Gift Planning Services

Gift Planning

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement

The benefits of planning your giving are numerous. Giving is a joyful response to what the Lord has done for you in His Son, Jesus. The process of gift planning can also ensure the very best gifts to family and to the Lord’s work during your life, and when the Lord calls you to Himself.

Planning your giving helps you know that your wishes will be honored and that the assets (material blessings) entrusted to you by God will be put to work in a way that reflects careful stewardship, helps those whom you hold most dear and supports those parts of our Synod’s work that you hold most dear. Planning also makes the work of your personal representatives or executor straightforward, giving him or her clear instructions about your wishes.

The gift planning advocates in LCMS Mission Advancement and the LCMS Foundation* stay current with relevant tax laws and wealth transfer principles. They apply that knowledge and experience to help you maximize what you share with family and our Synod’s ministry while keeping taxes and probate (estate court) fees to an absolute minimum.

A carefully designed gift plan, one that includes the LCMS mission and ministry you wish to support, can help you:

  • 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

Learn more about gift planning


Contact LCMS Mission Advancement: Gift Planning team

For more information about how to include the LCMS ministries you care about in your personal gift plan, please contact LCMS Mission Advancement:


Michael Fischer - LCMS Mission Advancement - Senior Gift Planning AdvocateMichael (Mike) Fischer
Senior Gift Planning Advocate




Kate Ellis - Coordinator of LCMS Mission Advancement Gift PlanningKate Ellis
Gift Planning Coordinator




Joshua Douglas - LCMS Mission Advancement - Gift Planning AdvocateJosh Douglas
Gift Planning Advocate





*The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its Mission Advancement team coordinate closely with The LCMS Foundation for gift planning, legal support and trust management when the plan intends to bolster the work and program areas of the LCMS.

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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 13.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated 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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