Lutheran Services in America Named Number 25 on Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Philanthropy 400”

Washington, DC, October 26, 2013 --( Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has placed at number 25 on the 2013 “Philanthropy 400” list compiled annually by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for nonprofit news and issues. This is the second time that LSA has ranked number 25 on the list of top charities in the nation. The top 25 ranking puts LSA in the company of other charitable organizations like Catholic Charities USA, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity International and American Red Cross.

The list ranks charities by their donations from private sources, including individuals, foundations and corporations. Government support, such as Medicare and Medicaid, is not used to rank the charities listed. 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. LSA conducted a survey of its members’ publicly available 990 forms and compiled the data for The Chronicle.

LSA’s survey found that together, LSA organizations had combined revenues of nearly $21 billion, up from $18.3 billion the last time the survey was conducted. The $21B figure includes private support of over $537 million.

LSA is one of the largest health and human service networks in the country, representing more than 300 members. LSA members are Lutheran social ministry organizations located throughout the U.S. that provide a broad spectrum of services, ranging from adoption services to senior care. LSA members touch the lives of more than 6 million Americans – 1 in 50 people – each year, and also employ nearly 250,000 people. As a strong network, LSA trains leaders, provides a forum for peer-to-peer learning, develops funding opportunities, incubates innovation, helps replicate best practices and acts as the powerful voice for Lutheran social ministry in national policy and advocacy issues.

“These numbers illustrate the remarkable and broad impact that Lutheran social ministry has across the country,” said LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker. “Despite a still tough economic environment, the numbers show a 4% increase in total private support, which is a testament to the strong and impactful work our members are doing in their communities. It also speaks to our members’ ability to innovate, transform and thrive in periods of great change – and their passion to fulfill their mission of serving even more people.”

The mission of LSA is to champion Lutheran social ministry by building valuable connections, amplifying our voices and empowering members in their mission to answer the call to love and serve our neighbors. Connect with LSA online at, Twitter (@LutheranSvcs) and Facebook (

About Lutheran Services in America: Based in Washington, D.C., Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is a nationwide network of more than 300 Lutheran health and human services organizations. Together LSA members touch the lives of one in 50 Americans each year and have aggregate revenue of nearly $21 billion. LSA members serve a broad range of people – children, youth and families, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, the homeless and those recovering from disasters – and provide a spectrum of services. LSA is ranked number 25 in the Philanthropy 400, a list of the largest nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit
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Tania Hernandez-Andersen