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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this charity for years. They care about places where people suffer but may not dominate the news. They have very low administrative overhead, and are never intrusive in seeking donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to LWR through the years. Anytime, I have had questions, they have assisted me and answered those questions quickly and to my complete satisfaction. They are an example of 'God's work, our hands'.

4 pathdoc

Donor

Rating: 5

I have given to LWR for some years, admiring the stewardship and selection of services they support. Lutheran World Relief adheres to the mission of service and caring.

4 Erika24

Donor

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief has a long history of working to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the world: refugees, victims of disaster, people recovering from devastation of all kinds, as well as committing to help people move from extreme poverty to stability and hope for a better future. I appreciate that they do not impose ideas on poor people, but help them to achieve their communities' goals, whether it be through education, health care, agricultural improvements, improving employment possibilities or simply moving from survival to thriving. It is a great organization all around.

4 Lori120

Donor

Rating: 5

Throughout my life I have contributed to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) both financially and materially by gathering health care supplies, baby clothes, and making quilts. They are excellent educators, passionate servants, and fantastic stewards of all the gifts entrusted to them. They are one of the first aid organizations to enter in time of need and one of the last to leave. I couldn't be more impressed with of their work on my behalf.

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Donor

Rating: 5

LWR shares care, compassion and respect with the poorest of the poor around the world. Using resources carefully to educate and support. I know the donations are used for the communities and not in growing a large administration of the agency.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief is the disaster response organization that really makes the most of your donation. Because Lutheran World Relief has existing local and regional partner and government connects, ait can move faster and more efficiently to wherever needed in 50+ nations all over the world. Lutheran World Relief has many projects to address needs of the poor. My personal favorite is the quilt, school kit and health kit collection in the U.S. for distrubtion aboard. I love that a quilt I made with my hands ends up in the hands of someone who needs it half a world away. Lutheran World Relief quilts and kits say "Someone, across the seas, cares about you" in every language on earth! Visit the Lutheran World Relief website at: lwr.org Find a outreach that moves you to reach out to those in need Believe me, it feels good!