Ways to Make a Gift

Donors can make gifts to the seminary in a variety of ways. At any time, the Advancement team at LSTC is available and ready to answer questions about giving, facilitate the process and explore with you how your philanthropic interests can best further the mission of LSTC.  

Online Via Credit Card or ACH

Gifts can be made online using a credit card or your bank account information. This can be done on a one-time basis or you can set up a recurring gift to spread your payments throughout the year.

Click here to make a gift now using our secure online giving payment solution.


Checks made payable to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago should be mailed to:
Advancement Office
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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Gift of securities or crypto currency

Donating stock or other securities to the seminary offers you an opportunity to invest in theological education while potentially realizing significant capital gains tax savings. LSTC will assign a value of your gift, for counting purposes, based on the average of the high and low market values on the date of transfer. Be sure to consult a tax advisor for guidance on how to value securities gifts for tax purposes.  

For traditional securities, please use our stock or securities transfer instructions form to assist you in the process.

To transfer units of crypto currency, follow this link.

To ensure proper delivery and recording of your gift, please be sure you or your financial services firm inform the Advancement Office of the transfer details and your gift intentions before the transfer is processed to advancement@lstc.edu

For questions about or help with making a securities gift, contact:
John Damer, Director of Advancement Operations

Donor Advised Funds

LSTC welcomes gifts made through Donor Advised Funds (DAFs). While DAFs offer some advantages for donors, they are also subject to additional restrictions from the IRS. Grants made through DAFs, for example, cannot be used to purchase events tickets or tables at a fundraising dinner. There are limitations on using these grants to satisfy an existing pledge.  

When making a grant to LSTC, the fund manager may request the following information:
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Tax ID: 36-2246704
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
Contact Name: John Damer
Contact Number 773-256-0699

Planned gifts

Including the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in your estate plan can provide significant support to the seminary and may reduce tax implications for estates and heirs while continuing your philanthropic legacy.

For more information on planned giving opportunities, you can visit our planned giving page or contact:
Sandra Nelson

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