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Connecting on campus and beyond: Office for Philanthropy
Philanthropy, from the Greek philanthropos — “loving mankind.” While you often hear of a school’s or institution’s development or fund raising efforts, the work of the Office for Philanthropy at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) goes beyond those efforts, reflecting God’s love for us, and all creation, and connecting the seminary with those we serve, and those who support us and rely on us.
As the church and theological education look toward the future, we are partners with you in our common mission of raising leaders for the church and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Seminary students learn to go forth and serve as pastors, church leaders, leaders in social ministry and advocacy. They serve congregations and the wider church. At the same time, the seminary depends on you, seminary alumni, donors, church leaders — the community outside the campus grounds — for your prayers, your giving, your raising up potential students. We are developing new ways to bring the seminary and our friends and supporters closer together, with new initiatives like the Stewards of Abundance program, which is connecting seminary admissions and philanthropy efforts with congregations, taking the seminary to places at a distance from LTSP to meet with prospective students and to share the seminary’s story, and to hear your needs and vision. This is just one example of the way departments in the seminary, and those who support the seminary, are working together in new ways that look for better, healthy collaboration both within and outside of LTSP’s walls.
The Office for Philanthropy and its staff serve a number of important roles both inside and outside the seminary. We build and maintain relationships with alumni, friends, and partner organizations, from the basics of record keeping and regular communication to the personal connections the staff has with you. We advise donors in the many ways they can financially support the mission of the seminary, and through those donors we contribute essential income to the seminary budget — in FY 2013, gift income from the Leadership Fund, grants, investment income, and other sources provided 40 percent of that budget. Working through the LTSP Board of Trustees Finance Committee, we recommend gift and investment policies, and review the work of outside investment advisors. Most importantly, we maintain a commitment to an “open door” policy, welcoming you to personally connect with us. We want to share the seminary’s vision with you, and hear from you.
In this issue of PS Portions, you will learn more about the Philanthropy staff, the Stewards of Abundance program, and some of the things the Office for Philanthropy does (and doesn’t) do to support LTSP’s mission and vision as the seminary raises leaders for the church in the twenty-first century.
Learn more about the Office for Philanthropy and some of its work:
- Meet the Office for Philanthropy staff
- What the Office for Philanthropy does ... and doesn't do
- Stewards of Abundance initiative grant work begins
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