Leave Your Legacy

Legacy Giving




“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).



Leave your legacy

Your life is a light in this world. With a planned gift in place to support the ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that have meant the most to you, your light will continue to shine for years and years to come.

When you create a planned giving commitment to benefit the ELCA or one of its ministries, you automatically become a member of the Legacy Society of the ELCA. This society exists to connect, inspire and thank our most faithful supporters. When you become a member of the Legacy Society, you join with other passionate and dedicated members of this church who are committed to ensuring its future. You’ll receive updates and invitations just for members, as well as ongoing, personal support from your regional gift planner.

Ready to leave your legacy? We’re here to help. Contact us for information or to begin creating your planned gift.


Gift Plan in Action: Meet the Thuemmels

Eleanor Thuemmel's grandmother couldn’t study geography when she was a young because the class was not offered to girls. Today, Eleanor and her husband, William, are honoring her grandmother’s legacy by providing young women with scholarships to attend seminary. The ELCA Foundation’s nationwide network of gift planners is here to help you create a plan that fits your unique situation — including your finances, passions and estate-planning goals. There’s no cost or obligation— it is our ministry to be of service.