Matching gifts opportunities

Matching Gift Opportunities

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod



LCMS Joint Seminary Fund


 First-time gifts matched up to $50,000

A friend of the LCMS is matching first-time contributions directed to the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund (including the Messengers recurring giving program) and gifts from current donors who increase their support over the amount given in 2019. 

This opportunity is available until Nov. 30 or when the available matching funds are fully claimed.

Your gift to the Joint Seminary Fund/JSF Messengers and an equal amount from the matching fund, will supply critically needed operating funds for both Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

These financial resources are over-and-above what regular Sunday-morning worship offerings supply to our seminaries. Joint Seminary Fund dollars are allocated between the two seminaries under a long-standing formula that accounts for varying levels of enrollment and two equally important seminaries serving the LCMS.

To have your gift matched, specify on the memo line or personal note LCMS Joint Seminary Fund (or Account A20740-23201-01).

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Global Seminary Initiative: International Student Scholarships


 Gifts matched up to $175,000

A friend of the LCMS is again matching contributions directed to the Global Seminary Initiative’s International Student Scholarships component. Donations in any amount up to $175,000 are eligible for this opportunity, until the available matching funds are fully claimed.

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.

This collaborative annual campaign 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 the most requested form of assistance by our 38 partner churches.

To have your gift to the LCMS matched, make your check payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and write on the memo line or personal note GSI: International Scholarships (or Account A20178-23078). Or you can donate 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.



Global Mission Fund

May 8, 2020 update — The match on contributions to the Global Mission Fund has been fully claimed by many wonderful people, groups and congregations. We thank each and every participant for being the generous, caring disciples you are.



International Mission

May 6, 2020 update — The match on contributions to International Mission (general support) has been fully claimed by many wonderful people, groups and congregations. We thank each and every participant for being the generous, caring disciples you are.


 

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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 differently. 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, no more than 12 percent of a charitable contribution may be applied to administering gifts and communicating with contributors.  Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

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