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Giving Recap for Fiscal Year 2012–2013
It was a very good year! Sewanee is grateful to the alumni/ae, parishes, dioceses, friends, trustees, and regents whose gifts to the University of time, treasure, and talent were key to the success of the annual fund campaign in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. The $3,760,000 in annual fund gifts recorded at the close of books set a new record. Of the total gifts, $546,273 was designated for The School of Theology.
The combination of annual fund and restricted gifts for The School of Theology from all individual constituents came in at a hearty $2,504,505.
Churches and dioceses made contributions totaling $343,000. Nineteen of the 28 owning dioceses (two more than 2012) and one non-owning diocese contributed a total of $82,372 (up 1% from 2012).
Of the 1,108 School of Theology alumni/ae of record, 392, or 35%, made a contribution in fiscal year 2013–2014, representing a 2% increase from 2012–2013.
Total dollars — restricted and unrestricted — given by theology alumni/ae totaled $530,833 (versus $154,043 in FY12). Of this amount, $100,522 (down slightly from the previous year) was designated for the annual fund. Twenty-one classes (six more than the previous year) recorded an increase in both donors and dollars.
For more information about how you can help Sewanee’s School of Theology set a new record this new year, contact Sukey Byerly, email@example.com, 931.598.1217, or go to the University’s giving page at give.sewanee.edu.
The Rev. Michael E. “Corky” Carlisle, Class of 1975
When I arrived in Sewanee in 1972, I did not much think about how much my education would cost or who was paying for it. The Diocese of Mississippi took care of everything. I just assumed that money was not an issue for the School or for the students. It was not until my senior year when I served on the Financial Aid Committee that I began to see that everyone did not have it so easy. Not every diocese paid for everything, and some families had costs beyond what they could pay. Even then, most graduated from seminary with little or no debt.
Today’s seminary education is very different. The costs, although kept as low as possible, still are larger than most students can pay. The average seminarian leaves their respective school with debt, sometime large debt. Many dioceses send postulants to seminaries with little or no support, and the seminaries must find ways to pay for a much larger percentage of their education.
The School of Theology does a fine job of educating people for the ordained ministry and does the best that it can to see that every student gets the maximum help that is available based on demonstrated need. But it could do more with more. What did I do in response to this need? I researched what my education cost and I committed to giving that amount back to The School of Theology through my yearly giving. In reflection, I wish I had made this commitment earlier.
I hope that you will consider a gift to The School of Theology as an expression of gratitude for your Sewanee education and your commitment to see that this School of Theology continues to grow into the finest in our Church. Your generosity will begin to do for The School of Theology what generosity always does ... it changes everything!
God bless you in your ministry.