Matching gifts opportunities

Matching Gift Opportunities

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement



Global Mission Fund

April 27, 2022 update — The $100,000 maximum for this gift match has been reached. We are thankful for everyone who participated and who joined Synod’s family of donors through this opportunity.



Global Seminary Initiative: International Student Scholarships


 Gifts matched up to $175,000

March 30, 2022 — A friend of the LCMS is again matching contributions directed to the Global Seminary Initiative’s International Student Scholarships component. Donations in any amount are eligible for this opportunity until we reach the $175,000 goal or the deadline of Nov. 30, 2022, whichever comes first.

Donations will be matched if given to the LCMS (to be split equally between the two LCMS seminaries) or mailed to the seminary you personally prefer. LCMS Mission Advancement is working in tandem with Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., to encourage and receive gifts in response to this match opportunity. There is no minimum gift amount required to be match-eligible, nor any upper limit to the amount a person, organization or congregation can contribute.

This collaborative effort by the LCMS, Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary makes it possible for qualified, approved international students to pursue advanced degrees at our world-class seminaries. They can then return home to serve as professors and church leaders in their home county. This kind of theological education is among the most requested form of assistance coming from our 38 international partner churches.

To have your gift to the LCMS matched, please make your check payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. On the memo line or in a personal note, write: “GSI: International Scholarships” (or Account A20178-23078). You can participate online by clicking the “Donate” button below.

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To give to a specific seminary, please contact their advancement office directly or visit their website.



National Mission (General Support)

Dec. 2, 2022 update — The deadline for this gift match has been reached. We are thankful for everyone who participated and who joined Synod’s family of donors through this opportunity.



LCMS Joint Seminary Fund

Dec. 2, 2022 update — The deadline for this gift match has been reached. We are thankful for everyone who participated and who joined Synod’s family of donors through this opportunity.



International Mission

Sept. 20, 2021 — This gift-matching opportunity has been fully subscribed. Thanks to you, your Synod can support a double measure of witness and mercy work through LCMS International Mission.



Together As Synod (Unrestricted)

Aug. 30, 2021 — This gift-matching opportunity has been fully subscribed. Thanks to you, your Synod can support a double measure of witness and mercy work through the unrestricted Together As Synod fund.


 

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose, when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.

Consistent with Synod Board policy and in recognition of the joyful response and generosity of God’s people over the past fiscal year, not more than 10.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors (compared to a not-more-than ceiling of 13.5 percent the previous fiscal year). Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

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