LSA News

LSA Welcomes New Vice President of Development, Deborah Pez Hoesly

Lutheran Services in America is pleased to announce that Deborah Hoesly has joined our national headquarters team as the new Vice President of Development. This is a new position for the organization; she joins LSA as of October 6, 2014. In this role, Deborah is responsible for individual, corporate and foundation giving, as well as donor relations and development strategy.

Lutheran Services in America Kicks off Reformation Celebrations with Launch of Three-Year Fundraising Campaign

Lutheran Services in America (LSA), a network of more than 300 health and human services organizations in thousands of communities nationwide, has announced the launch of the LSA 20-500 Fund Circle. This is a multi-year campaign culminating in celebrations observing the 20th anniversary of LSA and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, both celebrated in 2017.

Samuel Sipes of Lutheran Services Florida Elected Chair of the LSA Board of Directors

Samuel M. Sipes, LCSW, BCD, has been elected as Chairperson of the Board for Lutheran Services in America, effective October 15, 2014. Sipes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Services Florida. His term as Board chair runs through June 30, 2015. Sipes joined the LSA Board in 2009, and fills the Chair position left vacant in September 2014 due to the retirement of John Bauer, formerly of Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Julie E. Swanson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA), a member of LSA. Swanson joined LFSVA in July 2005. As President and CEO, she manages 400 employees in 15 locations across the state with a total annual budget of $29 million.

LSA-DN Acknowledges Senator Harkin on his Retirement for Tireless Work on Behalf of Americans with Disabilities

The Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) has reached out to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to personally thank him for his tireless advocacy on and support for the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. After more than 25 years in the Senate, Senator Harkin is now retiring. Senator Harkin is the Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the Senate and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Lutheran Services in America Jumps to Number 20 on Chronicle of Philanthropy's "Philanthropy 400" Annual Listing of Nation's Top Charities

For more information: Tania Hernandez-Andersen, 202-499-5846 or 301-651-5243 or thernandez-andersen@lutheranservices.org.

October 20, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The 2014 "Philanthropy 400" list has been announced, revealing that Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has jumped from number 25 to number 20 on the list. The Philanthropy 400 list is compiled annually by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for nonprofit news and issues.

LSA-DN Advocates for Passage of the ABLE Act During Lame Duck Session

Lutheran Services in America (LSA-DN) and its member organizations are actively reaching out to both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate urging passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 647/S. 313) during the current Lame Duck session of Congress. LSA-DN strongly support the ABLE Act because it will enable individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their future just like every other American. The ABLE Act facilitates self-direction for people with disabilities, supports individuals living in the community and shifts some long-term services and supports costs from Medicaid. The House is due to vote on the Act during the first week of December.

Midwest Disaster Consortium Created Through Partnership of Lutheran Agencies

Lutheran Disaster Response announces the development of a Midwest Disaster Consortium that will be focused on creating sustainability for essential disaster staff at Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate Social Ministry Organizations within a four-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri. The Social Ministry Organizations that will be active in the consortium include Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN), Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND), Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota (LSSSD) and Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri (LFCS).

LSA-DN Applauds House Passage of the ABLE Act

On Wednesday, December 3rd, the U.S House of Representatives passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647/S. 313) with a vote of 404-17. Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) applauds the overwhelming support for this legislation that will allow individuals with disabilities to save for the future without fear of jeopardizing essential long-term services and supports provided through Medicaid and other programs. The Senate is expected to take up the ABLE Act sometime next week.

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