Fuller Seminary Surpasses $150M Goal as Campaign Ends

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:03am UTC

Pasadena, CA, Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fuller Seminary has announced that its recently concluded Transforming Hope comprehensive campaign brought in just over $193 million, far exceeding the five-year, $150 million goal. 

Of the total, more than $155 million was in gifts and pledges, while about $38 million was estate gifts earmarked for Fuller. The seminary’s donor count increased during the campaign’s run as did the number of alumni who gave.

“We’re thrilled to have surpassed our goal. We faced several challenges along the way—including a global pandemic—but this shows that people believe in Fuller and its work of equipping Christians for God’s work in the world,” said Mary Andringa, who chaired the Campaign Steering Committee and is a member of Fuller’s Board of Trustees. “This moves us closer to carrying out Fuller’s larger strategic vision and allows us to provide even more people with Fuller’s distinct brand of theological education.”

The money raised will be used to provide student scholarships, increase faculty support, aid Fuller’s innovative centers and institutes, improve facilities and technology, and provide resources for unforeseen emergencies and where needed most. 

“We celebrate God’s faithfulness through the many people who joined the Transforming Hope campaign, and their tremendous generosity, raising over $193 million in our comprehensive effort,” said Fuller President David Emmanuel Goatley, who was installed in January 2023. “We rejoice in tremendous gratitude for each individual and institution that reached deep to make this success possible. We are thrilled by the support received through new pledges and gifts, total cash received, and new alumni and donors. The generosity of our partners empowers us to enlarge our capacities to serve degree-seeking students, innovative programs and centers, and learners in the church and society. This success inspires us to redouble our efforts in providing more scholarships, supporting faculty, enhancing centers, and upgrading facilities, enabling us to fulfill Fuller's strategic vision. We are witnessing the transformative power of hope and celebrating God's faithfulness in our journey.”

His predecessor, President Emeritus Mark Labberton, played a pivotal role during the campaign, attending dozens of meetings to share information about the Fuller of the future. “I can only thank the many donors and patrons that share in the vision and mission of Fuller,” he said. “What a privilege to witness again and again the joy of giving, whatever their capacity. They are convinced that what Fuller offers is distinct and urgent, and want to be a part of it. We are so grateful.”



Fuller Seminary is one of the largest multidenominational seminaries in the world with a global enrollment of more than 3,000 students in its master’s and doctoral programs. Fuller Seminary students may take classes in person, online, or through a hybrid of the two via campuses in Pasadena, Houston, and Phoenix. Founded in Pasadena, California, Fuller Seminary is committed to providing indispensable, formational education to diverse Christian leaders everywhere. Responding to changes in the church and world, Fuller Seminary is transforming the seminary experience to create a global learning community where leaders can access Fuller Seminary’s traditional graduate programs, as well as non-degree courses through the digital learning platform FULLER Equip, and free resources created by FULLER studio. Fuller Seminary’s distinctive integration of its four major disciplines—housed in the School of Mission and Theology and the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy—is evident in its range of master’s and doctoral programs, uniquely equipping leaders for innovative, nuanced, and intellectually grounded service in a variety of roles and settings.


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