The Rev. Dr. William and Dr. Pearleen Oliver Chair of Community Leadership and Social Justice.
Through our five-year strategic vision, Change with Purpose, Acadia Divinity College is committed to addressing systemic racism in our structures and curriculum. We strive to equip and encourage clergy and faith communities to become advocates for justice and reconciliation in their churches and communities. We seek to transform past assumptions and injustices that the church either perpetuates or ignores. We are committed to the ministry of reconciliation.
East Coast Theology – For Here, From Here.
Ministry in Atlantic Canada can be tough. The challenges our pastors and churches face are not exclusive to us, but they are uniquely shaped and nuanced by our local context. We invite you to join us in resourcing and shaping the church through a new book series entitled “East Coast Theology”.
Legacy with Purpose
Generation after generation of Christians have worked together to serve Christ’s mission in the world, and the Church has been sustained by their devoted commitment. You too have participated in this ongoing ministry as you have given of your time, energy, and resources in serving the Lord. Like many people, you want Christian service to continue beyond your lifetime. With a legacy gift, you can support that future.
Every year hundreds of Alumni, Churches, Foundations and friends of ADC choose to support our students through annual giving. An annual gift, no matter the size, provides for the immediate needs of our students as well as the ongoing operational costs of the College.
The Annual Fund is the place to begin. This fund bridges the gap between our expenses and the income from endowment funds and government assistance, and what we are willing to charge our students in tuition. A gift to the Annual Fund not only provides the resources for the general operating expenses associated with the on-going ministry of the College, it also helps to keep tuition affordable for our students. Every gift to the Annual Fund makes an impact and gives all of us – faculty, staff and students – great encouragement.
Recognize someone who is important to you by making a difference in a meaningful way. Tribute gifts can mark a birthday, anniversary, retirement or be in memory. Those you honour, or a family member in the case of a memorial gift, will be sent a card informing them that a gift to Acadia Divinity College has been made in their name.
Sometimes, students need a bit more financial help. Every year we assist students with emergency support for things like food, rent and other living expenses. Administered confidentiality by the Dean of Students, our student aid program helps individual students when they need it most.
Creating or giving to an endowed funds creates meaningful legacies, by honouring someone who impacted your life. Endowments are ethically invested in a long-term investment pool overseen by the Investment Committee of the ADC Board of Trustees.
Compared to annually funded gifts that have an immediate but short-term impact, endowments and their related benefits generate long-term funding for donor-specified purposes, such as scholarships, academic chairs, centres of excellence, or the College’s greatest needs. The principal of your gift remains intact and a portion of the interest or earnings on the gifts is used each year.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Each year, more than $220,000 in scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes is distributed to students at every stage of their academic life. There is considerable flexibility for donors who wish to support students preparing for ministry. You could establish a new fund or contribute to an existing one. You may choose to support students in a particular discipline or program, or from a specific geographic region or cultural group. You could also help address financial need and social inequities, or reward excellence in academics, ministry, community service, or leadership.
Endowed Academic Chairs
Endowed academic chairs exist to ensure that permanent funding is available to the College to meet the costs of a professor’s salary in a given discipline.
Acadia Divinity College has three academic centres which uniquely shape the institution. Gifts can be made to a centre’s individual endowment to support its ongoing ministry.
General Operating Endowments
Not only does a gift to the general operating endowment provide stable and dependable funding for the College, it gives faculty and staff great encouragement as we equip Christians to serve the mission of God in church and world with transformative impact.
ACADIA DIVINITY COLLEGE IS A CERTIFIED MEMBER OF THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
Spending of funds is confined to board-approved programs and projects. Each restricted contribution designated towards a board-approved program or project will be used as designated, with the understanding that, when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason determined by the board, the remaining restricted contributions designated for such program or project will be used where needed most.