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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Matching Gift Challenge

There's never been a better time to support the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.  

By participating in the $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge, your gift would have an even greater impact in preparing men and women for leadership roles in the Church.  JST educates and trains Jesuits, women and men religious, diocesan priests and deacons, and lay people from across the U.S. and from 40 other countries, for lives of ministry.  Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of our students and through them, in the lives of the people they serve around the globe.  Please give today.

Q: What is the Matching Gift Challenge?

A:  The Challenge will match all new gifts and increases to last year's gifts dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $250,000.  An extraordinarily generous new Board member, Leo Hindery, is sponsoring the Challenge in honor of Kevin F. Burke, S.J., who completed his tenure as JST dean in June 2012.

Q:  How does the Matching Gift Challenge work?

A:  Giving is recorded and recognized on a fiscal year basis. 

  • Any new gift will automatically be doubled.  If you did not make a gift in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), and you make a $100 gift during this fiscal year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013), then the gift will be matched, and $200 will go to JST.

  • If you donated to JST last year, your increase will be matched.  If you gave $300 last fiscal year and increase your gift to $400 this fiscal year, the incremental dollars would be matched, and it would mean $500 for JST.
Q:  If I make a gift for an endowment, will my gift be matched?

A:  All gifts are important to the Jesuit School of Theology, but only gifts that support its operating budget count toward the Matching Gift Challenge.  These include gifts for JST's Greatest Need and the JST General Scholarship Fund.

Q:  My company matches gifts to charitable organizations. Will the Matching Gift Challenge match gifts made through a company matching gift program?

A:  The Matching Gift Challenge matches all new gifts and increases to last year's gifts that support JST's operating budget.

Q:  How do I make a gift to help JST meet the Matching Gift Challenge?

A:  There are many easy ways to make a gift to JST.

  • Gifts by Credit Card.  Please call Kristin Aswell in the Development Office at 510-549-5041, or make your gift online:
  • Gifts of Cash.  Please make checks payable to JST-SCU and mail to:

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Development Gift Processing Office
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95050-9980

  • Gifts of Securities.  For transfer instructions, please contact Jim Purcell in the Development office at 408-551-1970 or
Q:  I have another question about the Matching Gift Challenge.  What do I do?

A:  Please contact Kristin Aswell in the Development office at 510-549-5041 or

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