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Lutheran World Relief

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of our outreach committee at my church, I've been able to track firsthand the work done by Lutheran World Relief. It's a great opportunity for our congregation to be able to help others in many areas of need knowing the money spent goes right to the needs with very little used for administration.
Marla Banks, Christ Lutheran Church. Sedona Az.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Worldwide reach with nearly every penny donated going directly to the cause!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief is one of a very few charities I donate to and the reason is simple. More than ninety cents on the dollar is used directly for the outreach I select. There are so many choices of where and how your donation is used that I can't imagine any person not finding a place to donate that touches their heart.

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Donor

Rating: 4

LWR does wonderful work in hard to serve areas all over the world. I can trust that my donation is being used wisely and for the best good.

2 Judith34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knowing that LWR is worldwide is important. Always prepared to go to where the emergency is and willing to help. Spreading the love of Jesus to people in need with hands-on help and supplies. Proud to be a part of LWR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LWR has one the lowest admin and fundraising costs. Donations enhance the lives of people around the world through clean water, educating farmers to produce greater yields, providing micro-loans for entrepreneurs, and coordinating with other NGOs during disasters. It is generally known that LWR is one of first to arrive and the last organization to leave an area. I have been involved in several outreach projects: chocolate, fair trade coffee/tea, mission quilts and preparing all of the various kits through the Lutheran churches I have attended over the years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our congregation, St. Matthew Lutheran in Lancaster, PA, has partnered with Lutheran World Relief in their quilt and kit ministry for the past several years. Part of our worshiping community is made up of refugees from Nepal who remember receiving quilts while living in refugee camps. They love that they can be a part of this ministry to give back, knowing what it was like to be on the receiving end. Being a part of LWR's ministries has allowed us to grow closer as a worshiping community, is forming us to live more generous lives, and continues to educate us on the ongoing and challenging situations in which our brothers and sisters around the globe find themselves. LWR is mindful at keeping us connected and updated with current issues of need and lets us know where our quilts and kits are sent. It is a fantastic nonprofit that is always present where needed around the globe and great at organizing local communities to respond to those needs.

2 Cathy I.

Donor

Rating: 5

Touching the whole world in sooo many ways every single day, one day at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief does so amazing things. Together we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. We can reach out to all in need. LWR is well organized and uses all it's resources wisely. I am proud to be a Lutheran and proud of Lutheran World Relief.

Rebecca Thomas

2 Jennifer398

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! They address the global issues of poverty, natural disaster emergency operations, provide solutions for sustainable development, secure funding for the world's neediest. They have a beautiful heart and a strong mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend of mine works in this organization. It is flattering to know that since they were founded they are still keeping up their good work in international development and disaster relief. I particularly like their initiative in climate disasters missions. Keep up the great work

2 Johnnie2

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organization engages volunteers in the advancement of the mission of the organization, as well as the the opportunity to bring hope to communities in desperate need.

2 Virginia14

Donor

Rating: 5

I know that when I contribute to Lutheran World Relief my contributions will be used effectively and efficiently. LWR allows me to work around the world, even though I cannot physically be there. Keep it up LWR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently am the leader of our LWR quilting group at my church. We make quilts for people who have nothing! This charity is by far one of the best organizations I love to contribute to for their many missions. 30 hour famine is one we do each year at our church. We give monetary support to a participant who is going hungry for 30 hours to earn funds to feed children who are dying every minute in third world countries.

Each year at Christmas my family purchases one goat and 2 chickens to help families become self supporting. They can eat the eggs, get milk from the goats and breed the goats for more babies and sell them at the market and also for food. It is a wonderful feeling knowing we are helping them when we have so much here in the USA.

2 Stephany K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a contributor through my church to Lutheran World Relief. LWR works in so many countries to improve health care,and education, to provide clean drinking water, to educate farmers to use practices that are more environmentally sound and so much more. They do all of this on three continents, and they do it with minimal administrative costs. In my tiny congregation we make quilts every Tuesday. It's wonderful to be part of this.

2 Chas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Glenna L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A week ago our LWML helped load the LWR truck in Topeka, KS with over 13,000 lbs of quilts, soap, and various kits. None of us can personally go to help individuals in need, but through LWR we can make a difference in the life of someone. It's kind of like being the hand of Jesus. We also know that LWR takes great care to see that what is sent actually reaches the people who have the need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There really is no better non-profit out there. The do on pennies what other agencies claim to do with thousands. Our quilting circle at our Lutheran church have made over 16,000 quilts since 1979. We have not kept track of all the medical kits, school kits, etc., but they are many as well. LWR makes good use of their volunteers and resources. These quilts and kits bring much hope to the people who receive them. I am proud of this organization and wholeheartedly support their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My organization did a service project to make Quilts for Lutheran World Relief. We believe strongly in the mission of LWR and have ALWAYS had wonderful experiences with the staff. They are highly qualified, humble and fun people!

