Make a Contribution to LSSI Today!

Thank you for considering making a gift to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and becoming a partner in our work. Every day across the state of Illinois, LSSI helps provide children with loving homes, helps senior citizens live independently, connects families separated by incarceration, and helps people with addictions move toward recovery. These are just a few of the ways LSSI reaches out to people in need. We are faithful to our mission: Responding to the Gospel, LSSI brings healing, justice and wholeness to individuals and families.

LSSI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax-deductible according to the law.

Contribute Online

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By Mail
Make your check payable to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and send it to:

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Advancement Department
1001 East Touhy Avenue, Suite 50
Des Plaines, IL 60018

To accompany your gift by mail, please download and complete the Donor Giving Form to make designations to specific programs, or to request a memorial gift, an honorary or tribute gift or a celebration gift, such as a birthday, retirement, wedding or wedding anniversary. You can also make monthly or quarterly gifts to LSSI through electronic funds transfer. To do so, complete the Authorization Agreement for Direct Gift Payments form. E-mail Linda Wilberg or call her at 847/635-4638 for additional information.

Gifts of Securities
Many donors choose to make gifts of appreciated stock, bonds or mutual funds to qualified nonprofit organizations like LSSI. Such gifts may result in substantial tax benefits in the form of charitable deductions and avoidance of capital gains taxes. Your broker can assist you in making a gift of securities via a direct transfer to LSSI’s account. Stock certificates can also be donated.

Please e-mail or call her at 847/635-4671, or e-mail Peggie Imhauser or call her at 847/635-4678 with questions or for assistance in making gifts of securities via direct transfer or paper certificates.

Legacy Gifts
Also known as planned gifts, legacy gifts include those made through your will, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, gifts of life insurance, gifts from bank or investments accounts, and gifts of retirement plans. These gifts require thoughtful and deliberate planning. The Cornerstone Foundation was created to receive legacy gifts to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Funds held by the Foundation provide financial support for current LSSI programs and continued support for future years.

Foundation and Corporate Partners are vital to our mission, helping us bring healing justice and wholeness to children and adults across the state. For more information, please e-mail Cindy Tyler or call her at 847/635-4645.

Matching Gift Partners – Many corporations support their employees’ community involvement by matching their contributions. For additional information, please e-mail Linda Wilberg or call her at 847/635-4638.

Thrivent Financial Members
Learn how you can designate your Thrivent Choice dollars to LSSI. Find more information about Thrivent Choice at or by calling 800-THRIVENT.

Special Fundraising Events
Join us at any of our special fundraising events for fun and to connect with others who want to make a difference for people in need. Two of our favorite events presented by The Women’s Network of LSSI include the annual spring Forget-Me-Not Brunch and Fashion Show, and the fall Amicus Certus (True Friend) Celebration.

Gifts In-Kind
Many of the children, families and individuals we serve are in need of life’s basic necessities. Visit our Gifts In-Kind page to find out how you can help.