Spreading the word about gift planning, and how it can be a blessing to both families and ministry, is an essential element of any ministry gift planning program. As part of your partnership with the Foundation, we provide brochure templates and other marketing tools to help you engage your members and supporters.
The Foundation offers marketing resources and custom calculators that will help you and your ministry spread the word as to why gift planning is important to ministry long-term.
As you consider how gift planning can benefit you, your family, and the congregations and ministries you love, our gift planning calculators can help. Use them to get some initial estimates, including tax benefits, inheritance distributions, income payments (when applicable) and how your gift will benefit ministry.
Our straightforward process begins with discussing what’s important to you. Then, with our knowledge and expertise, we'll help you establish goals, take full advantage of tax benefits, and thoughtfully provide for your family and your faith, even after you've left this Earth.
Many wonder if they have “enough” to create a gift plan. The answer is always yes. All people possess God’s gifts, and even the humblest gifts can make a positive impact. And regardless of the gifts you wish to share, our counselors will work with you, at no charge. Learn more in our FAQ section..
Starting a gift planning program at your ministry can be simple. We partner with dozens of congregations, schools, RSOs and many of the Concordia universities. Each year, these partnerships result millions in future planned gifts to LCMS organizations. If you think your ministry should start a program, we’d love to talk with you.
In today’s busy world with volatile markets, we appreciate the expertise and cost efficiency of the Foundation to manage the congregation’s investments. Partnering with the LCMS Foundation provides for not only the ministries of Immanuel, but for the ministries of the church at large.
Chairman, Immanuel Endowment Fund Committee
Our school was blessed with our first gift from a donor who wanted to start an endowed scholarship fund. The LCMS Foundation helped guide us through the process of creating an investment fund that reflected the donor’s wishes and provided an opportunity for future financial growth for our school. We were thankful to work with a trusted partner who understood the importance of incorporating our mission and vision in our financial planning.
Director of Mission Advancement
Christ Community Lutheran School
St. Louis, MO
Our partnership with the LCMS Foundation has been a tremendous blessing. In just a few years, we’ve identified more than $20 million in gifts planned for St. Peter and other Lutheran ministries.
Rev. Micah Greiner
Lead Pastor, St. Peter Lutheran Church
Arlington Heights, IL
Working with the LCMS Foundation has not only been stress-free but immensely beneficial for our congregation. We are thankful to have a partner in our investing that cares deeply about the proclamation of the Word of God, the administration of Christ’s sacraments, and the congregations of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The endowment we have started is meant to support these important things in Montana no and for future generations.
Rev. Ryan Wendt
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church
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