International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


Face to face and hand in hand, meeting needs around the world.

aka LPGM, Lutheran Partners

Minneapolis, MN


Vision: LPGM envisions a world where relationships transform boundaries and where all people have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. Mission: LPGM improves access to quality education for people at the margins, especially women and girls. We work together with global partners to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities.

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Executive Director

Rev Daniel P. Ruth

Main Address

5200 Willson Road Suite 280

Minneapolis, MN 55424 USA


Connecting and Encouraging Through Faith





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Exchanges (Q23)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

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Central African Republic



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Our Results

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Number of children who have sponsored education

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program


Context notes

Project Education India provides sponsor support in 6 boarding homes in Tamil Nadu, India. Sponsorship provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care & school supplies for primary & secondary students

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Central African Republic

Context notes

The Village Savings & Loan program in C.A.R. trains associations and members how to manage and distributed collective savings, increasing capital.

Number of organizational partners

Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

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Our goal is to raise up generations who inspire hope by walking with and serving in the global church. LPGM's Strategic Goals:
1. Seeking new partnerships to further serve global community needs
2. Engaging young adults in transformational travel opportunities
3. Raising additional funds and diversifying revenue streams to sustain organizational and programmatic growth

We continue to build upon the strong foundation of 20+ years of global ministry. Our work continues:
1) with youth and young adults, offering meaningful ways to connect their passion for service with the global church;
2) in new partnerships with congregations and other non-profit organizations, strengthening commitments to sharing and service; and
3) through new project partners closer to the US, realizing LPGM's unique model is needed closer to home, too.

Partner Diversity: The international partners with whom we work are extremely diverse from South America, to Africa to Asia, most from levels of low socio-economic status. The projects that are supported are led and managed by these global partners. We take their lead on what they determine to be the needs of their local community. In this respect, there is a great deal of diversity and inclusion in the context of their culture. While all partnerships are based on the same religion (Christian) the recipients of their projects cross over that boundary. LPGM is honored to have a number of partner congregation in the United States who are very innovative in how engage their member in global ministry. Working with this network we are constantly refining our work so it has the biggest impact possible.

Partner Philosophy: Instead of arriving in a country/global location and prescribing what needs to be done, we ask our partners what they need and how those needs are prioritized. Then we begin conversations about how LPGM can be of assistance and walk alongside them as a partner. We know from experience that our global partners are interested in the marginalized of society who are certainly under-represented in general.

Budget: Budgets are set annually, and approved by our board of directors.

LPGM measures program effectiveness in a variety of ways. Many programs are ongoing, however, we recognize the need to implement "best practices" so that our overseas partners define success for themselves without relying on LPGM resources indefinitely. Working alongside our community partners, developing "short-term" programs identified by and for the community, and integrating self-sustenance from the onset is ideal.

We know that an extreme depth of connection between the donor and the program they support is important. We use stories through printed and electronic media to keep donors involved in the needs but also engaged in the accomplishments and success of programs.

In collaboration with global partners, it is important to review the stability and/or growth of projects. We use technology to keep us connected to our partners so that we can have accurate data to share with donors. We travel to the global locales to see first-hand how things are managed and maintained. We attend consultation gatherings where a global partner meets with multiple supporting agencies beyond LPGM to stay aware of the big picture. We talk to recipients of financial support and sometimes with the family or greater community to learn the vastness of the impact.

Reporting: Our annual report includes an update on our organizational mission and goals, major programs, and accomplishments – as well as balance sheet and expense allocations.

We are proud to share many of our annual successes with the public and current/future donors. Our annual report highlights both our programmatic accomplishments as well as our financial position. It can be found here: We hope viewers can review this report which highlights our progress to date.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?