For Our Members

Collaboration, yes. Competition, no.

FOR OUR MEMBERS

With a membership of 300 health and human services organizations, Lutheran Services in America is one of the largest nonprofit networks in the country. We collectively impact six million lives each year, touching one in 50 people in America.

MEMBER BENEFITS

At Lutheran Services in America, we are committed to advocating for you, supporting you in achieving your mission, raising the visibility of your work and tapping into the knowledge and resources of 300 members together with national partners in healthcare, philanthropy, academia and business to strengthen your organization and transform lives.

OUR NETWORK

300 health and human
services organizations in
1,400 communities

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“Lutheran Services in America is the only place where we can share, collaborate and innovate together because we are peers, not competitors.”

Ted Goins
President & CEO
Lutheran Services Carolinas
(Member Organization)

TAP INTO THE POWER OF OUR NETWORK

TOGETHER WE ARE:

Amplifying the collective power of our $23 billion faith-based voice on Capitol Hill to advance policies that strengthen the nonprofit sector and improve the health and well-being of the millions of people our network cares for each year.

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Forging national partnerships with philanthropy, academia, healthcare and others, giving us the opportunity to directly invest in communities, share learnings and innovations and drive adoption.

 

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Achieving exponential impact through collaboration with network members and our national partners, designed to advance solutions and drive systemic change so that all people can lead their best lives.

 

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Raising the visibility of your work through various activities, such as our Frontline Heroes series that elevates your local presence on a national platform and our Leadership Awards that highlight the significant contributions and exceptional work prevalent throughout the network.

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Strengthening social sector leaders by creating opportunities for leaders to come together in person and virtually to hear from thought leaders, address priority issues and reimagine the future.




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PREFERRED BUSINESSES

As members of our network, get access to special services and discounts.

Events

CEO SUMMIT

A unique, trusted learning environment where our network’s leaders examine success factors and exchange experiences with peers who share a core set of values and a mission to empower people and communities across our nation.

STRENGTH & SERVICE SERIES

An interactive virtual webinar series designed to help our member organizations nationwide stay in the know on new and evolving practices and resources, curating a broad line-up of topics and subject matter expertise.

MEMBER NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Alligators and Lutheran Social Ministry

Our member SpiriTrust Lutheran welcomed WallyGator, a 70-pound, 5.5-foot alligator, to its facilities. It reminded Charlotte Haberaecker of the extraordinary efforts Lutheran social ministry organizations make to care for people and ensure they live a full and abundant life.

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Montana Nursing Homes Navigate Staff Shortage & Funding Deficit

“We’re living in a totally different time,” David Trost, president and CEO of our member St. John’s United, told the Montana Television Network. Hear how the combined challenges of limited staff and insufficient Medicaid reimbursements are putting pressure on facilities and what the state must do to address the situation.

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Adam Libby: A Bold Chef Who’s Become a Social Media Phenomenon

With support from his sisters and his community living coordinator at Living Innovations, a service of our member Mosaic, Chef Adam Libby has become the face of confidence for people with disabilities.

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Ukrainian Sanford Health Nurse Reunites with her Family

Olha Finnelly is a nurse at a local Sanford Health clinic whose family lives in Ukraine. Olha’s colleagues raised $3,000 to fund travel expenses for her family to make it out of Ukraine and reunite with her in the United States.

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Shelley Kendrick Recognized in 2022 Women in Business List

Shelley Kendrick, the president and CEO of our member Ecumen, was named by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in its 2022 Women in Business list. The list, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recognizes more than 50 female business leaders in the Twin Cities area for their professional achievements and contributions to the community.

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Member Recognition ​

Lutheran Services in America honors members for their exceptional work and leadership and for exemplifying our core values.

LEADERSHIP

AwardS

Results Innovation Lab

AwardS

Frontline

HEROES

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BECOMING A MEMBER ORGANIZATION

All social ministry organizations affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and/or recognized by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) are members of Lutheran Services in America.
  • To become affiliated with the ELCA, contact Naomi Sonne, Social Ministry Organization Engagement Manager.
  • To be recognized by the LCMS, contact Dorothy Krans, Director of Recognized Service Organizations.

If you are not affiliated with the ELCA or recognized by the LCMS, you can still become a Lutheran Services in America Associate Member. Contact Alesia Frerichs, VP of Member Engagement, to learn more.

Find members in your geographic area or across the country to make connections.

MEMBER CEO TRANSITIONS

Each month, we share new CEO and organizational changes that take place across our nationwide network. If you know about a transition in the network, contact Alesia Frerichs, VP of Member Engagement.

INCOMING CEOS

AUGUST 2022

Charles Downs Jr.

Virginia Lutheran Homes

Roanoke, VA

JULY 2022

Arthur Padilla

Peace Community Center

Tacoma, WA

JUNE 2022

Maria Foschia

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Cleveland, OH

OUTGOING CEOS

AUGUST 2022

Heather Neff

Virginia Lutheran Homes

Roanoke, VA

JULY 2022

Denice Randle

Peace Community Center

Tacoma, WA

JULY 2022

Tim Hetzner

Lutheran Church Charities

Northbrook, IL