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For more than a century, Pacific School of Religion has attracted the support and interest of visionaries, people who saw that a strong progressive Christian tradition requires the preparation of strong progressive Christian leaders, now and into the future. Many of these people have made gifts that contribute significantly to the long-term financial stability of the school.

The Julia and Frederick Billings Society honors the memory and spirit of two such individuals. Though their gifts came to us generations ago their legacy of generosity and commitment live on today.

Frederick Billings served as attorney general of the young state of California and established the first law office in San Francisco. When the small town across the bay needed a name, he chose his favorite philosopher, Bishop George Berkeley. He eventually returned to the East to manage his growing railroad interests and became president of the Northern Pacific. His commitment to the church ran deep and led to friendship with and support for PSR’s early leaders.

After his death, Julia made her first gift to PSR as a memorial to her husband. Her generosity continued through the years and at the time of her death in 1914, Julia Billings had given to PSR the sum of $95,000. She was a donor with vision, a commitment to theological education, and an understanding of what gifts to the present can mean to future generations.

After the 1906 earthquake seriously damaged the school, she sent $15,000 for repairs, writing that she hoped her gift would be a “blessing now and to coming generations standing now and always for the truth.”

To us, every person who includes PSR in their will or estate plan, or who makes a planned gift that will benefit PSR in the future, stands in the shoes of Julia and Frederick Billings. Membership in The Billings Society is open to those making commitments to the endowment at PSR through bequests or other deferred gifts, or those who can make a gift of $50,000 or more to PSR’s endowment fund. There are a variety of deferred gifts available which may fit your personal financial situation.

Membership in this society is reserved for our most generous donors. It’s also reserved for everyone who believes in the value of theological education at PSR enough to support it with a gift that is longer than a single lifetime.

Do you have a vision for progressive theological education?

Do you want Christian communities to have the kind of bold leadership and commitment to compassion and justice that PSR graduates are known for?

Do you have the means to bless future generations with your legacy?

For more information, please phone or write the Office of Institutional Advancement at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709, (510) 849-8279.

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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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