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We help individuals leave lasting gifts

You have assets—things like your retirement accounts, your home or land—that you want distributed to the people and ministries you care about after you’re called home to Heaven. But did you know that, with a well-designed gift plan, you may be able to reduce the tax bill on your estate and accomplish more with your assets? With more than 60 years of experience helping LCMS members with planned giving, we know how to help you make the best gifts to your family, but also find ways to leave lasting, impactful gifts to the ministries you hold dear.

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It Starts With a Plan

Whether you’re a pastor or leader looking to create long-term funding sources for your ministry, or an individual that wants to create an estate plan that provides for both your family and your favorite ministry, the LCMS Foundation is your expert guide.


Long-term funding for ministries

We help ministries create funding beyond what they receive through weekly offerings or capital campaigns. Does your ministry have an endowment or reserve funds? Do your members or supporters remember your ministry within their wills or estate plans? 

Having a planned giving program within your ministry helps your members and supporters create charitable estate plans—plans that help them make the most of their God-given assets. Our gift planning counselors can show them how a well-designed plan may be able to reduce the taxes on their estates, making it easier to make significant, lasting gifts to their home congregation or any LCMS ministry they cherish.

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And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.2 Corinthians 9:8

Gift Planning for Ministries

Gift planning can make a world of difference to the financial health of your ministry. Learn how the Foundation can partner with your church, school or ministry organization to establish a long-term solution that supports the work you do in Jesus’ name.

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Gift Planning for Individuals

Having a gift plan in place provides benefits beyond the obvious blessing of providing for your heirs. Those benefits include peace of mind, potentially significant tax savings and the chance to create a lasting gift to your favorite ministries.

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Still Have Questions?

Gift planning has many options that may seem overwhelming. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you start considering the ways that gift planning can make a positive impact to your ministry or your personal stewardship.

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How can we help you today? If you're a current donor, or if you're new to the LCMS Foundation and would like more information, we'd love to hear from you. Please use the "I have a question or comment about" drop-down field below to get your comment to the correct person or department faster.