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Field of Interest grants

Ministries and related organizations

Through our Field of Interest grants, donors make gifts to pool with other generous donors to achieve a greater impact on an issue or field of interest, without naming a specific organization. Below are stories of organizations where our generous donors made an impact in the areas of various churches and ministries. 

ELCA & related organizations
To celebrate the landmark decision made 10 years ago to allow publicly out, partneredChurch LGBTQIA+ leaders to serve the church, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and ReconcilingWorks hosted an event at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly to explore and learn about the past 50 years of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) history in the life of the Lutheran church and the ELCA. The interactive space provided participants with a fuller image of the Body of Christ through the gifts and visions of LGBTQIA+ people. A 2019 grant of $10,000 from our ELCA & Related Organizations Fund and generous gifts from our donors helped make this possible.

LCMS & related organizations
UpBring and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response are continuing Project RENEW, to support residents of the Trinity Gardens neighborhood in Houston, an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. This project started in 2018 as a collaborative effort of the LCMS, National Housing Corporation, Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, Living Water Community Church, and Rebuilding Together Houston. Project RENEW provides a strategic response through rehab and repair services, community outreach, and case management.

The 2019 grant supports a case manager and provides supervision and support of the position to provide disaster case management services for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Trinity Houston Gardens community. The 2018 grant has successfully worked with 15 families over the course of the last year to assist with obtaining and coordinating services for repair and future grants will support remaining unmet needs. A 2019 grant of $43,000 from the LCMS & Related Organizations Fund and generous gifts from our donors helped make this possible.

WELS & related organizations
We are working with organizations and individuals to build up an endowed fund to support the urgent and unmet needs of WELS and its ministries. Learn how you can join our community of donors contributing to the future of Interfaith and Ecumenical ministries by contacting us.

Ecumenical & interfaith organizations
Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul launched Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) in 2017, to offer systemic solutions to reduce poverty and create economic opportunities by partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations with proven track records of effectively addressing economic barriers.

They serve over 3,000 low-income community members annually through direct services, including:

  • Food shelf, clothing, and school supplies.
  • Emergency shelter for homeless families with children.
  • Academic and cultural enrichment for American Indian youth.
  • Referrals for emergencies, transportation, and basic needs.
  • Healthy eating and diabetes education.

A 2019 grant of $5,000 from the Ecumenical & Interfaith Organizations Fund and generous gifts from our donors helped make this possible. We continue to work with organizations and individuals to build up an endowed fund to support the urgent and unmet needs of ecumenical & interfaith organizations. Learn how you can join our community of donors contributing to future the future of Interfaith and Ecumenical ministries by contacting us.