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Responding to the Loss of the Charitable Deduction

Will the loss of the charitable deduction ruin the fabric of the nonprofit sector and cause the end of the world? Only if getting something out of the act of giving is more important than the positive change that happens through the church and its related nonprofits.

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How will the LCMS adapt when checkbooks rest in museums?

Are we asking – even expecting – an increasing number of people to use the financial equivalent of a rotary-dial phone in an era of smartphones and chip-enabled debit cards?

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A Fundraiser’s Code of Ethical Principles and Practices

Those of us serving the Synod’s corporate headquarters, especially those within Mission Advancement, are bound by God’s Word — in passages like Phil. 4:8 — and by this code as we work alongside anyone who has or is considering making a charitable investment in our Synod’s work.

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As a Steward, You Have Rights

Donors are “stewards” of God’s material blessings and a vital partner in the ministry responsibilities handed to us by the Synod at-large. You have rights as a donor, and I’d like to share a few things the LCMS is morally and ethically obligated to do for you.

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Caring for our workers, including international workers, is a core value

The care of our workers, including international workers who are so very far from our sight, is a Synod core value. Follow along as one group of workers gathers for some much-needed care.

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