Please join us in welcoming Caleb Rollins to the Lutheran Services in America network. As of March 21, Caleb joins LSA in Washington, D.C. as Development Manager, reporting to Vice President of Development Deborah Hoesly. Caleb will work closely with Deborah to pursue funding opportunities for LSA and its members and engage LSA's foundation and individual partners to advance our network's mission.
Congratulations to Bill Hanawalt, Executive Director of Peace Community Center, for being one of nine people nationally selected as a “White House Champion of Change for Summer Opportunity.” Bill was chosen because of his commitment to advocating for summer learning, meals and violence prevention in Tacoma, Washington. Peace Community Center is a member of the LSA network and Bill has served on our board.
Join hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders for our biggest event of the year as we come together to celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network. Called by our shared heritage and mission, we are growing the future of Lutheran social ministry and honoring those we serve.
It's an exciting time at Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) as we welcome two new interns to our Washington, D.C. office for the spring semester as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS).
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Ariel Guerrero, MPA as a Director, Member Engagement, at our office in Washington, D.C. In this new role, Ariel's focus is in the area of senior services and post-acute care for our national network of health and human services organizations.
Two years ago, Front Porch, a California-based nonprofit, launched an initiative called Humanly Possible, a transformative commitment to cause-based innovation. Humanly Possible isn't just a tagline or a short-term plan, this new way of thinking has become a catalyst for disruptive innovation, strategic development and new partnership throughout the Front Porch organization.
Plans are well underway for the 2016 LSA Annual Conference, April 25 – 28 in Minnesota. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference continues to build and celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. At the conference, we'll focus on mission, impact and innovation – and how our network of social ministry organizations comes together to transform lives and communities.
The 2015 Philanthropy 400 list of the nation’s top charities has been released, and this year LSA is ranked at number 23. The Philanthropy 400 list is compiled annually by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for nonprofit news and issues.
On November 2, President Obama signed into law a two-year budget and debt ceiling agreement, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA, 114-74). The measure lifts the federal borrowing limit – also known as the debt ceiling – through March 2017, and provides a framework for federal spending in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The deal includes $80 billion in sequestration relief, split evenly between defense and nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs – a major win for NDD advocates like Lutheran Services in America (LSA). The legislation also addresses a looming increase in Medicare Part B premiums, and makes legislative changes to extend the solvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund. To comply with parliamentary requirements, the deal also includes program and policy changes to offset the cost of these sequester and health care provisions.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the "Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative" (Collaborative), a three-year project starting October 1, 2015 with a goal to develop a model for rural communities that can be adapted and replicated in Midwestern states and beyond. LSA brings together two of the LSA network's most established senior services providers, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, to take joint action together to improve the lives of seniors in rural Minnesota and North Dakota. Both organizations are trusted providers of services for seniors and bring significant experience, expertise and infrastructure assets on which to build.