Annual & Financial Reports


Unity with Purpose

In 2021, Lutheran social ministry continued its critical role on the front lines of 1,400 communities nationwide. We responded to new needs and opportunities while advancing innovative approaches that achieve a healthier, more equitable future for people and communities across the country. United, we are stronger, and our network, partners and supporters give us added strength to stand together during challenging times.

We thank and acknowledge our friends, members and partners for their generous support and commitment in 2021. Together, we create opportunities that empower all people to lead their best lives.

View our 2022 Financial Reports:

lutheran services in america 2021 annual report
Experience the story of Lutheran social ministry in our 2021 Annual Report:

Financial Accountability

The fiscal year for Lutheran Services in America is July 1 to June 30 and our budget is approved by the members at the Annual Meeting. We use the accrual accounting method and provide financial reports to the Treasurer and the entire Board of Directors at least four times per year.

Annual Audit

The Audit Committee of the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors is responsible for selecting a CPA firm to audit our financial records annually. The Audit Committee supervises the preparation of the audit and presents it to the Board for approval.

Form 990

As shown in its IRS Determination Letter, Lutheran Services in America is exempt from Federal income taxation as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Cost. The Lutheran Services in America Form 990 is professionally prepared and reviewed by both the Audit Committee and the members of the Board of Directors before it is filed with the IRS.


Investment of Lutheran Services in America funds is based on an investment policy approved by the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors. Investments are supervised by the Audit Committee of the Board. To the extent possible, short- and mid-term investments are placed with the ELCA Mission Investment Fund and the LCMS Lutheran Church Extension. Long-term investments are held in a balanced mutual fund.

Ethics, Transparency and Accountability

Lutheran Services in America places a high value on ethics, transparency and accountability. As a result, Lutheran Services in America:
  • Works with Independent Sector and other organizations to promote good practice within the nonprofit community.
  • Educates Lutheran Services in America member organizations regarding sound practices, the value of external accreditation and the need for ethical, transparent systems that complement community benefit.
  • Provides conflict of interest and whistleblower provisions. The Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors and Staff complete a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire annually. Any person – internal to Lutheran Services in America or external – may report a concern about Lutheran Services in America operations, financial management or other subjects through a third-party system, which is designed to protect the identity of the reporter and facilitate open and effective investigation of allegations. A statement on reporting improper conduct is accessible on the Lutheran Services in America website. Reports can be made here.