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Causes: International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

Results: In 2014, Lutheran World Relief reached 4,763,599 people in 153 projects across 35 countries.

Target demographics: poverty, injustice and human suffering

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,763,599 people across 35 countries

Geographic areas served: countries around the world

Programs: responding to emergencies, and providing long-term solutions like training farmers in developing nations

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have given Family gifts from the LwR good deeds catalog and my family loved them!
And ive sewn Lutheran World RELIef Quilts for years. TEN to 15 women meet weekly and we send approximately 200 quilts annually. It's wonderful seeing videos of the distribution. And the fellowsjip among our quilters my is wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very organized and helpfull
They were willing to donate 25 k school kits to my organization and I was impressed. They put action in religion and that is a great thing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief is unrivaled in the effectiveness in disaster response. And that's just the start. Lutheran World Relief stay around, helping local people really get themselves back on their feet. Sustainable agriculture and fair trade initiatives provide long term benefits in poverty stricken places throughout the world. And all those the personal hygiene kits, school kits, quilts, baby kits, sewing kits, etc Lutheran World Relief distributes are donated in-kind donations , That means Lutheran World Relief can deliver the most .bang for buck' The networking and local connections built up over 5 decades of serving give Lutheran World Relief a huge edge when disaster does strike.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently sent sent a donation to LWR. While I contribute regularly to many charities (which I investigate on Charity Navigator) this was my first time with LWR. In addition to a written acknowledgement, I received a telephone call from a human being, a lovely woman who never once asked for more money. She was pleasant, brief, and to the point. That never happened to me before. I will continue to support other charities (primarily Lutheran), but as of now, LWR is moved to the top of my list. They do very good work with small resources, and most of their income goes right into service, not salaries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a church wide organization that has gone into many countries in need for what ever reason and helped in what way they could. It donates to countries freely because the people of the Lutheran have donated goods and money to promote a needy cause. We as, Lutheran's are very proud of the work that Lutheran World Relief does worldwide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church creates health care kits, school supply bags, baby care kits as well as quilts that are all sent to this distribution center. My husband and I also have volunteered to help pack these items for shipment where ever they are needed. We love volunteering there!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief is one of the most effective agencies for change around the world. The type of aid that they deliver is sustainable and long term, not just a temporary fix. When I give money to LWR, I know my dollars are making a difference to people who deserve a chance for a better life.

Donor

Rating: 5

LWR is one of the best aid organizations in the world. They reach a great number of people by using their resources wisely and efficiently. They look into what communities need by working with the inhabitants. They have been around for many years. They are there for disaster relief and rebuilding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that Lutheran World Relief does a lot of good in the world to help those who need it most. They work in conjunction with other relief agencies to do this and do not force Christianity on them. It's about helping "our neighbors" throughout the world. My husband and I have not gone beyond our trips to the S. St. Paul LWR whse., but I am encouraged to see the donations from various churches, individuals, that they handle there, prepariing them to go on to the next location. Also, we are able to track our donations.
Susan K. Olson
Ramsey, MN.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have volunteered at my church for many years, but when I began sewing for Lutheran World Relief, I found something I could do that gave me a great sense of purpose. When I see the results of their work it makes me so proud to be a tiny part of something so worthy.
They make sure that people in need get some of the basic needs for life.