Donor

Rating: 4

I like the idea that we can donate actual items [like quilts, school supplies, and hygiene items, etc.] instead of only cash donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of spending time with several LWR staff members in a variety of settings as a volunteer, advisor and donor. The staff of LWR are both impressive and inspiring. The fact that such a high % of their income is spent directly on programs is amazing. I'm convinced that LWR lives its mission and is making a difference in our very complicated world. If you are already familiar with them, I encourage you to dig deeper and find additional ways to support their work. And if you are new to LWR, call, email or visit someone to learn more about how you might become involved.

1 Diane94

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Lutheran World Relief because I know more of the money will go to help the needy than if I had given it to most other NGOs. They do great work around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief has been given 4 stars (the highest rating) by Charity Navigator and 89% of its income is used for programs. They work in the areas of both immediate relief and long term development. There are many ways to be involved. Besides giving money we participate in kit and quilt construction. In addition we buy fair trade coffee, chocolate, and handcrafts, and our church uses eco-palms for Palm Sunday.

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Donor

Rating: 5

LWR perfectly blends my desire to help the world and its people with my faith. LWR has found a niche and exploits it (in a good way). For example, the quilts and kits (health/school) are something that American churches love to do! LWR has for decades paired the quilts and kits with providing sustaining help to people around the world and sharing a message of God's love and forgiveness. We have LWR as a beneficiary in our will.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I give to LWR because the money and materials goes to help people in need. It is an organization of great compassion which is highly effective and efficient and it isn't top heavy with staff, nor are the staff paid the embarrassingly high salaries of some of the nonprofits. LWR is a great organization to serve in crisis situations but more importantly they are there for the long term to overcome long term problems with long term solutions. I have contributed money, helped make quilts, and help gather kits for those in need.
Ralph D Stilwell

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know the money, quilts, and other things I send to LWR will be used well. Nothing is wasted. I've taken quilts up to their warehouse site in Mpls and was impressed by their set-up also. They do God's work in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family, beginning with my grandparents were regular donors to Lutheran World Relief. Over the years, we have sent cash gifts, but most recently, gifts from the LWR catalogue to remember special occasions inour lives. Many 50th anniversary recipients have had pigs, chicks or goats given in their honor. At christmas, we educate an AIDS orphan for each of our children and grandchildren. What a joy to give as Christ has given to us - reaching out, selflessly, and in true joy! God has blessed this organization with the ability to operate on bare bones so that 91 cents of each dollar is used for ministry! Have you written them into your charitable gifting plan? We have!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a donor and volunteer for Lutheran World Relief. They are an organization that truly embodies their core values in all aspects of the organization. I have seen first hand how the work that they do is life changing, and they work extremely hard to continually increase their effectiveness each and every day, week, month, and year.

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1 Cindee S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LWR is a godsend for many. Keep up the good work!

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1 Sue E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lutheran World Relief is a wonderful organization that really helps proclaim the Evangelical Lutheran Church's motto "God's work, our hands." They are among the first relief groups into troubled areas when disaster strikes and they stay long after the new media moves on to the next "big story." Their administrative costs are kept extremely low so that more funding can do into direct aid to the people who need it most. I can't travel to Haiti, for example, but I can collect items for health kits, school kits, sewing kits, etc. and donate money, knowing that it is going to a most worthy cause and will be put to good use, directing helping those who need it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have provided supplies for and helped assemble health kits and serve as co-advisor of our 3rd-6th grade church youth group that raises money for health kit supplies by recycling aluminum cans and printer cartridges and cell phones. They are enthusiastic kit assemblers, for they understand just how important basic items such as soap, a hand towel and wash cloth, a toothbrush and other kit items that we take for granted are to people who don't have them. A recent headline noted that a bar of soap could literally save a life during the cholera epidemic in the tent cities of Haiti. LWR provides not only health kits, but school kits, sewing kits, layettes, quilts and blankets, soap, malaria nets, and whatever is needed wherever it is needed. The organization consistently receives the highest rating from non-profit watchdog groups for having the most efficient delivery system while having the smallest administrative and fund raising budget. They also provide support for other non-profits by helping get people and supplies to where they are needed. Simply put, they are the best at what they do. They provide not only materials, but education and support for communities to provide a source of clean drinking water, improve farming practices, and teach health and hygiene. I cannot think of a more deserving organization than LWR to be the recipient of funds. They are simply the best at what they do, and their impact is global.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are a lot of faith-informed organizations out there that seem more committed to providing flashy relief and winning converts than actually investing themselves into the populations they serve. From what I've seen, Lutheran World Relief is dedicated to long-term development, not merely showing up to places that are in the news then abandoning them once the media attention has passed. The staff members I have met are people with real heart and concern; it's always great to know organizations like this exist. They also provide very meaningful and useful information on the work they're doing in the countries; their blog is a pleasure to read.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We donate to Lutheran World Relief both as individuals and through our congregation. They are professional, caring and effective. We can give with confidence, knowing that Lutheran World Relief is a good steward of our dollars.

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