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

Monday, October 20, 2014

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.

The list of the top charities in the nation ranks nonprofits by their donations from private sources, including individuals, foundations and corporations. LSA had been listed at number 25 on the list in 2012 and 2013. The top 20 ranking puts LSA in the company of other charitable organizations such as United Way, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA and the American Cancer Society.

"This is a clear indication of the strength and reach of the Lutheran Services in America network of more than 300 health and human services organizations," said LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker. "Our members are serving their neighbors in the rich Lutheran tradition of social ministry, providing critical services and support in all 50 states and parts of the Caribbean. Each year, millions of the most vulnerable people in our nation rely on our members to improve their lives and make their communities stronger."

LSA is one of the largest health and human service networks in the country, touching the lives of more than six million Americans – one in 50 people – each year. Our members employ nearly 250,000 people and have a footprint in all 50 states and some parts of the Caribbean.

As a network, LSA develops funding opportunities, helps replicate best practices, acts as the national voice for our members in policy and advocacy issues, brings members together on joint projects and collaboration opportunities and provides leadership development and training and forums for peer-to-peer learning and training. 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that giving to the Philanthropy 400 list was up 10 percent overall over last year, and that the greater universe of nonprofits saw only a three percent increase. The Chronicle of Philanthropy sources the information mainly from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form 990, the informational return that nonprofits file on a yearly basis. Government support, such as Medicare and Medicaid, is not used to rank the charities listed. LSA previously conducted a survey in 2012 of its members' publicly available 990 forms and compiled the data for The Chronicle.

"We need to acknowledge the importance of our donors," said Haberaecker. "LSA and its member organizations rely heavily on the generosity of our partners and supporters. Despite signs of economic recovery, the needs in our communities continue to grow, and Lutheran social ministry is committed to serving these needs, and reaching even more people with services and programs that transform their lives and make their communities stronger."  

Connect with LSA online at www.lutheranservices.org, Twitter (@LutheranSvcs) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/lutheranservices).

To support LSA and its network of community providers, go to http://lutheranservices.org/LSA20500FundCircle

Learn more about the Philanthropy 400 at http://www.philanthropy.com/400 and join the conversation on social media using hashtag #phil400.

About Lutheran Services in America
Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 Americans each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.