Giving to St. Vladimir's: FAQ


Does my gift to St. Vladimir's Seminary really make a difference?

Yes, every gift of any size makes a difference, especially from alumni. All gifts help provide seminarians with an excellent education, and alumni gifts (which demonstrate support of their alma mater) help our school secure awards from foundations and corporations.

How will my gift to be used?

Gifts provide a vital flow of unrestricted monies for the Seminary and its immediate needs, helping us to sustain our facilities, support a stellar faculty, and supply student scholarships. You may also earmark your gifts for special needs. Unless otherwise indicated, gifts will be credited to the Seminary Fund.

How much control can I have over the use of my gift?

The online giving form offers several options. Gifts to the Seminary Fund are unrestricted and go to areas of the highest need and impact.

What are the different ways I can make a gift to St. Vladimir's Seminary?

• Credit card gifts can be made online or over the phone: (914) 961-8313 x317.
• Checks should be made payable to "St. Vladimir's Seminary" and mailed to:

St. Vladimir's Seminary
Office of Advancement
575 Scarsdale Road
Yonkers, NY 10707

 • Stock / Securities
• Electronic Funds Transfer
• Special and Planned Gifts

What are the advantages of donating online?

Online credit card donations are a cost-efficient way for nonprofits to receive gifts: they allow for speedier processing by the Seminary and save donors postage expense.

Can I make an anonymous donation?

Yes. You may choose that option on our website, or let us know if you wish that your gift remain anonymous.

What are the tax benefits of making a gift to St. Vladimir's Seminary?

 We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law and a receipt will be issued for your gift.

When should I send my year-end gift to count for the current tax year?

 Year-end gifts must be postmarked December 31st in order to be recorded in that same tax year.

How will St. Vladimir's Seminary recognize my gift?

 Each year, we list each of our generous donors in our Annual Report. We recognize gifts according to our fiscal year, which runs from July 1st to June 30th. Your gift must be received prior to June 30th to be applied to the same current fiscal year and included in this listing. 

Can I make a pledge to support St. Vladimir's Seminary?

 Many supporters make pledges to contribute on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis. Pledges allow you to consider a gift of a larger size, offering you the flexibility to spread out your gift over a period of time. Pledges are not legally binding and can be set according to your desired schedule.

Does St. Vladimir's Seminary participate in matching gift programs?

 Because the Seminary has been fully and continually accredited for more than 50 years it has extensive corporate matching programs with most North American corporations. Your employer or your spouse's employer may offer a program that matches charitable gifts. Matching gifts can double or even triple your gift to the Seminary. Please contact your employer's Human Resource Department to see if your gift will be matched. To initiate a matching gift, complete your and/or your spouse's employer's matching gift form and send it along with your donation.

Can my company or foundation give to St. Vladimir's Seminary?

 We welcome gifts from corporations and foundations. Such gifts have a direct and lasting impact on the seminary, our students, our faculty, and the Church. If you are interested in learning about how you can contribute to the future of the Seminary, or if you can be helpful in introducing decision-makers at national corporations and foundations to us, please contact us.

Can I give a gift of stock to St. Vladimir's Seminary?

 We welcome gifts of securities, including publicly traded and privately held stock and mutual funds. Supporters either donate stock certificates within their personal possession or have their broker or investment manager transfer stocks to us electronically.

Gifts of appreciated securities offer a two-fold tax savings. The donor is entitled to take a charitable deduction for the full current value of appreciated securities (held longer than one year) and is also able to avoid paying any capital gains tax that would be due if the securities were sold.

Instructions for giving stocks and bonds electronically to St. Vladimir's Seminary
Giving securities electronically (also known as a "DTC transfer") requires specific instructions to
your broker, as well as sending us a letter stating that the securities are a gift to the Seminary and
also stating the purpose of the gift. Full instructions can be found here.

Instructions for mailing stocks or bonds to St. Vladimir's Seminary
Giving securities by mail requires sending us four different documents: (1) the stock or bond
certificate(s) (2) a letter stating that this is a gift for the Seminary and also stating the purpose of
the gift (3) an Irrevocable Stock or Bond Power form, and (4) a notarized Third Party Release
form for each certificate. Full instructions may be found here.

May I give a gift to St. Vladimir's Seminary in memory or in honor of someone?

 Gifts can be made in memory or honor of a family member, classmate, priest, professor, friend, and so forth. Simply include a note with your donation explaining your intent. If you wish for your gift to be in memory of a departed loved one, please inform us so that we may add him or her to the prayer list in our seminary chapel. If you wish us to contact the honoree or the relatives of the deceased, please inform the Seminary of the address, if you have it available.

What is planned giving?

Planned giving encompasses a variety of philanthropic strategies that will help you provide for charity while also advancing your own financial and personal objectives. For more information please contact Mr. Ted Bazil, Senior Advisor for Advancement, CFRE, (914) 961–8313 x329.

Does the seminary have a gift acceptance policy?

 We appreciate our supporters, who partner with us in a multitude of ways. Because of them, our students receive much-needed scholarships; our faculty can perform scholarly research; our school can present programs of Orthodox Christian outreach; our academic press can publish books that reach millions of readers; and we can maintain the buildings on our beautiful 12-acre campus that house our community.

As you thoughtfully consider becoming a partner in our mission, please review our Gift Acceptance Policy. We value your friendship and your help as we aspire, with the help of God, to provide exceptional pastoral and scholarly training to our students.

How can I update my address?

 Address changes can be made via phone or email: (914) 961-8313 x317 or advancement@svots.edu.

I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

 You can receive additional information from the Advancement Office: (914) 961-8313 x317 or advancement@svots.edu.