What are the Starr King Sustainers?

The Starr King School for the Ministry has been molding, educating, and inspiring religious leaders for more than 115 years. Since the school’s founding in 1904, Starr King has endeavored to train people for the religious leadership needed in the present moment and to be a force of good that serves the world.

The Starr King Sustainers are a group of loyal supporters who recognize that in order for Starr King to achieve this mission it is necessary to build a reliable foundation of unrestricted funding. Starr King Sustainers have each set up a monthly recurring gift to the Annual Fund. Sustainers are committed to helping Starr King counter oppression in the world and call forth the gifts each student brings to their religious leadership.

A recurring gift is an ongoing, specific gift amount determined by you that is charged monthly to your credit or debit card with no specific end date. Your recurring gifts will be a dependable source of support that Starr King can count on throughout the year.

How Can I Become a Sustainer?

You agree to a contribution amount – as little as $5 each month – and it will be charged to your credit or debit card accordingly. Just visit The set-up process takes five minutes.

You are in control of your gift. If you need to change or discontinue your monthly gift for any reason, you may do so at any time by emailing the Advancement staff at

Benefits of becoming a Starr King Sustainer

  • Great satisfaction. You will know you are helping Starr King every month to educate Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious leaders who can face today’s challenges. You will help make the building of the beloved community a sustainable endeavor at SKSM.
  • Maximize Impact. Spreading your support throughout the year is a convenient way to include your gifts into your personal budget. Monthly giving is the most cost efficient way to deliver your support and maximize your gift’s impact with manageable monthly increments.
  • Convenience. When you join The Starr King Sustainers, your gift will appear each month on your credit (or debit) card. We will send you a calendar year-end tax receipt each January to help in your tax preparations, and you will not receive regular phone or direct mail solicitations.
  • Reduced paperwork and administrative expenses. Automatic monthly payments mean more of your gift goes to where it is needed most.
  • Eco-friendly. Recurring gifts eliminate the need for paper checks and cut down on direct mail, making recurring gifts an earth-friendly option.
  • Flexibility. If for any reason you wish to increase, decrease, discontinue your gifts, or change the credit card being charged, just email the Advancement staff at  and we will gladly accommodate you.

A Unique Opportunity

As a Starr King Sustainer, your giving is amplified by both time and partnership with others in the program. Even modest monthly amounts add up to significant annual contributions that will provide the school with the flexible support it needs to create a margin of excellence in liberal theological education.

Your monthly gift, combined with that of other Sustainers who stand in solidarity with Starr King will advance liberation, healing, and the establishment of a just and sustainable society through the education Starr King provides.

  • $5 per month = $60 per year
  • $10 per month = $120 per year
  • $25 per month = $300 per year
  • $41.66 per month = $500 per year
  • $83.33 per month = $1,000 per year
  • $208.33 per month = $2,500 per year