Southeastern reaches record giving in school’s history

With record-breaking fundraising in December, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has an increased ability to help its students pursue their ministry calling at an affordable cost.

Southeastern exceeded its $500,000 annual fund goal for the month of December, raising a total of $524,839.31 from 347 donors. The money raised goes toward the Southeastern Fund, which helps with operational costs and helps to lower tuition for students.

“There are times when words fail to express my gratitude to our God for these amazing people who give so sacrificially that the nations might hear of our king and his gospel,” said Danny Akin, president of Southeastern.

The December to Remember initiative launched Nov. 28 with a National Day of Giving Phone-a-Thon. Staff and student volunteers collectively called 1,208 people, raising $42,290. This amount included the gifts matched by a small group of donors for each dollar raised up to $250,000.

The Southeastern Fund plays a vital role in the life of every student enrolled at the school as each dollar given helps to provide funding for school operations and alleviates tuition costs. In 2015, gifts to the Southeastern Fund reduced tuition costs by $675 for each full-time student and in 2016, $650 per student.

Between Spring 2017 and Spring 2018, the school has seen a five percent increase in its enrollment, specifically with increases in its Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and undergraduate programs, making these gifts to the school’s annual fund even more necessary.

“Because they give, others are going,” said Akin. “I can only rejoice in the smile of heaven that rests on our wonderful school.”

Southeastern considers each gift invaluable to its mission to see students equipped to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. Gifts to the annual fund are accepted year round. To give to the Southeastern Fund, click here.

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