Donation Information

Ministry Descriptions

ELCA Vision for Mission
Help ELCA share the love of Christ far and wide. Your gifts will be used to help sustain and grow our community of faith where it is needed most.

ELCA World Hunger
From health clinics to water wells, microloans to food pantries, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger get at the root causes of hunger and poverty in nearly 60 countries around the world.

Lutheran Disaster Response
Long after the dust settles and the media headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response is known for providing ongoing, long-term assistance to those affected by disasters in the U.S. and around the world.

ELCA Global Church Sponsorship
Your gifts to ELCA Global Church Sponsorship build up Christ’s church by sending missionaries, training leaders, planting new churches and growing existing ones where needed most.

ELCA Missionaries
Equipping missionaries to work alongside our global church partners who invite them, your gifts through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship help grow the church in more than 40 countries around the world.

Young Adults in Global Mission
Your gifts to Young Adults in Global Mission through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship make it possible for participants to spend a life-changing year in service in more than nine communities around the world.

Global Ministries
From starting new congregations to training pastors and evangelists, your gifts through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship help our global companions expand their ministries.

International Leaders
By providing scholarship support to high-potential international students – especially women – your gifts through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship help students bring positive changes to their communities and the world.

ELCA Fund for Leaders
In a world of rising tuition and growing debt, the ELCA Fund for Leaders provides seminary scholarships to ensure that future leaders are financially able to respond to God’s call and begin a life of ministry and service.

ELCA New Congregations
There is a place for everyone in the ELCA, but it starts with a welcoming invitation. Help start new congregations across the country, especially among diverse, emerging populations.

Renewing Congregations
Every congregation is in a mission field, but many need resources to share the good news. Help congregations with renewal efforts that assist in reaching, inviting, and serving their neighbors in new and effective ways.

Disability Ministries
Your gifts help us expand ministries with people living with disabilities.

Youth and Young Adults
Engage young people in the life of this church and invest in the future of the ELCA with your gifts to support youth and young adult ministries.

Special Needs Retirement Fund
Retired leaders of this church often face financial hardship. The Special Needs Retirement fund helps provide additional income to eligible retired leaders and their spouses to pay for food and housing.

The Lutheran World Federation Endowment Fund
The ELCA is a member of The Lutheran World Federation, a global communion representing 70 million Christians in 79 countries. Together, we serve those in need and advocate for a more just, peaceful world.

Lutheran Schools in the Holy Land
Your gifts help the Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land provide 2,000 students in Palestine with the opportunity to learn and grow together, regardless of gender, race, religion or ability to pay.

By mail

Please make checks payable to "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America" and indicate in the memo line which area(s) of ministry you would like to support and send to:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

By phone

Call 800-638-3522 to make a donation with a credit card. Operators are ready to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Time.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. The ELCA’s tax identification number is 41-1568278.