Ways to Give to Bethany Seminary

Whether you support Bethany through the unrestricted Bethany Annual Fund, restricted gifts, or endowment gifts, there are a variety of ways you can give.

By Check

Make your check out to “Bethany Theological Seminary” and mail to:
Institutional Advancement
Bethany Theological Seminary
615 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374

By Periodic Bank Withdrawal

To make regular gifts without writing a monthly check, have your bank automatically send your gift to Bethany. If you wish to explore this method of giving, contact Monica Rice (ricemo@bethanyseminary.edu or (800) 287-8822 x1823) for the forms needed to initiate this process.

Online by Credit Card

You may support the Bethany Annual Fund at any time with a credit card using our secure online donation page.

With Appreciated Property

If you hold property that has appreciated highly since you acquired it—perhaps stocks, perhaps real estate—there may be a significant income tax advantage in using those assets to make a gift. In most instances you are able to take a full income tax deduction for the market value of the asset, but not need to recognize the capital gain like you would if you sold it.

If you have interest in exploring this kind of gift, please contact Mark Lancaster (see below).  If your interest is in donating appreciated stock, we can e-mail or post to you specific instructions for your broker to expedite this process. Whenever you give stock, please give us advance notice of the transfer.

Direct Transfer from IRA

By special congressional action, a provision remains in effect (at least until December 2012) that allows certain donors to make a tax-free withdrawal from their IRA as a contribution to charities like Bethany. The donor needs to be 70½ and give from a true IRA. (Other kinds of retirement plans aren’t eligible.) The gift payment must be made directly from the IRA administrator to the charity, not passing through your hands as the IRA owner. Since the withdrawal is tax free already, you do not take a deduction on your tax return for these gifts.

If you aren’t sure why this would be of any benefit, contact Mark Lancaster (see below) to talk through the kinds of circumstances in which this option is helpful. When you use this way of giving, please let us know the name and company of your IRA administrator.