To Our Valued Donors, Investors and Ministry Partners:

Today, in this time of uncertainty, it is easy to allow fear and doubt to dominate our thoughts, prayers and actions. But our Heavenly Father reminds us that He is our light and our salvation, and that we don’t need to be afraid of anything.

Likewise, the Lord has blessed the Foundation, helping us become a resilient, well-diversified organization prepared for challenges such as the one we face today in serving ministries and individuals connected to the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As an organization with more than 60 years of history, we have overcome many such challenges in the past. Each one has made us stronger, ensuring we have the resources, staff and expertise needed to serve those who place their trust in us.

While the challenges created by the coronavirus continue to develop, rest assured that everyone at the Foundation is committed to helping you in any way they can, and in serving the members and ministries of our church, as well as our broader communities and our country.

If you have specific questions, here are some ways we hope we can help or address any concerns you might have:

For our ministries that invest with the Foundation

Although the current pandemic is somewhat unprecedented in modern times and has already taken a large toll on our economy and the financial markets, we can take comfort in a few key facts:

  • First, our country has lived through, survived, and come back stronger from equally traumatic events, including the 2001 terrorist attacks. Though those events, like what we’re experiencing now, caused significant volatility in the market, long-term investors benefited by staying the course.
  • Those ministries who have invested with the Foundation have flourished over the years, in great part, because of our intentional long-term approach to investing. Because we invest for ministries versus individuals, we can focus on economic growth measured over years and often decades to produce significant long-term growth that often surpasses for-profit investment companies.
  • We invest in well-diversified assets using the expertise of our investment advisor NEPC and 15 professional fund managers who oversee our portfolio. This approach takes the long view of matters, including serious challenges like what we’re experiencing today.

You may find the answers you need here, in this FAQ.

Should you have other questions about your ministry’s investments, our approach to investing or any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can email Mark Cannon, our CFO, at mark.cannon@lfnd.org, or Ralph Simon, our Vice President of Investment Services, at ralph.simon@lfnd.org.

For our members with gift plans, or beneficiaries of trusts, DAFs or endowments

Since 1958, the Foundation has helped LCMS members create plans to ensure their God-given gifts continue to benefit their family and faith long after they’re called home to heaven. We have served members through recessions, wars and countless other unique challenges that specific donors have faced. In short, our gift planning counselors and trust administrators are well-trained, knowledgeable and stand ready to help address any concerns you have.

You may find the answers you need here, in this FAQ.

If you have other question, please don’t hesitate to contact your counselor directly. A list of our counselors and their contact information can be found here.

You may also reach out to one of our trust administrators directly. Their contact information can be found here.

Or, if you’re not sure who to contact, call our main office at 800-325-7912, or email us at info@lfnd.org. Per guidelines issued by the CDC, many of our employees are working from home. However, we’re committed to responding to email or voicemail messages promptly.

Again, as always, we are deeply committed to serving our LCMS ministries and partners. If there’s anything you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In His Service,

David Fiedler