Gift Planning Services

Gift Planning

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement

Gift planning benefits are numerous. This is done in joyful response to what the Lord has done for you. Also, it allows you to make the very best gifts to family and ministry.

You can rest assured knowing that your wishes will be honored and that your earthly assets will be passed on in a way that makes sense and is helpful to those people and organizations you hold most dear.

Our gift planning counselors show you how to make the best use of tax laws and wealth transfer principles that maximize what you share with others and minimize what goes to taxes and probate fees.

Through a gift plan that includes the LCMS, enabled by a gift planning advocate, you may:

  • Increase your annual income
  • Eliminate capital gains tax on assets
  • Gift the most appropriate/favorable assets to heirs and to the ministry you love
  • Receive a significant tax deduction
  • Lower your potential estate tax
  • Assure the transfer of your fullest possible estate value to heirs
  • Increase possible gifts to heirs and grandchildren

Contact LCMS Gift Planning Services

Gift planning can benefit you and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Continue your legacy to your church and family by supporting God’s mission through the LCMS.

Perhaps the easiest way to share the Gospel, leave a legacy and have your questions addressed is to contact LCMS Gift Planning Services.

Kate Ellis
Coordinator, Gift Planning and Grants
LCMS Mission Advancement

The LCMS Foundation is our partner in supplying support for LCMS Gift Planning Services.


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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 a more challenging economic and philanthropic/fundraising environment due to inflationary pressure, not more than 12.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors (compared to a not-more-than ceiling of 10.5 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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