Lutheran Services in America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Bring Together Key Leaders to Improve Child Well-being Programs in the United States

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) – Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to bring together key leaders serving children, youth, and families to participate in AECF's preeminent Results-Based Leadership Institute (RBLI).  This collective work is made possible through the continued generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has previously partnered with LSA on two prior learning cohorts.

Led by RBLI faculty members Donna StarkBarbara Squires, and Raj Chawla, and tailored specifically for LSA members, this is a unique and exciting opportunity for leaders in the LSA network to participate in the highly regarded results-based leadership approach, and to be part of a national youth wellbeing program with impact on communities across the United States. 

Launching in September 2016, this eight-month program is designed to support the LSA network of children, youth and family providers to create a collective set of results-based, data-driven performance measures to improve youth wellbeing nationally; integrate new results-based tools, approaches and methods into all aspects of their agencies; and prepare leaders to work with stakeholders to achieve improved well-being for children and youth in their communities. The RBLI faculty will provide individualized coaching, consultation, and support to the members.

"The LSA network is excited to once again have the opportunity to work with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to participate in the renowned results-based leadership framework," said Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America. "This partnership equips LSA leaders with the tools and resources to ensure that the children they serve are nurtured and on a pathway to successful adulthood.  By working together, we can achieve even more for the thousands of children and families we serve each year."

The following LSA member organizations are participating in the AECF Results-Based Leadership Institute: Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Services Florida, Inc., Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Upbring (the new Lutheran Social Services of the South), and Wellspring Lutheran.

For information about LSA's Children, Youth and Families Working Group, visit:


Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (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 people 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. The LSA network is ranked at #23 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups, and has combined revenue of $21 billion. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation's children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.  

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