Types of Gifts

Giving to Eden helps the seminary thrive now and into the future. It also helps you accomplish other financial planning goals. Director of Development, Sandi Boehlein will be happy to be in touch with you to talk through different options. Call 314-918-2691 or email [email protected].

View this Video testimony with Rev. John Will of Texas (Eden, 1962) about Planned Giving.

Gift of Cash

This is the simplest and most direct way to show your support for Eden.

Donate by credit card online

Donate through PayPal

Donate by credit card over the phone
Call 314-918-2691, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm Central

Mail a check payable to Eden Theological Seminary to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Eden Theological Seminary
475 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Planned Giving

Planned gifts may allow you to make a gift beyond your expectations while also gaining tax advantages and other benefits. Look through some of the options below to see if they may be right for you.

Eden Theological Seminary Tax ID: EIN# 43-0654855

Estate Gifts
You may leave a portion or all of your estate to Eden. This can provide a significant gift to the seminary while ensuring a charitable estate-tax deduction. Our Office of Institutional Advancement can discuss specifics with you and your financial planner.

Beneficiary Designations
You may chose to list Eden as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy, bank or brokerage accounts, charitable annuities or trusts, or charitable lead trusts. Distributions to charities via beneficiary designations are not subject to tax or probate.

Corporate Matching Gift
Many employers offer to match the charitable contributions of an employee, raising the power of your initial gift. Talk with your human resources office to see if your company participates in this program.

Stocks and Securities
Appreciated stocks and securities can provide Eden with financial support while providing you a tax advantage. Gifts of stocks and securities may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to Eden, and if those stocks have been held for one year or longer, they are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Capital gains taxes are not owed on appreciation of the asset when the property is sold by the seminary. Contact us at [email protected] for simple instructions regarding a stock transfer to Eden.

For more information about listing Eden as a beneficiary of a financial plan, contact Director of Development,  Sandi Boehlein at 314-918-2691 or [email protected].


Endowment gifts invaluable to Eden. These gifts consist of a collection of individual funds that are invested and managed by the seminary. These types of funds provide fiscal security and a reliable income for Eden. We work with donors to determine how the fund may be used so that it stands as a tribute to the donor’s values and vision in addition to their generosity.

Endowed Scholarships
These scholarships allow donors to recognize and support students who reflect their values and experiences, such as denominations, backgrounds, and even hometown region. Access to these scholarships can be the deciding factor in whether a student can pursue their call to ministry.

Endowed Professorships
Endowed chairs are a tremendous honor for faculty. It represents a prestigious professional recognition from their colleagues and community. There are currently seven endowed professorships at Eden.

Other Endowed Funds
Endowments can also be established to support specific facilities or programs close to a donor’s heart. Examples include the Scholin Endowment for Music Education and the Bailey Seminar fund.

Areas of Support

Annual Fund

If you wish to donate funds that can be targeted to the areas of greatest need, the Annual Fund helps support the daily operations of the seminary. This is the primary way that our friends contribute support to Eden. The Annual Fund helps fund:

  • Establishing new and improved academic course offerings
  • Curriculum updates to keep our programming up to date with changing times
  • Acquiring online and print resources at the Luhr Reading and Reference Library
  • Technology in the classrooms and dorms
  • Trips abroad for students to help broaden their inter-cultural understanding
  • Maintenance and upkeep of historic campus buildings


Donations of any size may be made to Eden’s Cloud of Witness annual scholarship fund that provides financial aid to any enrolled student. Gifts can also be designated to students from a specific denomination, including United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Methodist, Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), and more.