An Invitation to Give
Our Established Funds
The Academy for Spiritual Formation seeks to create transformative space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. To be successful in this endeavor, The Academy needs financial support for daily operations, scholarships for participants, and its endowment funds in order to sustain its ministry and growth in the years to come. A ministry of The Upper Room, The Academy receives no money from the United Methodist Church or any other ecumenical organization. We exist because of generous donors like YOU.
Description of Funds
ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
Established in 2002, the purpose of this endowment is to provide a foundation of support for participants who need scholarship funds. The Scholarship Endowment generates annual returns that feed the ongoing scholarship fund, which is used by approximately one half of all Academy attendees.
What Does My Gift Do?
Your gift helps us…
- Provide scholarships for those who could not participate without financial aid.
- Establish new Academy communities outside the U.S. in places like Cuba, Russia, Korea, Bolivia, Ireland, and South Africa.
- Offer Academy experiences in multiple languages and cultural expressions.
- Recruit faculty and spiritual leaders of the highest quality of academic knowledge and spiritual wisdom.
- Explore new, innovative ways of making The Academy experience more accessible to people of all walks of life.
- Sustain and grow our mission of creating safe space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation, for the sake of the world.
Ways to Give
You can give in these ways:
Give regularly to The Academy for Spiritual Formation through The Upper Room Fellowship Circle. Members of the Fellowship Circle set up an automatic bank withdrawal of any amount as part of their systematic giving. Small, sustaining gifts make a huge impact on the growth of The Academy. Visit The Upper Room Fellowship Circle and select The Academy for Spiritual Formation in the ‘Gift Designation’ field.
Make a one-time gift by donating online, mail a check to The Academy for Spiritual Formation, P.O. Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203, or call 877-899-2781, ext. 7212 to give by credit card. See other side for a description of funds to which you can designate your gift.
Make traditional gift-giving occasions particularly meaningful. Whether it is Mother’s/Father’s Day, a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or retirement celebration, consider asking those who are celebrating with you to give a donation to The Academy in lieu of personal gifts.
Honor the memory of your loved one by making a gift in their name. All memorial gifts will be acknowledged through a personal note to the family of your loved one.
Leave The Academy for Spiritual Formation in your will by designating a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. Such a bequest emphasizes your values and can reduce the income of your taxable estate, which may increase the actual amount available to loved ones. If you plan to leave a gift to The Academy in your will please let us know so we can offer our gratitude now.
“The Academy for Spiritual Formation is the finest and most comprehensive, ecumenical non-degree program in spiritual formation in this country.”
“The Academy experience is one of sacred time and sacred space with a sacred process of coming to self, others, and God.”
“The Academy is a beautiful example of the reconfiguring of Protestantism. It’s the kind of thing I would hope to see happening more.”
“The Academy gets to the heart of the church.”
“The Academy has been a gift of time and space to learn how to be sustainable in ministry. There I could drink deeply from the well and be filled and discover once again that God’s grace is sufficient.”
“Jesus saved my life, but The Academy saved my ministry.”
“The Academy for Spiritual Formation gave me the space, the time, the support, and the model I needed to learn again that God loves me deeply. This is my true story, and The Academy helped me discover it.”
“The Academy provides one of the most holistic programs of spiritual nurture available today.”
“The Academy offers a structured, supportive community in which Christians can learn Christian history as a resource for their own spiritual growth in the love of God and neighbor, take risks spiritually, and find the courage to submit to God for healing the very parts of themselves they most reject. I am committed to support it.”