When you give to LSSSC, you help us Embrace those in crisis with short-term, emergency services; Equip individuals and families, with program resources to help them on their journey; and Empower people to break the cycle of poverty, live with dignity and become self-sufficient. For more information on any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Debi Groon at dgroon@lsssc.org or (714)244-4261

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Thrivent Choice

Thrivent Choice is an opportunity for Thrivent Financial members to allocate their portion of “fraternal dollars” to the charity of their choice. LSS would be honored to be the recipient of such funds! This program does not cost a Thrivent member anything. The gift comes from Thrivent to the charity in the member’s name. You can sign up with Thrivent Choice in two ways:

 
By Phone 800-847-4836
  • When prompted say, Thrivent Choice
  • Say or enter your Social Security #
  • Press 1 to help direct your Thrivent Choice dollars
  • Press 2 to hear more details about Thrivent Choice
  • Then a representative will come on and help direct your Choice dollars
  • Click “log in” at the top right – enter your Thrivent user ID and password
  • If you aren’t registered – click on “Register Now”
  • Look for your designated Choice Dollars amount on the right of the screen
  • Click on “Choice Dollars”
  • Search the catalog of organizations to find either LSS-SC (Southern California) OR one of our Southern California Area Offices – like LSS-Van Nuys or LSS-San Diego County, etc.
  • Click on “Direct Choice Dollars Now”

Thrivent Action Teams

Make a difference in your community, with your community

Supporting your community is easy with Thrivent Action Teams. Apply to lead a group in a fundraiser, educational event or service activity. Then, gather a team of volunteers to make an impact together. Thrivent provides a customized kit of resources to get you started. Your team provides the passion to bring it to life.

To learn more click here.

Stocks or Shares

You can receive distinct tax advantage for donating stocks and other appreciated securities at the time of contribution. To donate Stocks or Shares or any other fixed assets, such as artwork, real property, collections and antiquities please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714) 263-1426. You can also contact Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation to discuss you needs in detail by clicking here.

Planned Giving

Thank you for considering LSSSC in your estate and legacy giving. With your thoughtful planning, people now and in the future can rely on finding a safe place to regain stability in their lives. For more information about planned giving, please ask your estate planner or attorney to contact us. Or if you’d like, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714)263-1426. You can also contact Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation to discuss you needs in detail by clicking here.

IRA Distributions

If you are 70½ or older, you are able to make tax-smart gifts to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California through your IRA. By authorizing a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA, you can donate up to $100,000 each calendar year to eligible charities like LSSSC.  

Contact your IRA administrator/custodian for instructions on how to authorize a Qualified Charitable Distribution to LSSSC. Or if you’d like, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714)263-1426. You can also contact Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation to discuss you needs in detail by clicking here.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) are charitable investment accounts that help you manage donations to the organizations that mean the most to you — like Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. They are, in essence, personal savings accounts that you set up with a nonprofit organization (i.e. sponsoring organization), or a brokerage firm or bank that has an existing Donor-Advised Fund, to manage your charitable giving.

When you contribute cash, securities, or other assets to DAFs, you qualify for a federal income tax deduction, and the money grows tax free as you as consider the timing and impact of grants you request from the fund to support charitable organization(s) of your choice. 

For more information, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714)263-1426. You can also contact Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation to discuss you needs in detail by clicking here.

Memorials and Tributes

Create a living memorial or tribute in the name of a beloved family member or friend. When you set up a memorial or tribute gift, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California will recognize both the donor and notify the honoree or their family of your contributions. If you have any questions, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714) 263-1426. You can also contact Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation to discuss you needs in detail by clicking here.

Gifts in Kind

In our various programs throughout Southern California we will take new product of many varieties such as non-perishable food, health & hygiene items, computers, etc. If you have something to donate and need clarification on whether we can use and accept it, please contact Deborah Groon in our Development Department – DGroon@LSSSC.org or (714) 685-1800.

Check

Make check payable to – Lutheran Social Services Southern California
Mail to – LSS-SC
247 East Amerige Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

ACH or Bank Wire

Donors may wish to make a gift to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California via electronic transfer. To receive information on how to make a your gift via electronic transfer, including bank and routing details, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer – Darren Veracruz at darren.veracruz@lsssc.org or (714)263-1426.

Vehicle Donation

Vehicle Donations

Donating a vehicle is a great way to support Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

Cars aren’t the only vehicle that you can donate. Motorcycles, boats, RVs, even quads can help Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. We make donating easy.

  • Call 844-530-GIVE or complete form below
  • Schedule convenient pick-up
  • Receive tax deduction

We’re here 7 days a week.

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. In your case, we hope you will select Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. Click here for more information and to start shopping with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California in mind.

We have also curated Amazon Wish Lists – complete with items you can order that will ship directly to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California.  Click here to see our Wish Lists.

 
 

Matching Gifts

Don’t leave money on the table — double your gift to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. You may qualify to have your contribution matched if you are an employee, retiree or board member of a company that has a matching gift program.

Did you know many companies offer “Dollars for Doers” or matching time programs? This is where your generous time is matched by a grant from your organization, so you’ll be doing double the good!

Simply request paperwork from your employer or contact your human resources department to find out about opportunities available to you and your colleagues. Our tax-ID number is 95-2225798.

Family Foundations

Please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Darren Veracruz at (714) 263-1426 or darren.veracruz@lsssc.org if you have any questions or require additional information about making a gift through a family foundation.

Personal Property of Real Estate

If you would like to donate personal property to LSSSC, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Darren Veracruz at (714) 263-1426 or darren.veracruz@lsssc.org. Some gifts require appraisal or advance approval in order to be accepted. Examples of gifts of property include tickets to athletic events, rare books, art work, computer hardware and software, and laboratory equipment.

A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation residence, a farm, a commercial building, a subdivision lot, or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property. All gifts of real estate require approval by LSSSC’s Gift Acceptance Committee. We would be happy to walk you through the approval process.

Donate Your Day

Are you celebrating an upcoming birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special occasion? You can donate your day to Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, and make a customized webpage to share with friends and family through GoFundMe or Facebook Fundraisers (select nonprofit LSSSouthernCalifornia).

Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
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We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!

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