Giving to the School of Theology

It’s now easier than ever to make a gift to the School of Theology.

Online

Visit the Boston University Alumni Web for more details and a secure online giving form.

Phone

To make a gift by phone, please call 617-353-2349.

Mail

All checks should be made payable to “Boston University.” Please remember to designate the particular fund towards which your gift will go.  Some of our funds are listed below.  Our three top funds are the STH Annual Fund, the Harrell F. Beck Chair in Hebrew Scripture and the Earl and Millie Beane Housing Fund.

Please send your gifts to:

Boston University School of Theology
Development and Alumni Relations Office
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 109
Boston, MA 02215

School of Theology Fund

Alumni/ae contributions to the School of Theology Fund are a vital part of realizing the goals of the School to train students for ministry in the contemporary world within an excellent academic setting. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports:
1. Springboard fellowships, which provide support to students enrolled in travel seminars or engaged in contextual projects to learn from people in other cultures or to immerse themselves in their diverse ministries. Students reflect on these experiences with phrases like “life-changing,” “eye-opening,” and “the best experience I’ve had in seminary.” We have reached the end of the grants that partially subsidized the Springboard Fellowships so, in the coming year, we will depend on the annual fund to help this program thrive while we raise money to endow global engagement fellowships on a permanent basis.

2. Community and spiritual life, supporting our vital program of Saturday reading retreats, weekly worship and Morning Prayer, overnight retreats, lectures and workshops, and other special activities that nourish the BUSTH community and each person within it. Your contributions have made it possible for us to triple our offerings in the past three years, and we want to continue building this important part of our common life.

3. Faculty research, especially offering seed money to launch new initiatives or involve students in research projects in which they can contribute and learn. This seed money contributes to better teaching and learning. It also supports the work of our faculty—one of the strongest faculties in theological education—as they enrich public discourse on important theological topics.

4. Outreach to alumni, which last year included the livestreaming of more than 50 worship services, lectures, and seminars; five webinars; and our annual issue of Focus, which focused on overcoming hatred, discrimination, and injustice. You have told us that you want more from the School, even if you live a thousand miles away. With your help, we will continue to enhance the quality of our existing resources and create new opportunities for you to connect more fully with the School and with each other.

Donate to the School of Theology Fund now.

Beck

Harrell F. Beck Chair in Hebrew Scripture

Former School of Theology Professor Harrell F. Beck (STH’45, GRS’54) was a profound influence on many, who remain faithful to his teaching, preaching, and counsel. We are pleased to announce our progress toward establishing a chair in honor of Dr. Beck. Our goal is to create a fully-funded Harrell F. Beck Chair in Hebrew Scripture, a fitting testimony to his life and ongoing influence.

David Felten (STH ’88) has created a website with Dr. Beck’s transcribed stories and recordings. Take a look at it here and enjoy Dr. Beck’s wondrous words of wisdom!

Annual Fund Leadership Giving Societies

The School of Theology and Boston University have Annual Fund Leadership Giving Societies to honor the distinguished group of contributors who, year after year, help the University to prepare young people for ministry. Membership in the Giving Societies recognizes donations made without restriction to the STH Fund within a single fiscal year. Each Society offers a variety of benefits, including recognition in Focus and exclusive invitations to events. As a member of a Society, you will be part of a vital support system for the School of Theology’s pursuit of excellence. Through your vision and generosity, you will be an inspiration to others. We hope you will consider joining us.

Dean’s Circle ($5,000)
1839 Circle ($2,500)
Leaders Circle ($1,000)*

*Graduates of the last ten years are eligible for membership in the Leaders Circle with a minimum gift of $500 during the fiscal year (July1-June 30).

For more information about the School of Theology Fund Leadership Giving Societies, please click here.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a corporation’s way of multiplying the benefits of their employees’ charitable gifts. If you or your spouse work for a company that offers a matching gift program, your gift to Boston University could be doubled or even tripled. For more information, and to find out if your company or your spouse’s company has a matching gift program, please click here.

Truman Collins Chair of World Christianity and History of Mission

The Collins Chair is fulling funded! We celebrated the completion of the funding of the Collins chair during Matriculation on September 21, 2011 and at a luncheon following the service of matriculation on the same day. BU Today featured Dr. Dana Robert. Also, you can read introductory comments and Dr. Robert’s lecture at the luncheon here. You can view the video of Dr. Robert’s presentation here.

Planned Gifts

By including the School of Theology in your estate plans, alumni/ae and friends can make gifts far larger than they ever expected. Donors using one of the five main types of life income or estate gifts–Bequest Intention, Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust, and Retirement Plan Assets—can support the School of Theology. These types of charitable gifts can:

  • Provide the donor with tax and income benefits
  • Endow a gift to honor and pay tribute to the memory of a family member, loved one, or a mentor in the donor’s personal or professional life
  • Provide endowment support to the School of Theology. Gifts that endow scholarships, professorships, or other programs provide financial support in perpetuity and strengthen the School of Theology’s financial status.

For more information, visit BU’s Office of Planned Giving on the web: Office of Planned Giving.

Earl and Millie Beane Housing Fund

Beane Family

The Earl and Millie Beane Housing fund was established in 2006 upon the retirement of former Director of Admissions Rev. Earl Beane (CAS ’63, STH ’67, ‘68). Earl and his wife Millie (CFA ’64, ‘84, SED ’95) are beloved by everyone in the School of Theology community. Millie’s faithful leadership as the Director of the Seminary Singers left students singing even after they left the School, and Earl’s commitment to prospective students was the main reason that many people chose STH for seminary. The Beane Housing Fund is a tribute to Earl and Millie’s dedication to the School and their far-reaching concern for its students, right down to the issue of steep Boston housing prices. With financial support from STH alums and friends, the Beane Housing Fund will be able to reduce the cost of housing for needy seminary students through annual scholarships and stipends. In 2008, the Beane fund provided 15 housing stipends to international students living at the Walker Center, a non-profit organization that provides long-term and short-term housing to members of faith-based groups.

For more information about the ways in which you can support the School of Theology, please contact the Alumni/ae Office at 617-353-2349 (sthalum@bu.edu).