Lutheran Services in America Named to “America’s Favorite Charities 2018” List by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018                                                                                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Renee Hockaday
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 Lutheran Services in America Named to “America’s Favorite Charities 2018” List
by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

WASHINGTON – In recognition of its fundraising successes and visibility-raising efforts, Lutheran Services in America was named by the prestigious Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the top organizations on its “America’s Favorite Charities 2018” list. The list, which ranks the 100 charities that raised the most in cash and stock contributions in 2017, identifies the organizations that Americans are most willing to open their wallets to support. The Chronicle singled out both Lutheran Services in America’s nine percent fundraising increase which bucks “a national trend of declines for social-service charities,” and the organization’s ability to raise its profile nationally “in an era when government support for the safety net is endangered.”

The America’s Favorite Charities list rankings focus solely on the fundraising of cause-driven nonprofits. It provides insights into the trends affecting donations by individuals from all walks of life and the growing importance of foundation gifts to charities. “We’re deep in the community. We came out of the community, and we’re constantly reinventing ourselves in what we do,” Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberacker notes in the article.

Lutheran Services in America members also were cited by the same Chronicle of Philanthropy issue as innovative groups that tackle a wide variety of issues, including support for children, the homeless and U.S. veterans. Three of the Washington, DC-based organization’s more than 300 member organizations were highlighted for their groundbreaking progress in areas ranging from combatting child abuse, poverty and violence to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and protecting patient access to Medicaid. The three member organizations, Mosaic in Omaha, Nebraska; Upbring in Austin, Texas; and We Raise Foundation in Itasca, Illinois are a just a few of the many member organizations that have revamped to meet modern realities, invested in reaching new donors, and added emphasis on impact and effective storytelling. We Raise Foundation President Paul Miles notes in the profile that Lutheran Services in America “is the glue that holds us together.”

The full Chronicle of Philanthropy article can be accessed here. To schedule an interview with Lutheran Services in America’s Charlotte Haberacker about its members’ work for millions of Americans each year, contact Ph: (202) 601-4365 or rhockaday@lutheranservices.org. 

 About Lutheran Services in America:

Lutheran Services in America is the national network of Lutheran social ministry organizations—connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. The Lutheran Services in America network operates with more than $22 billion in annual revenue and over 250,000 member employees. Together, the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors—making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year. To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org

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