Giving Circles Make the Difference
Gold, Silver, Bronze Circles & Founder's
In 2013, we introduced Leadership Giving Circles, created to encourage gifts to the Gettysburg Seminary Fund (GS Fund) which gives direct support to students. For individual givers, those Leadership Circles include: $5,000+ Gold Circle; $2,500-4,999 Silver Circle; and, $1,000-2,499 Bronze Circle. In addition, Congregational Leadership Circles were also established with all gifts to the GS Fund or to unrestricted scholarships included. The gift levels were the same as for individuals with the exception of the Gold Level being labeled Founder’s Circle Congregations ($5,000+). These generous congregations received a banner (which we hope they will proudly display) designating them as a Founder’s Circle Congregation. Individuals who are part of our Leadership Circles received lapel pins and special invitations to speaker receptions throughout the academic year, along with special updates from the President.
Giving Circles offer impact on annual giving
The immediate impact of these Leadership Circles has been dramatic. In the past 3 years with one month to go we have seen a 65% increase in our GS Fund. This helps us maintain a strong balance sheet and positions us as one of the financially strongest of the ELCA seminaries. A hearty “Thank You!” to all Leadership Circle Members, both individuals and congregations, who have generously supported our new efforts this year!