well as your estate planning approach.

How do you know when to change your will or trust? You should consider reviewing and amending your will under the following circumstances:

  • A move to another state
  • Acquisition of real estate or other assets in another state
  • The death of a named guardian
  • Named executor unable to serve
  • Children grown/independent
  • Family changes: births, marriage, divorce, deaths
  • Change in financial situation
  • Change in heirs’ situation or their incapacity
  • Change in tax law
  • Update charitable interests

For assistance, contact:
Su Hanson, Administrative Assistant, Advancement
shanson@sfts.edu | 415.451.2834

Herb Valentine“In an ‘aha’ moment I realized what a gem SFTS is; at San Anselmo I have shared a common grounding with alums whose ministries led to opportunities never dreamed of. A light bulb came on: this is where you make choices. How much do you spend? How much do you keep for your loved ones? How much do you give back, and how important is my role as an alum is to ensure that SFTS thrives into the future?

I discovered a need to take responsibility to support the institutions that I care about—to go beyond the notion that someone else would sustain the places important in my life.

– Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Valentine (1960 B.Div.)