Foreign-Born Populations

Funding Goal

To assist foreign-born individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency, financial stability, and economic mobility, thereby enabling them to succeed and contribute to the community.


Lutheran Foundation seeks to support congregations and organizations that are committed to improving the social and economic well-being of foreign-born individuals and families in the St. Louis area. We seek to invest in services that allow foreign-born populations to experience increased connectedness through community engagement and civic participation as well as improve their mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Attracting foreign-born populations and providing the services necessary to facilitate successful transition and integration are important to the health and growth of the region. Services that address basic needs, support practical living skills, and provide access to community-based health and human services help foreign-born populations with meeting the everyday challenges of living in a new culture and allow them to make a valuable contribution to the community.

Local congregations and faith-based agencies have historically played a critical role in welcoming and serving foreign-born individuals and their families. Leviticus 19:43 calls us to treat the foreign-born among us as we would treat the native-born.  Area organizations have a history of demonstrating the servant heart of Christ through acts of service to those new to St. Louis. Lutheran Foundation looks forward to investing in this work as we strive to improve the care of foreign-born populations and their families residing in the St. Louis metropolitan region.


Outcomes describe, in broad terms, the measurable change within each Funding Focus Area that Lutheran Foundation would like to see in the lives of those served by grantees. Outcomes allow the Foundation to aggregate indicators across multiple grantees to determine our community impact.

Organizations seeking funding from the Foundation must demonstrate how their program will address one or more of the following outcomes:


Foreign-born individuals will maintain or experience improved mental, physical, and/or spiritual health.


Foreign-born individuals will improve their social and economic well-being.


Foreign-born individuals will experience increased connectedness through community engagement and civic participation.

While modeling the healing love of Christ, Lutheran Foundation strives to invest in services that show measurable impact in the lives of hurting people. We look to accomplish this by supporting services that are:

  • Comprehensive and collaborative in addressing the complicated and complex needs of the targeted population;
  • Responsive to cultural and gender differences;
  • Family-centered or focused; and
  • Evidence-based/informed and/or utilize best or promising practices.