“Can we not then as individuals, and especially as parishes however poor, do more for the cause of Christ and His Church than we ever yet have done?” – Bishop Jackson Kemper, 1842.

In 1842 Bishop Jackson Kemper, the first missionary bishop of the Episcopal Church, articulated an ambitious vision of forming a “mission to the western reaches.” His vision would become Nashotah House Theological Seminary.

“I perceive much cause to bless God and take courage,” remarked Bishop Kemper in the early days, “for I fully believe, that, with divine blessing, we are laying a deep and permanent foundation on which the Church of the living God will be gloriously established.” Indeed, for 170 years Nashotah House has remained anchored to that “deep and permanent foundation,” providing a faithful priesthood for the Church, one that has spread mightily the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people.

Bishop Kemper was no dreamy idealist, however. He completely understood the then-young seminary’s very real need for financial assistance and sound financial management in order to build and expand its mission. “I now call upon all who have been baptized in the faith,” spoke Bishop Kemper 1859, “to exert your best efforts to contribute freely and largely.”

Joining Bishop Kemper and giving expression to his desire for solid and faithful financial management, we have established The Jackson Kemper Annual Fund, the cornerstone of our annual fundraising and the springboard for expanding the legacy entrusted to us.

The dollars raised help us to support our budget and strengthen our programs. The Jackson Kemper Annual Fund allows Nashotah House to expand scholarship offerings, attract the best faculty, enhance our learning environment and improve campus life in a host of ways. The annual fund enables us to bridge the sizeable gap between tuition revenue and the actual operating expenses of the House. Gifts to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund provide flexible and immediate use dollars, allowing us to respond to our needs and to pursue unexpected opportunities. The success of the annual fund is absolutely essential in order to maintain the unparalleled education and spiritual formation that has been our hallmark since 1842.

Following Bishop Kemper’s appeal to “give freely and largely,” will you help us do more than we “ever yet have done?” There is no greater gift you can give the Church than a faithful priesthood.

By providing the resources necessary to do the very same thing Bishop Kemper did in 1842, your tax-deductible gift affirms Bishop Kemper’s missionary vision of raising up a faithful priesthood for the Church.


The safest, quickest and most convenient way to give to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund is by submitting your gifts through our secure online option. Alternatively, you may submit your gifts by mailing them payable to (please indicate Kemper Annual Fund on your check):

Nashotah House
The Annual Fund
The Office of Development and Church Relations
2777 Mission Road
Nashotah, Wisconsin 53058 USA

Should you wish to contribute to the annual fund by using a pledge, please click here.

If you wish to contribute gifts of securities and other assets to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund, please contact LaRae Baumann at lbaumann@nashotah.edu or by calling (262) 646-6507.


Is it really necessary to support the Annual Fund every year?

Absolutely! Without annual support, we could not continue to sustain the unique seminary learning environment that has been our hallmark for 170 years. Consistent giving is so crucial to our mission that Nashotah House has created giving societies to honor our most loyal Annual Fund partners. Consistent giving is the cornerstone of the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund’s success.

Annual Partnership Amount Giving Society
$100,000 + The Bishop Jackson Kemper Visionary Society
$75,000 – $100,000 The James Lloyd Breck Sustainers Society
$50,000 – $75,000 The John Henry Hobart, Jr. Pioneer Society
$25,000 – $50,000 The James DeKoven Discovery Society
$10,000 – $25,000 The William Adams Explorer Society
$5,000 – $10,000 Dean’s Fellow
$2,500 – $5,000 Dean’s Executive Committee
$1,000 – $2,500 Dean’s Cabinet
$500 – $1,000 Nashotah House Heritage Club
$250 – $500 Nashotah House Guardian’s Circle

Doesn’t the endowment just supply any bridges between tuition revenue and operating expenses?

No. In challenging and uncertain economic times, our modest endowment cannot adequately cover our operating expenses. We would quickly exhaust our endowments if we simply liquidated assets in order to cover the gap. Any gift to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund is powerful. Examine the table below to see what your annual gift is worth in endowment funds this fiscal year.

Annual Contribution to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund Endowment Equivalent
$25,000 $500,000
$15,000 $300,000
$10,000 $200,000
$5,000 $100,000
$2,500 $50,000
$1,000 $20,000

If I give to the annual fund, doesn’t that take away much needed scholarship dollars?

No. In fact, a gift to the annual fund ensures that scholarship dollars are readily available to all students, providing critical support beyond what the scholarship endowed funds can provide.

I already give to Nashotah House, so why should I earmark my gifts for the annual fund?

If you do not select a restricted fund (e.g., 1842 Frontier Society, Bishop Parsons Scholarship Fund, St. Mary’s Stewards, etc.), your gift is already being applied to the annual fund. Consider renewing or upgrading your commitment to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund, ensuring that we can preserve and enhance our mission of forming dynamic priests for the mission of the Church.

How can I increase the effectiveness of my gift?

Consider a matching or challenge gift to the Annual Fund. Many companies and foundations and philanthropists will double or even triple the value of charitable gifts made by employees, board members, retirees and friends. You may also make a multi-year pledge to the Kemper Annual Fund, which provides lasting support and allows us to plan with an eye to the future more effectively.

What gifts do not qualify as gifts to the Jackson Kemper Annual Fund?

Any restricted gifts, such as gifts for campus beautification or contributions to the scholarship endowment, do not qualify as gifts to the Annual Fund.