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Giving Day

Dare to Join! March 9, 2021 Giving Day

Giving Day is a 24-hour giving event when students, faculty, staff, alums, and friends come together to support bold Christian leaders through gifts to the Annual Fund.

Every gift made to the Annual Fund will be double matched on March 9!

For 168 years, Garrett-Evangelical has been part of God’s work in the world. Generation after generation, our seminary has formed bold faith leaders who proclaim and live out the Good News of the gospel in churches and communities around the globe. Together, let us invest in the next generation of faith leaders who are daring to join God’s active work in the world. Every gift counts toward our 350 donor goal!

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Giving Day FAQs

What is Giving Day?

Giving Day is a 24-hour giving event when students, faculty, staff, alums, and friends come together to support bold Christian leaders through gifts to the Annual Fund. This year’s Giving Day will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (CST). Last year, the Garrett-Evangelical community contributed $136,419 to the Annual Fund on Giving Day!

How can I make my Giving Day gift?

There are three ways to make your gift:

  1. Give online on our special Giving Day website, which will be available from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on March 9th.
  2. Give over the phone by calling 847.866.3988 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) on March 9th.
  3. Give by check, made payable to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and send to:

    Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    Development Office
    2121 Sheridan Road,
    Evanston, IL 60201

    Please include “Giving Day” in the memo line so it can be counted towards our Giving Day total and be matched.

Where is my money going?

All gifts made on Giving Day will provide unrestricted support to the Annual Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The Annual Fund meets the areas of greatest need across the seminary. This includes scholarships, library resources, staff and faculty salaries, and maintaining seminary classrooms and apartments. Unrestricted annual gifts are flexible, immediate, and essential to the day-to-day functioning of Garrett-Evangelical.

How does the match work?

Every gift made to the unrestricted Annual Fund on Giving Day will be double matched, thanks to Jerre and Mary Joy Stead. For example, if you give $25 on Giving Day, our matching donors will give $50 to the seminary, bringing your total impact to $75.

Additional matches will be announced by alums and friends on March 9th. Visit the Giving Day website early and often to participate in the most current matches and set up a match of your own.

What is the sock competition?

Gray and purple sock with a step and repeat of the G logomarkNew this year, alums can win a pair of seminary socks in our class competition! The class with the highest donor count and the class with the highest dollar count will win socks for each person in their class who gives on Giving Day.

Can I give to my scholarship on Giving Day?

All gifts made on March 9th to Giving Day GiveCampus webpage will provide unrestricted support to the Annual Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. If you are so inspired by our day of giving that you would like to make a restricted gift to your scholarship or other area of interest, you may do so at, by calling 847.866.3988 or by putting a gift in the mail. Please keep in mind that restricted gifts are not eligible for matching.

What is GiveCampus?

GiveCampus is the digital fundraising platform supporting Giving Day. More than 2,000 educational institutions use GiveCampus for efforts such as giving days, class gifts and peer-to-peer fundraising. This is Garrett-Evangelical’s third year using GiveCampus, and we are very excited about its interactive features and secure payment processing.

Whom can I contact with Giving Day questions?

You can contact Mary Bowmann Arents, director of annual giving and alum relations, at 847.866.3889 or with all of your Giving Day questions.