Lutheran Social Services Foundation

The Lutheran Social Services Foundation of Southern California was incorporated as a California 509 (a) 3 Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation and received its IRS determination on December 13, 1989.

The purpose of the Foundation is:

  • To educate the general public (about LSS services)
  • To develop & solicit ongoing financial support for LSS
  • To receive (manage & invest) planned gifts or other assets (for LSS)

The Foundation’s vision is to provide sufficient uninterrupted human and financial resources to enable LSS-SC to successfully perform it’s day-to-day operations, support new ministry efforts and address future community needs and foster quality relationships.

Partners Stakeholders
Ability First
Alzheimer’s Association Southland Chapter
America’s Christian Credit Union
Amgen Foundation
Bank of America
Camarillo, City
Cambodian Association of America
Caring Housing Ministries
ChildNet Youth and Family Services
City Conversations
City of San Diego
Community Conscience
Community Foundation of San Bernardino & Riverside
Conejo Valley Interfaith Association
Corporation for National and Community Service
Crop Walk
Day One
Deutsch, Carl and Roberta Foundation
Disabled Resources Center, Long Beach
Dept. of Water & Power
East LA Regional Center
ELCA Churches
Elder Help
Gumbiner, Josephine S. Foundation
Jackie Robinson Center
Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Kiwanis Club
Lanterman Regional Center
LCMC Churches
LCMS Churches
Livingston Foundation
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
Luther View (Senior Housing)
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
Lutheran Planned Giving Partnership
Lutheran Services of America
Meadowlark Service League
Moreno Valley, City
No Room At The Inn
Olive Garden
Parsons, Ralph M. Foundation
Pasadena Affordable Housing
Riverside, City
Riverside, County: DPSS – Homeless Unit, Economic Development Dept.
Robinson Park
Rotary Club
San Bernardino, County
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
San Diego Senior Alliance
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Santa Clarita, City
Santee, City
Simi Valley, City
Solheim Homes
Soroptomist Club
Southwest Association of Lutheran Development Executives
St. Mary’s Dignity Health
Stater Brother’s Orange County
Thousand Oaks Women’s Club
Thousand Oaks, City
Thrivent Financial
Trader Joe’s
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Dept. of Education TRiO Programs
U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Union Bank
Union Pacific Foundation
United Way
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
Victory Park
Villa Esperanza
Villa Parke Community Center
Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo Bank
Westlake Junior Women’s Club
Westlake Village, City
Wood-Claeyssen’s Foundation
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.
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
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!