Directing Your Gift
How Can I Structure My Gift to Support VST?
Your gift to VST can be unrestricted–allowing us to direct it where support is most needed at the time of the gift–or designated to to address your preferred area of interest. With instructions from you, the funds from your gift can either be spent outright on current projects and operations, invested and held for future use, or endowed in a permanent capital fund with the income earned available well into the future.
We invite you to contact us to discuss these or other areas through which you can achieve your charitable goals:
- Enhancing the Future of Theological Education
- Student Bursaries, Awards & Scholarships
- Christian Leadership Formation
- Inter-religious Studies
- Indigenous Studies
- Distinguished Visiting Scholars
- Principal’s Fund
Endowed Faculty Chairs/Programs
While VST’s operational budget provides basic faculty salaries, permanently endowed faculty chairs support the chair holder’s teaching and research efforts, which may include travel, assistance for graduate students and other necessary costs. In 2012, VST’s first endowed chair was established – The Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation – to ensure that quality preparation for preaching will always be available to our students. Endowed Programs will enable the School to attract exceptional sessional lecturers and outstanding leaders to become part of the teaching fabric of VST for shorter periods of time. Indigenous Studies, Inter-religious Studies, and Christian Leadership Formation are among a full range of programs that will be significantly enhanced through endowment.
Endowed Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and bursaries enable VST to attract the most promising candidates – students who love God, life and the world, are immersed in and interact with the world of Scripture, have a clear centre with soft edges, an entrepreneurial spirit, are team builders, ready for new challenges, have courage, take risks, show imagination, integrity, passionate faith in Jesus Christ, openness to the Spirit, are change agents with an ability to interpret this culture to the church and the church to this culture. Theological education is expensive. Generous scholarships and bursaries can eliminate a financial burden no one in ministry should have to carry.
The Board of Governors of VST has established financial criteria for Named Endowments. Please contact our office for details.