Matching gifts opportunities

Matching Gift Opportunities

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod



International Mission


 Gifts matched up to $102,000

A disciple of Jesus is matching contributions directed to LCMS International Mission’s general fund dollar-for-dollar. All gifts up to $102,000 are eligible for this opportunity, and no minimum dollar amount is required.

Donations will support International Mission work wherever the financial pressures or mission opportunities are greatest at the time the gift is received as determined by the Office of International Mission. The matching offer does not apply to those gifts restricted for specific missionaries, projects, countries or regions.

This giving opportunity provides program leaders and regional directors with cost-effective financial resources able to underwrite Gospel-focused, hope-sharing efforts where more focused charitable contributions are unavailable or not fully sufficient to complete the work.

At this time, International Mission’s General (“where needed most”) fund is one of two areas with the most pressing need for the Church’s support — and yours.

To have your gift matched, specify on the memo line or personal note International Mission-General (Account A16150-20480).

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Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty


 Gifts matched up to $100,000

A bold and concerned couple stands ready to match any first-time donation of $500 or more, given to support the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, up to a total of $100,000. Eligible donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

The deadline for reaching this goal is December 31, 2020, or when the full $100,000 has been claimed by those who respond to this opportunity.

The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty leads, coordinates, teaches and encourages orthodox Lutherans as we give a bold public witness to the sanctity of all human life, the biblical definition of marriage, and the religious freedoms we claim as citizens under the First Amendment.

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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 A20740-23201-01). 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


 Gifts matched up to $50,000

A friend of the LCMS is matching contributions designated for the Global Mission Fund (including the Ascending Roots managed giving program). Donations in any amount up to $50,000 are eligible for this opportunity until the available matching funds are claimed.

Global Mission contributions support both international and national mission efforts — meaning witness (evangelism) and mercy (humanitarian) work done in Christ’s name. Your gift today will provide critical services to our missionaries and fund necessary programmatic work that has no alternative source of designated mission-specific funding.

With one gift, you can support faithful witness and mercy work both here and in other nations. Historically, 60 percent of each dollar goes to supporting international efforts; 40 percent to supporting mission efforts here in the U.S.

To have your gift matched, specify on the memo line or personal note “Global Mission Fund” (or Account TR9201).

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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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