Lutheran Social Services Names Lori Butler, CFRE as New Chief Development and Marketing Officer

Orange, Calif. (January 9, 2023) – Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) – a leading provider of social services programs in Southern California – selected Lori J. Butler, CFRE as its Chief Development and Marketing Officer. Butler will oversee the nonprofit’s fundraising, marketing and donor development including a 38 million-dollar capital and building campaign for a Community Wellness Center in the City of San Bernardino

Licensed in six counties, Lutheran Social Services provides local programs and case management, a food pantry, housing counseling, peer training programs and assistance to victims of domestic or other forms of violence.

“I first learned of LSSSC from the incredible mental health services they provide in the remote areas of the San Bernardino Mountains. I met families who literally had loved ones’ lives saved by their program. To be able to share real-world help with others and openly do so while sharing the love of Christ is truly the pinnacle of my 30-year career in nonprofit leadership,” said Butler.

Butler is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 27 years of experience working with donors and supporters. She has successfully led development and marketing teams managing all aspects of philanthropy including events, grant writing, direct mail campaigns, major gifts, and capital campaigns.

Butler previously served at The ALS Association in Orange and San Diego Counties, The National Alliance on Mental Health, Feeding America Inland Empire and most recently spearheaded fundraising for a women’s recovery foundation in Orange County during the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information about Lutheran Social Services Southern California visit, or call (714) 685-1800 ext. 1213.

About Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

For 76 years, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC) has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable families and individuals in Southern California. LSSSC is a social ministry organization with the Lutheran Services of America, one of the largest health and human service networks in America. Partners and funders include the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, and US Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services. The history of LSSSC dates back to 1944 when a handful of congregants from Lutheran churches in San Diego began providing services and resources to veterans returning home. This group joined with like-minded congregants in Los Angeles and formed Lutheran Social Services in 1946. Today, LSSSC employs almost 200 caring and dedicated staff that deliver more than 30 programs across six counties. Ignited by faith, we live out God’s love by embracing, equipping and empowering vulnerable people in Southern California.


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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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