Strategic Priorities


Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis sees the Church brought into the lives of hurting people and people included in the healing life of the Church.


To the honor of Christ Jesus, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis seeks the improved care of people in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region.

Strategic Goal

In order to engage the Church in and measurably improve the lives of hurting people, Lutheran Foundation provides financial and non-financial support to strengthen the capacities of organizations and to support quality, impactful programs.

Core Values

Christian Faith
Lutheran Foundation supports services provided by Christian congregations and organizations that provide people an opportunity to identify, acknowledge and discuss their faith in Jesus.

Holistic Health
Lutheran Foundation supports efforts that improve the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual health and well-being of the people served and those providing service.

Lutheran Foundation believes relationships are the primary vehicle for transformation and enters into its work with the intent to make connections with the organizations it funds that continue beyond a grant.


Lutheran Foundation convenes multiple stakeholders working within specific Focus Areas to increase impact across organizations.

Lutheran Foundation supports efforts that have clearly defined objectives and measurable outcomes that address clearly demonstrated community needs. Lutheran Foundation favors efforts that are based in authentic community experience and integrate continuous reflection and learning to identify opportunities to innovate and improve.

Lutheran Foundation supports efforts that maximize human and financial resources in the communities served.

Focus Areas

Building on our rich heritage of partnering with Christian churches and organizations, the Board of Directors has implemented a strategic funding plan to guide our efforts over five years (2020 – 2024). The plan focuses our philanthropy in six areas that address clearly demonstrated, measurable community needs and allow us to better understand and determine our community impact.

Successful grant applicants will need to demonstrate how their request addresses one or more of these funding focus areas, as well as shows measurable impact on the lives of hurting people. Please click on a focus area listed above to learn more about the respective goals, funding interests, outcomes, and requirements.