Planned Giving

Leave a legacy, make a difference

Making a gift to the GTU through a bequest, estate gift, or retirement account is a wonderful way to leave your legacy at GTU.  Through a planned gift, you can meet your own financial goals and make a positive impact by equipping leaders for world of diverse religions and cultures.

Planned gifts can be designated in a way that is most meaningful to you. The gift can be used to support one of our academic centers of distinction, support faculty members, or create an endowment for student scholarships. Your gift will support, inspire, and transform the students, faculty, and GTU for generations to come.

If you would like more information on planned giving, or if you have already made a planned gift to GTU, please Christopher Cox, Director of Fund Development and Alum Relations, by phone at 510-649-2531 or by email at We look forward to working with you and welcoming you into the Legacy Circle, the designation reserved for donors who plan to make an estate gift to the GTU.

Create generosity that endures.


Types of Gifts

The simplest type of planned gift is a bequest, which can be made by simply designating the GTU as a beneficiary on a retirement account, will or charitable trust. You can also designate the GTU as the beneficiary of an asset such as a retirement plan or an insurance policy.

More complex planned gifts can allow you to retain the right to receive income from the gift or to direct the income to a loved one. An advantage of this kind of giving is that you do not need to fully part with the asset now, but can continue to benefit from the income it generates. 

To Professional Advisors

We understand that gifts to charities such as the Graduate Theological Union can be an important part of your clients' overall financial and estate plans. That's why we're committed to working with you to ensure that your clients find the charitable arrangements that best meet their needs. We believe that charitable planning is a process that ideally involves the donor, professional advisors and our staff—all working together to arrange the best gift possible. For more information please contact Christopher Cox, Director of Fund Development and Alum Relations, by phone at 1 (510) 649-2531 or by email at

Legal name: Graduate Theological Union

Federal tax ID number: 94-1581707

Located in: Berkeley, California

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