Major Gifts

For more than 50 years, donors have helped build and strengthen LSTC. Gifts beyond the Annual Fund enable us to:

  • increase our capacity for innovation
  • offer more scholarships
  • strengthen our academic programs and student experience


Interest earned through endowment funds supports a variety of needs, from scholarships to faculty positions. Each endowment gift is invested to generate growth.


These help us maintain and improve the space where students learn and live.

Built in 1967, LSTC’s academic building was an innovative piece of architecture for its time. After 50 years, the facility needs updates and improvements.

Located in the dynamic Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, LSTC has the highest percentage of students living in residence among all ELCA seminaries. By owning several multi-unit apartment buildings near the academic campus, we’re able to provide a convenient housing option at lower than market cost. Maintaining these low-rent yet quality homes allows LSTC to continue to attract the types of students who are interested in, and will benefit from, a residential seminary experience.


Part of LSTC’s history is innovation. Special gifts have made centers and programs such as these possible:

  • Center for Christian Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice
  • The Albert “Pete” Pero Multicultural Center
  • Language Resource and Writing Center
  • Zygon Center for Religion and Science
  • Public Church Fellows
  • Contextual formation

Our vision is to be an innovative center for leadership development in the church. We hope to increase contextual and cross-curricular opportunities for our students, and make theological resources available beyond the seminary.

For more information on giving opportunities, contact:
Sandra Nelson

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