Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University

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Scholarship aid helps students by offsetting the cost of tuition and increased living expenses. Scholarships help to alleviate the burden of financial worry, allowing students to focus instead on schoolwork, family responsibilities, and discerning God’s call for their lives. You can name a scholarship at Trinity Lutheran Seminary for $25,000 or contribute to one of our existing scholarship lines.

For a full listing of named scholarships or more information on an existing line, please contact a member of the Development Team.

Giving Options


Make checks payable to Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Please indicate which fund you are supporting on the memo line.

Mail checks to:

Office of Development
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209

Credit Card

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. You can donate online or call (614) 384-4658. We do not accept credit card donations through e-mail.

Planned Gifts

Please contact a member of the Development Team to make a cash gift through stock options, bonds, real estate, gift annuities, trusts, or life insurance policies.

Matching Gifts

Some employers receive grant funding to match employee charitable giving. Employee gifts are typically met dollar-for-dollar, but in some cases, an employer will double or even triple a gift amount. Ask your employer if they provide funds for matching charitable gifts.

If your employer does not provide a matching gift option, you may be able to give a gift through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans instead. For more information about the “Thrivent Choice” matching gift program, please contact your Thrivent advisor or a member of Trinity’s Development Team.

Tax Deductible Gifts

Trinity Lutheran Seminary is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are fully deductible to the extent allowed by your country of residence. Due to IRS regulations, gifts designated to cover the expenses of individual students are not tax deductible. Gifts designated for restricted scholarship funds are tax deductible as long as the criteria are not so limited that they would benefit only one specific individual.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A Charitable Gift Annuity can be made with cash or securities, i.e., stocks, bonds, mutual funds. The benefit of making a charitable contribution to Trinity Lutheran Seminary through a gift annuity is that you will receive supplemental income through annual payments for the duration of your life. You will also receive immediate tax benefits from your gift while your original contribution remains safely invested in the ELCA Foundation. There are three basic types of gift annuities: Immediate, Deferred and Flexible Deferred.

Life Insurance

Anyone can make a significant planned gift to Trinity Lutheran Seminary without committing to major payments. A life insurance policy gift is a wise choice for those who feel compelled to support Trinity’s mission but do not currently have major assets to give. There are a number of ways to make a planned gift through a life insurance policy. This could be as simple as naming Trinity as a beneficiary in an existing policy. Alternatively, you could take out a new policy in Trinity’s name and continue to pay the premiums while enjoying immediate tax benefits.

Retirement Account

For many people their retirement account is their greatest source of personal wealth. That is why many of our donors choose to make their charitable gift to Trinity through their retirement account or pension. Naming Trinity Lutheran Seminary as a beneficiary of your retirement account is as simple as filling out a separate beneficiary designation form, or directing your IRA custodian to designate the desired amount to Trinity.

Real Estate

Through a life estate arrangement, you can make a gift of a personal residence or farm while retaining the security of knowing you may live there as long as you wish. You can enjoy the satisfaction of giving as well as significant tax benefits during your lifetime. With this type of arrangement, you continue to maintain the property and pay taxes, but you also keep any income your property generates.