Working Together

Thanks for Helping Bridge the Gap

After four years of diligent fundraising, we are pleased to announce that LESA  has reached a $2 million challenge grant goal established by The Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis in 2012. The grant, which provides a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations, is restricted to the Operations and Programming Endowment. This endowment will help provide future funding to LESA whose mission is to provide  financial resources for children in need to obtain Lutheran Christian education, and advocate and support efforts to improve the sustainability and quality of Lutheran Christian schools in the metro St. Louis area.

“We feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to have achieved this funding goal,” said Sue Nahmensen. “Lutheran schools have been educating children in the St. Louis area since the mid-1800s. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of the St. Louis community, we can continue that mission well into the future.”

In addition, LESA has a $4.1 million Building Blocks Scholarship Endowment Fund, which offers need-based financial assistance to students of all faiths who attend LESA-member Lutheran Christian schools.

More than 9,000 children of all faiths attend Lutheran elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region.

Founded in 2004, LESA provides educational support services to 35 member schools - including four National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools - and five related agencies. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

We invite you to continue helping children attending Lutheran elementary schools now and in the future by donating to a LESA Endowment or leaving a planned gift. Read more

Special Events

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Thank you for your interest in supporting Lutheran education. Through your support, you can make the difference in the life of a child.

Save the Date

Tribute Dinner Auction - 4/22/17

“A Night for Kids” tribute dinner auction, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Orlando Gardens South, 4300 Hoffmeister Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125.

Legacy & Planned Gifts

Consider supporting LESA through planned giving – pledges, recurring gifts or estate planning. Our staff would be happy to discuss how you can be a part of the Heritage Club and leave a legacy for Lutheran education. The LCMS Foundation is one of LESA's partners in assisting you as you remember the students LESA serves in your estate plan.

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Employer Matching Gifts

Many of our donors may quality for matching gifts through Thrivent Financial, and many may also quality for a matching gift from your employer. Please inquire with your employer to verify if they have a matching gift program. If your employer is listed below, please contact the Human Resources department and submit a signed copy of the matching gift form to LESA.

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Endowment Funds

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We invite you to join us in helping children attending Lutheran elementary schools now and in the future by donating to a LESA Endowment.

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