Support Starr King

Federico Pacheco
Federico Pacheco
Advancement Director


Considering a gift to Starr King School? Invest in the mission of the school by contributing to our Sustaining Fund, the “living endowment” that makes it possible to educate religious leaders grounded in multi-religious, counter-oppressive ministries in Unitarian Universalisism and in the world. The Sustaining Fund advances our mission by making possible the salaries of our faculty and staff; the maintenance of our small, beautiful building; the development of our educational programs; and the growth of our annual financial aid for our students.

Key to the continuous growth in our Sustaining  Fund is membership in our Giving Circles: The Benefactors Circle is composed of Starr King friends whose lifetime giving totals $100,000 or more or who contribute $10,000 or more each year; The President's Circle is composed of dozens of Starr King supporters who contribute $1,000 or more each year; The Friends Circle is composed of hundreds of Starr King supporters who contribute under $1,000 each year.

To become a member of any of these giving circles, click on the donate now button and make a contribution to the school today!

Warm regards,

Federico Pacheco

How to Give

There are many ways to make a contribution to Starr King School. We gratefully accept donations by cash, check or credit card. Gifts of stock and property are also welcome, as are planned gifts.

For cash and check gifts, you can send contributions by mail to:

Advancement Office
Starr King School for the Ministry
2441 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, Calif., 94709

Please make checks payable to “Starr King School for the Ministry” and note any specific program you would like to support in the subject line.

For credit card gifts, you can donate online from our secure site or contact our Advancement department to set up a one-time or recurring gift.

If you are interested in making a gift of stock, property or setting up a planned gift, please contact our Advancement Director, Federico Pacheco, at 510-549-4711 or by email:

Student Support

Listen to SKSM M.Div. graduate Elizabeth Marsh eloquently describe why you should help support the education of diverse and committed Unitarian Universalist leaders for the future.

Supporting student-centered, multi-religious, counter-oppressive theological education is at the heart of our scholarship program. As you can see from the partial list below, our current scholarship funds honor Unitarian and Universalist saints, prophets and cherished leaders:

  • Josiah and Laile Bartlett Scholarship
  • Mark Mosher DeWolfe Scholarship
  • Aron and Eve Gilmartin Scholarship
  • Earl K. Holt, III Scholarship for parish ministries
  • Patti Lawrence Fund for Congregational Studies
  • Olympia Brown Scholarship for women and ethnic diversity at Starr King
  • Gordon and Phyllis McKeeman Scholarship for study of Universalism
  • Harry B. Scholefield Scholarship
  • Charlotte Shivvers Fund for Ministries for Social Change

You’re invited to join our scholarship founders by making a contribution to honor one or all of these models in ministry. A gift in their honor will support theological education for the next generation of progressive religious leaders.

For more information on giving to these scholarships, or establishing a new scholarship in honor of someone you admire, contact Federico Pacheco, Advancement Director, at:

Faculty Support

The hallmark of a theological education at Starr King School is the close, personalized attention our students receive from a core faculty who engage our students in a learning process that embodies Unitarian Universalist values.

Gifts are invited for the following:

Til Evans Professorship of Religion and Education

Named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Til Evans -- a Unitarian Universalist minister, longtime teacher and former Starr King president -- this professorship reflects the school's enduring commitment to liberal religious education. The professorship is designed to promote Dr. Evan's encompassing approach to the practice of religion and education, one emphasizing that the church teaches and learns by what it does.

We eagerly anticipate the good work we’ll accomplish when we can bring additional faculty to Starr King. Your financial support is needed and most welcome.

For more information on supporting these Starr King professorships, contact Federico Pacheco, Advancement Director, at:

Planned Giving

Many donors choose to leave a legacy of lasting value by supporting the work of Starr King School through a planned gift.

Planned gifts come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate each estate plan. There are three basic gift types:

  • bequests of cash, securities or property
  • life income arrangements
  • transfers of assets, such as life insurance or pension plans.

The Legacy Circle is made up of Starr King friends who have remembered the school in their planned giving -- a practical way to support the ongoing vision of this progressive educational institution without affecting a donor's current finances.

Starr King School is happy to respond to your questions and help you prepare for a consultation with your accountant, financial advisor or other tax professional.

We welcome your call anytime for a no-obligation conversation about your estate planning options. Thank you for remembering Starr King School for the Ministry in this important decision.

For more information about planned giving, contact Federico Pacheco, Advancement Director, at:

Balázs Scholars Program

The Balázs Scholars Program at Starr King is named in honor of Francis Balázs, a Transylvanian writer, social reformer and Unitarian minister who attended the school in the 1920s.

Every year the program brings a Unitarian minister from Transylvania to study at Starr King. These visiting scholars, selected by the Unitarian Church of Transylvania, are among the new religious leaders working in a country where Unitarianism dates back to the 16th century.

The Balázs Scholar infuses the education of all Starr King students with the deep faith, commitment and endurance of our Transylvanian Unitarian brothers and sisters, who live with the daily threat of religious and ethnic persecution.

These scholars also enhance North American Unitarian Universalism through their preaching, teaching, lecturing and worship with congregants in home churches and at Unitarian Universalist gatherings.

Read more from Balázs Scholars about their Starr King experience and how it influenced their Transylvanian ministries.

To contribute to the Balázs Scholars Program, contact Federico Pacheco, Advancement Director, at:


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