ELCA Foundation

Leave a Legacy

The ELCA Foundation stands ready to assist you and your congregation, synod or other ELCA organization. We offer expertise as well as resources, financial education, and investment- and endowment-management services to help you make major or planned gifts to the ELCA ministries that have meant so much to you.


Services for Members

We can help you navigate your options to create a gift plan that benefits the ministries that mean the most to you and maximizes your financial and estate-planning goals.

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Services for Congregations

We offer expertise and guidance for congregations exploring their options for endowment investing and planning for the future, as well as no-cost seminars and educational opportunities.

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Gift Planners

Find your Gift Planner

Ready to make a plan? Let us help. Our nationwide network of regional gift planners is available to help individuals and congregations, with no cost or obligation.

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Stay in Touch

Sign up for Insights, our quarterly e-newsletter, and let us help you with tips, tools and information to achieve your charitable giving goals and support the people, ministries and causes you love.

ELCA Foundation: Make a plan. Change the world.

When you want to give back to this church and the ministries that mean so much to you, the ELCA Foundation is here to help. Through its nationwide network of regional gift planners, the Foundation can help you make a plan that achieves your unique financial and estate-planning goals. The Foundation also assists congregations and its leaders with guidance, endowment investment opportunities, and more to help ensure that ELCA ministries are sustainable for years to come.

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.