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Where to Begin?

At first blush, the gift planning process can appear complex and overwhelming. With the right tools and an expert partner, however, it doesn’t have to be. The LCMS Foundation has designed every facet of our simple, intuitive process with your comfort and convenience in mind.

Your dedicated gift planning counselor

If your LCMS congregation or ministry has a partnership with the Foundation, you already have access to a dedicated gift planning counselor. When working with a counselor, you can expect convenience, confidentiality and expert guidance at no charge. If your ministry doesn’t have an existing partnership, you can learn more about creating a partnership with the Foundation here.

But even if your ministry doesn’t have a partnership, as an LCMS individual, we’d still be honored to help you create a plan (there’s still no charge for our gift planner’s services). Contact us here and we’ll connect you to a counselor.

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Our four-step process

Our helpful gift planning process is called Lifetime Plan for Giving™. Divided into four steps, each step is designed to guide and educate you as you create your Christian estate and gift plan.

  1. Discovery: With the help of an in-person or virtual visit and a useful, clear-cut workbook, your gift planning counselor gathers necessary information.

  2. Design: Using information from the survey and visit, we provide multiple options to structure your gift plan. These designs should all align with your goals but may provide a range of benefits and approaches. Designs are explored and considered until we arrive at the right plan for you.

  3. Summary: We create a complete, thorough explanatory document that explains the details of your gift plan for you, your loved ones and your advisors.

  4. Implementation: The final step is to assist you with implementing the gift plan. We’ll make sure your beneficiary designations are updated and correct, and if needed, provide your attorney with all the information they need to prepare and review any necessary legal documents.

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Everyone shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which he has given you. Deuteronomy 16:17

Start Your Gift Plan Today

If your congregation or ministry has a gift planning program in place, you already have access to a dedicated gift planning counselor. Click the "Learn More" button below to learn how to get started, including setting up a no-obligation discovery session.

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My Ministry Should Start a Program

Starting a gift plan program for your ministry can be simple. We have partnerships with dozens of LCMS congregations, schools, ministries and even our seminaries. If you think your ministry should have a program in place, we’re happy to talk with your pastor or ministry leaders.

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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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Contact Us

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.