Donations to Nashotah House Theo- logical Seminary’s general fund increased 60 percent in 2022, continuing an upward trend in giving over the past five years.
Unrestricted giving to the seminary totaled $851,871 in the 2022 calendar year, up from $533,616 in 2021. A significant boost came from the 176 donors who made first-time gifts to the seminary in 2022, an increase from the 59 new donors who were added the previous year.
New donors last year gave a total of $171,914, for an average gift of $1,011. In all, the seminary’s donor base grew from 515 to 691 in a single year. Meanwhile, Nashotah House retained 71 percent of its donors, and 60 of those returning donors increased their giving.
Nashotah House’s fundraising progress is the result of a concerted effort to deepen donor engagement in 2022. “Time and again last year, we turned to our donors to partner with us, and time and again they stepped forward,” said Dr. Garwood Anderson, Dean of Nashotah House.
“We visited more than 20 cities across the country and were welcomed into people’s homes and parishes to share our mission with new audiences,” he said. “We asked friends, alumni, and parishes to become regular donors, and they partnered with us in un- precedented ways.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of both our returning and new donors. It makes all the difference in our ability to sustain our mission for years to come,” added Anderson. Nashotah House is on track to meet its goal of exceeding $1 million in annual fund donations by fiscal year 2025-2026 and is now laying the groundwork for a capital campaign that will address its facilities needs and grow its endowment.