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Lutheran Services in America Joins Grantmakers in Aging

Washington, DC, May 18, 2016 --( Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) has joined Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) as an associate member, aligning two national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in the U.S.

“Lutherans are the largest faith-based group serving seniors today and we are honored to have been invited to join Grantmakers In Aging,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of LSA. “Two-thirds of our members are actively involved in providing services to seniors, and the opportunity to work with GIA will help us expand our crucial work.”

Grantmakers In Aging is the only international professional organization of grantmakers active in the field. The group is dedicated to promoting and strengthening grantmaking for an aging society by providing members with a personal connection to key people, high-quality resources, and state-of-the art ideas about aging and all issues related to aging. Members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is a society that is better for people of all ages.

“LSA’s expansive network and committed membership are making a huge impact for seniors today,” said John Feather, Ph.D., CEO of GIA. “Working together, our organizations have the opportunity to touch and enrich even more lives.”

LSA will also participate on the advisory committee for GIA’s rural aging network project. Rural areas are home to a higher proportion of older residents than suburban and urban areas, and through this three-year project, Grantmakers In Aging members will connect and support key groups working to provide services in these areas.

Today, the LSA network reaches 1 in 50 people in the United States each year, and our Lutheran social ministry members help seniors live a higher quality, more abundant life through services such as home and community-based care; residential and healthcare services; chaplaincy services; and financial support.

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

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) is an inclusive and responsive membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging. GIA members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is better for people of all ages. For more information, please visit
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