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

Lutheran Services Carolinas Expands New Americans Program

Lutheran Services Carolinas opened another office in Myrtle Beach to support refugees in their resettlement efforts in South Carolina. Lutheran Services Carolinas’s New Americans Program offers housing, healthcare and other important services. “There is nothing more American than supporting those who come here,” said Matt Emery.

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Advocate Aurora and Atrium Health Merge to Create Advocate Health

Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health announced that they have combined to form Advocate Health, a new organization that provides services to 6 million patients across six states. The newly formed organization aims to improve safety and outcomes, advance health equity and accelerate medical breakthroughs.

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Dennis Quaid–hosted Documentary Showcases Encircle Disability Programs

The documentary program “Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid” featured our Virginia-based member enCircle in a recent story that highlights the organization’s Minnick Schools and its programs for people with developmental disabilities. The program is currently airing on public television stations nationwide through October 2023.

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Damyn Kelly Named to the Nonprofit Power 100 List

Damyn Kelly, president and CEO of our member Lutheran Social Services of New York, was recognized for his leadership in the Nonprofit Power 100 list. The list, a partnership between City & State and its sister publication New York Nonprofit Media, identifies our sector’s most important and effective leaders in New York.

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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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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, President & CEO, 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

JANUARY 2023

Dave Morin

Samaritas

Detroit, MI

OCTOBER 2022

Deborah Martinez

Peace Community Center

Tacoma, WA

OUTGOING CEOS

DECEMBER 2022

Sam Beals

Samaritas

Detroit, MI

NOVEMBER 2022

Cassandra Tembo

Cedar Lake

Louisville, KY

OCTOBER 2022

Arthur Padilla

Peace Community Center

Tacoma, WA