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Preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation

At the intersection of two rapidly changing institutions­­­­ — the church and higher education­­ — seminaries are grappling with the meaning of theological education in the 21st century. As young people increasingly identify as “unchurched” and small liberal arts colleges shutter, are seminaries relevant? At Pacific School of Religion, we know the answer is a resounding “yes.”­

For the past 150 years, Pacific School of Religion has crafted theological education that responds to the world’s most urgent needs. From speaking out against Japanese-American internment in the 1940s to proclaiming that Black Lives Matter today, our students and alumni/ae bear prophetic witness in the face of injustice. Pacific School of Religion challenges the minds and nurtures the spirits of leaders who transform the world.

Invest in the future by making a donation to Pacific School of Religion

Your gift allows students to apply a critical, theological lens to pressing social concerns. Your generosity will impact not only our students, but the lives they touch through ministry, community-building, and social transformation.

Living a Radically Welcoming Gospel

Whether ministering to the local homeless community or participating in our MultiFaith Transgender Summit, PSR students embody a message of radical inclusivity. Our two centers, Ignite Institute @ PSR and Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, share an expansive, hopeful message of spiritual and social transformation.

We are committed to creating a learning and teaching community that reflects the variety of our context and the beauty of God’s people.

A Global Community

From atop “Holy Hill” in Berkeley, California, Pacific School of Religion is steeped in the history, community, and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, PSR offers our students unparalleled access to a divinity school consortium—and an unparalleled interfaith conversation.

Additionally, off-campus immersive experiences offer students a uniquely global perspective. Whether working alongside displaced farmworkers in Colombia or wrestling with issues of religious identity in the Holy Land, PSR students learn, first hand, how to best support local communities working for justice. Within this global context, our students learn to engage an increasingly interconnected world.

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There are many ways to make a charitable gift. The simplest way, of course, is to write a check. Because of tax provisions that encourage charitable giving, however, there are many other ways of giving that you might not have thought of before — ways that allow you to make a larger gift than you had thought possible, or make a gift with assets that you might not have realized were available to you.

Gift-giving Options

Make an Online Gift » This link will redirect you to our online giving page where you will be asked to enter your contact information. On the second page you will be able to select your gift amount, gift designation, and payment type. Thank you for your support!

Credit Card

You may use a credit card to give online by telephone, or mail or fax. Automatic monthly installment payments are another convenient option.

Check or Money Order

Please make checks or money orders payable to “Pacific School of Religion” and send to the Office for Institutional Advancement, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709. Please indicate the purpose for your gift, and in whose name the gift should be acknowledged.

Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts provide an opportunity to double or triple a gift to PSR. If you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift policy, please follow your company’s procedures to initiate the match. Send forms to the Office for Institutional Advancement and PSR will do the rest.

Wire Transfer

To initiate a transaction, please call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8247.

Gifts of Stock

To make a gift of stock before the end of the calendar year, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 510/849-8247. We will need to know the type of stock and the purpose for which it is intended. Gifts of stock/securities may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to PSR.


PSR gladly accepts gifts-in-kind. Please call the Office for Institutional Advancement for further information.


For donors who wish to give later in the year, or in monthly installments, PSR is happy to send pledge reminders.

Planned, Deferred, and Life Income Gifts

A planned gift allows donors the opportunity to make a sizable gift to the College and continue to receive income from the gift for his or her lifetime, for the lifetime of a beneficiary, or for a specified number of years. PSR offers many types of planned gifts. Learn more about planned gifts and bequests.

Tribute or Memorial Gifts

Would you like to make a gift in honor or memory of your favorite faculty or staff member? Would you prefer giving to a named scholarship? We are happy to help you find your own unique way of giving back to PSR.


PSR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For your tax purposes we will send you a receipt for your records confirming the value and purpose of your gift. Your name will be listed in our annual Honor Roll of donors. If you prefer not to be listed or would like your gift to be anonymous, please indicate that when you make your gift.

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“If your hope for the future includes a strong progressive Christian voice for justice, leaders who welcome the challenges and richness inherent in an increasingly diverse world, and a renewed and revitalized religious community, supporting Pacific School of Religion is an opportunity for you to participate in making your hope a reality.”

—Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President

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