Christian Volunteerism

Funding Strategy


Funding Goal

To strengthen Christian volunteerism by increasing the capacity of and supporting congregations and faith-based organizations in equipping people for effective service, thereby positively impacting the lives of hurting people.


Target Population

Our grant support will focus on Christian congregations, social service outreach ministries, and faith-based organizations.

 

Beyond Funding
Lutheran Foundation is interested in seeing our grantees’ efforts thrive.  Thus, in addition to providing funding, the Foundation is continuing its relationship with Send Me St. Louis and The Missouri District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to offer capacity building support to area congregations and faith-based organizations through trainings and one-on-one consultation.  These organizations work closely with Lutheran Foundation to provide services that:  

  • Equip congregations and faith-based organizations with tools and knowledge;
  • Inspire congregations and faith-based organizations with faith tools, resources, and stories; and
  • Help congregations and faith-based organizations participate in meaningful acts of service.

 

Click here to learn more about this exciting collaborative and how your church/organization can access these valuable services.



Impact Areas

Impact Areas provide a focus for services and guide the outcomes in which the Foundation would like to see measurable change.  Organizations seeking funding from the Foundation must demonstrate how their request will address one or more of the following Impact Areas:

  • Impact Area #1: Congregations, faith-based organizations, and social service outreach ministries have in place a quality volunteer management system.
  • Impact Area #2: Congregations, faith-based organizations, and social service outreach ministries intentionally connect volunteer service with Biblical teaching.
  • Impact Area #3: Congregations, faith-based organizations and social service outreach ministries are better able to meet their mission through the involvement of volunteers.



Grantee Outcomes

In our new strategic funding plan, Lutheran Foundation revised how we look at and track grantee outcomes. Moving forward, grant applicants must provide 3-5 outcome statements that address one or more of Lutheran Foundation’s Impact Areas (see above).

Lutheran Foundation has provided list of suggested outcome statements for each Impact Area. Each outcome statement is grounded in research best practices. Applicants can identify their own outcome statements; however, they are encouraged to model their outcomes from the given list.

While the Foundation does not typically give “multi-year grants”, we are open to providing grant support for a particular project annually, but typically for no more than two years in this funding focus area.

Organizations that wish to apply funding should note that outcomes for projects must be tracked in the following way:

  • For the first year of funding, the grant applicant must provide 3-5 short-term outcomes.
  • If the organization applies for a second year of funding for the same project, the grant applicant must provide 3-5 intermediate outcomes (length of tracking to be determined by the applicant). Organizations must also continue to track short-term outcomes.

 

Lutheran Foundation encourages organizations to review our list of suggested outcomes which align with our selected Impact Areas. Again, applicants can identify their own outcome statements; however, they are encouraged to model their outcomes from the given list. 

Click here to learn more about suggested outcomes for this funding focus area.

Potential Funding Interests

Lutheran Foundation will consider expenses related to implementing a new quality volunteer management program or improving an existing volunteer management program. While the Foundation will consider requests to fund a Volunteer Coordinator position, the Foundation is more interested in funding new rather than existing positions.

In general, the Foundation will not fund all costs associated with the volunteer management program.