Give to LSI

Support Your Iowa Neighbors

We value the children, adults, and families we serve, and maximizing our impact. That’s why we spend 89 cents of every dollar received on services.

Through the generosity of thousands of individuals, churches, and organizations, LSI has helped bring hope, healing, and wholeness to Iowa communities for more than 150 years. Thank you to all who have contributed to make this possible!

LSI needs your support to continue this legacy and expand our impact across Iowa, so please make a gift today in support of our neighbors and communities. When you support LSI, you lift up Iowa parents by providing them with the education and resources they need to thrive. You welcome former refugees to their new home and new life in Iowa. You empower Iowans with disabilities as they build their independence.

Give Online

It’s secure, and it’s easy! Make an instant impact through a one-time gift or ongoing gifts.

Give By Mail

Would you prefer to give by mail? Print our donation form and send the completed form with your enclosed gift to:

Lutheran Services in Iowa

P.O. Box 848

Waverly, IA 50677

Read stories of those lifted up by your generosity in our quarterly newsletter and our annual Impact Report!

Questions about donating or LSI in general? Contact our Philanthropy and Church Relations team at or by phone at 866.584.5293. We’d love to talk with you about ways to support LSI or answer any questions you may have!

Planned Giving

LSI has responded to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service for more than 150 years. This has created a legacy of lifting up and empowering thousands of our Iowa neighbors, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

As an expression of your belief in our mission and ministry, we ask you to consider how you can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy for years to come. By including a gift to LSI in your will, living trust, and other estate plans, you help ensure that we can continue our mission and ministry for years to come.

There are many ways to make gifts to LSI through a will, living trust, and other estate planning vehicles, and we would welcome additional discussion about this with you. One of the easiest ways to make a gift is through a bequest (gift) in your will.

Below is an example of the bequest language you can use:

“I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise, and bequeath to Lutheran Services in Iowa [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.” 

Legal Name: Lutheran Services in Iowa Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Address: 106 16th Street SW P.O. Box 848, Waverly, IA 50677
Federal Tax ID #: 42-1254906

Planned gifts to LSI, such as bequests, are permanently endowed in the LSI Charitable Foundation, unless otherwise designated by the donor. These gifts provide perpetual and increasing support for the ministry of LSI far into the future.

LSI also partners with qualified community foundations across Iowa to provide donors with the option of making endowment gifts that qualify for Endow Iowa tax credits. To learn more about Endow Iowa, please visit the Iowa Community Foundations website or contact Sarah Green as listed below.

To learn more about including a gift to LSI in your will or other estate plan, contact:

Sarah Green, Vice President of Philanthropy and Church Relations



We’re proud to make a difference in the lives of Iowa children, families, and communities across the state. And even more change is possible when other community leaders and organizations partner with us to lift up our neighbors.

With your partnership, we can build strong, healthy communities where life-changing stories happen every day.

“LSI is all about working with families in need to help them build a brighter future. We have similar goals in mind, and feel strongly about helping LSI do that important work.”– Troy Johnson, Senior Regional Vice President, Mutual of America 

“The work of LSI is critical and we are proud to give to LSI.” – Pat Callanan, President, Hawkeye Communications/Fandel Alarms

“We have personally witnessed the dedication of LSI staff making a difference in children’s lives. We are proud to support LSI and hope you will, also.” – Elmon Tatroe, President, Tatroe Electric

Many employers will match your charitable donations, or reward your volunteerism with monetary donations to your favorite charity. You should inquire to see if you work for a company that believes in giving back like this. LSI is also a proud partner with United Way organizations across Iowa and the U.S., so we encourage you to contribute to United Way if your employer participates in their annual campaigns.

LSI staff are also a great resource for making presentations and providing education to employee groups over lunch-and-learns and other forums to help engage your employees in the community and the work of LSI.

To learn more about how your business can partner with LSI, contact:

John Claes, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations

Church Relations

For more than 150 years, LSI has partnered with churches and faith communities to bring hope, healing, and wholeness to our neighbors across Iowa. Our collaboration with church and faith community partners supports our mission to respond to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. Together, as ministry partners, we can better serve our neighbors and communities. Please join LSI as a ministry partner today!

We would love to share our mission with your congregation! An LSI speaker can join your church or faith community during worship, adult education classes, or a special presentation.

Schedule a visit by calling 866.584.5293 or emailing

Your prayers are one of the simplest and most important ways to support LSI. Lift up the needs of the most vulnerable Iowans and the mission of LSI by praying for strength, hope, and healing for the thousands of Iowans we empower. We can provide specific prayer needs and concerns, so please let us know how we can help you lift up LSI and those we serve in prayer.

LSI’s First Circle Friends program partners with Iowa churches to provide group respite care for people with early to mid-stage memory loss and their families.

“First Circle Friends has provided our community with a much-needed service. Our volunteers not only have discovered an important and rewarding avenue of service, but gained new friends themselves.” – Pastor Paul Holmer, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa

“First Circle Friends is heaven-sent. Without it, I couldn’t do what I need to do.” – Laura, a caregiver and wife


For any questions on how your church or faith community can partner with LSI, contact:

Deb Whitford, Director of Philanthropy and Church Relations



LSI is an affiliated social ministry partner of the Iowa congregations of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and a member of LSA (Lutheran Services in America). We proudly serve people of all ages, abilities, religions, sexes, gender identities, national origins, ethnicities, races and sexual orientations.

408206hours empowering people with disabilities in 2019
11564home visits for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in 2019
11854therapy sessions for children, families, and adults in 2019
10708hours helping children and families build skills for anger management in 2019

“I support LSI to help the vulnerable in our society through a Christ-centered organization.”

Ann, an LSI donor

“We encouraged our wedding guests to donate to LSI on our behalf instead of buying a gift. It felt like a way to leave behind a tangible improvement in areas the two of us care about.”

Greg and Corinne, LSI donors

“I support LSI because not everyone dreams of being a millionaire. Having a safe, stable family is some people’s biggest dream.”

Roger, an LSI donor

Read stories of those lifted up by your generosity in our quarterly newsletter and our annual Impact Report!

Tax Information

Legal name: Lutheran Services in Iowa, Inc.

Federal tax ID number: 42-0698267

Located in: 3125 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

LSI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Questions about donating or LSI in general? Contact our Philanthropy and Church Relations team at or by phone at 866.584.5293. We’d love to talk with you about ways to support LSI or answer any questions you may have!

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