Bring Back the Seminary Bells!

This campaign ended on July 30, 2018, but you can still make a gift to San Francisco Theological Seminary by clicking here!
Carl Modo

Meet Carl Modo
Carl Modo is the seminary's bell ringer. He has been the seminary's bell ringer since he learned to ring the bells at his grandfather's knee, and comes from a long line of seminary bell ringers. Sadly, due to budget cuts, the seminary has had to let Carl go. Unfortunately, all Carl knows how to do is ring the bells at San Francisco Theological Seminary, yet he must venture into the world and find work elsewhere. As you'll learn in the entirely student-produced viral video, Carl's, um, special talents don't quite work in the outside world! The seminary needs to get Carl back, and the only way we can do that is with your help!

But seriously, folks...

Our bells were generously donated by Captain and Mrs. Robert Dollar in 1922, originally placed on top of Montgomery Hall. In 1952, they were moved to Geneva Hall's new bell tower, where they have proclaimed the hour ever since. 

Last year, the antiquated computer system that automates the hourly bell ringing stopped functioning and we found it was badly in need of replacement. In our small town, the seminary's iconic bells have lifted the spirits and brought peace to our neighbors and friends.

With your help, we can replace the system and get our bells ringing across the Ross Valley again! 

A quote from the dedication bulletin, September 1923: [the bells were to] “…shed a spiritual benediction upon our neighboring valleys…with the passing of time, they will become a unifying influence in our community, strengthening the sense of home and locality, and blending with our tenderest recollections…”

San Francisco Theological Seminary is a qualified 501(c)(3} non-profit organization, and our federal I.D. number is 94-1156302. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowable by law.


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The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
1956 1$1,000
1978 1$100
1981 1$44
1985 1$100
1990 1$100
1993 1$100
1999 1$50
2011 1$100
2012 1$100
2015 1$100
2019 1$100


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DONATE $1

• Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $25

• MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $50

• Choice of signed 11x 17 “RING” poster or high-quality 11x17 photograph of SFTS campus, suitable for framing • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $100

• Choice of 11x 17 “RING” poster or high-quality 11x17 photograph of SFTS campus, suitable for framing • Engraved bell keepsake ornament • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $250

• Choose between: Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead, signed 11x 17 “RING” poster, suitable for framing, or high-quality 11x17 photograph of SFTS campus, suitable for framing• Engraved bell keepsake ornament• MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone• Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl• Regular campaign updates


DONATE $500

• Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead • Choice of beautifully framed 11x 17 “RING” poster or 24x12 canvas wrap photograph of SFTS campus • Single ticket to reception and re-dedication of the seminary bells in the fall • Engraved bell keepsake ornament • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $1,000

• Name listed on honor roll plaque at the bell tower • Choice of two items: Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead, 11x14 framed RING Poster, OR 24x12 canvas wrap photograph of SFTS campus • Engraved bell keepsake ornament• Two tickets to reception and re-dedication of the seminary bells in the fall• MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone• Shout-out on social media• Thank you email from Carl• Regular campaign updates


DONATE $2,500

• Ability to schedule the bells to ring on a certain date and time to honor a birthday, anniversary, or other special event (date & time to be mutually agreed upon by SFTS and donor) • Name listed on honor roll plaque at the bell tower • Choice of two items: 11 x 14 framed RING Poster, 24x12 canvas wrap photograph of SFTS campus, Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead, or snow globe with Geneva Hall memorialized inside • Engraved bell keepsake ornament • Two tickets to reception and re-dedication of the seminary bells in the fall • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $5,000

• Ability to schedule the bells to ring on a certain date and time to honor a birthday, anniversary, or other special event (date & time to be mutually agreed upon by SFTS and donor) • Name listed on honor roll plaque at the bell tower • Choice of three items: 11 x 14 framed RING Poster, 24x12 canvas wrap photograph of SFTS campus, Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead, Snow globe with Geneva Hall memorialized inside • Engraved bell keepsake ornament • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Four tickets to reception and re-dedication of the seminary bells in the fall, with special recognition at the event • Shout-out on social media • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates


DONATE $10,000

$10,000++ • Name listed on signature plaque at the bell tower • Ability to schedule the bells to ring on a certain date and time to honor a birthday, anniversary, or other special event (date & time to be mutually agreed upon by SFTS and donor) • 11 x 14 framed RING Poster • 24x12 canvas wrap photograph of SFTS campus • Carl the Bell Ringer souvenir bobblehead • Snow globe with Geneva Hall memorialized inside • Six tickets to reception and re-dedication of the seminary bells in the fall, with special recognition at the event • Engraved bell keepsake ornament • MP3 ringtone of seminary bells for your phone • Thank you email from Carl • Regular campaign updates • Shout-out on social media