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May 18-20, 2021: St. Louis, Missouri
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Trainer: Philip Meinzen

Attend a Gift Planning Seminar

The LCMS Foundation regularly hosts “Lifetime Plan for Giving™” seminars and workshops to train ministries on how to reach out to their members and supporters about including the ministry in their gift plans, wills or estate plans.

The workshops and seminars are for anyone—including pastors, staff coordinators, lay leaders, school administrators and development officers.

Participants will learn from a variety of gift planning and development experts about the best practices and techniques for surfacing and creating planned gifts, enhancing development efforts or growing endowments.

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Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. Proverbs 15:22

My Ministry Should Start a Program

Starting a gift planning program in your ministry can be simple and the rewards great. We have partnerships with dozens of LCMS congregations, schools, RSOs and even our seminaries. Each year these partnerships result in $125 to $150 million in future planned gifts for LCMS organizations.


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The Benefits of Gift Planning for Ministries

There are many benefits to having a gift planning program, but for ministries, the most measurable is often the generosity of the gifts their members create. Most basic partnerships with the Foundation lead to about 10 gift plans in the first year, with an average gift in the $250,000 range.

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Creating Support for Gift Planning

Like most ministry initiatives, success depends on having an organized effort, led by dedicated champions who inspire others to join them. Our approach will help you build support, internally, for the program, while being adaptable to your culture and needs.

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Contact Us

If you're a ministry leader, current donor or account holder, 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.