Lutheran World Relief

Rating: 4.96 stars   47 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 700 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230 USA

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 2012, Lutheran World Relief reached 7,827,163 people in 189 projects across 35 countries.
Target demographics: improve people's lives
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,827,163 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-2574963
800.597.5972
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My familiarity with Lutheran World Relief comes from their recent work in alleviating poverty outside the United States. It had become a default charity, and similar to domestic charities that I've worked with, one slowly becomes familiar with the nature of a chatities work through assimilation. However, an organization working outside the United States has so much more potential to have a profound impact through their work. As my former Pastor would always say in a sermon following a visit to his son who works for another world relief agancy, "we never know how much we are truly blessed".

This past summer, LWR staff was in Pittsburgh for an event, and they sought out my congregation to speak on a Sunday during services. The apparent selection process was the church's support of sending quilts to those in need outside the Unitied States. Their presentation of their mission was enthusiastic and well received. However, it was their willingnees to stay and discuss thei organization following the service that was impressive, as they had a five hour drive back to Baltimore ahead of them.

What most impressed me was the historical nature of LWR's work, which came to light in conversation with LWR staff with our current Pastor. LWR had helped his parent-in-law immigrate to the U.S. from Germany in 1946. The immigration process was described step-by-step, with LWR providing support services all along the way.

Becasue of their visit, I'm currently supporting LWR's misson with sales of fair trade chocolate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publicize their mission more and provide more information on their impacts in the countries where LWR is doing work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

LWR "walks the talk" of accompaniment, working *with* global neighbors and partners to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was privileged to be on a mountaintop in Peru and witness the results of this work firsthand (http://bit.ly/PeruLWT).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the mission to include across the U.S. as well as around the world.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

LWR powerfully mobilizes the power of faith-based, community, government and NGO networks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

LWR is known as one of the more effective disaster relief agencies. They have several core strengths: - professional staff and mission-focus - long-standing relationships in deployed communities and with other agencies - partnership with local churches and civic structures - commitment to work after the initial response In areas where they are not the "boots on the ground," they do a good job geting money and resources to effective local partners.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely professional, well-organized, non-nonsense, and mission-focused. Their care is best expressed in they way they often seek to "unmet needs" - cracks between other relief efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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