Lutheran Services in America

Leading change. Empowering people.

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Lutheran Services in America

EIN: 36-3304707


Lutheran Services in America is a national network of 300 connected, strong and thriving Lutheran social ministries that transform the lives of one in 50 people in America each year. We champion Lutheran social ministry by building valuable connections between our network and our partners in philanthropy, academia, healthcare and business to address the most critical challenges in our communities, drive change and empower people to lead their best lives.

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President & CEO

Ms. Alesia Frerichs

Main address

100 Maryland Avenue NE Suite 500

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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Subject area info


Human services

Child welfare

Developmental disability services

Senior services

Population served info

Children and youth

Older adults


Low-income people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Children, Youth and Family Services

Children in foster care—disproportionately youth of color—currently face stark outcomes. On any given day, our national network works with 40,000 families and more than 12,000 children and youth in foster care. Our Results Innovation Lab recognizes the key role that providers have in transforming policy and practice in the child welfare system.

Our Lab addresses racial bias in the child welfare system by disaggregating data to identify practice changes and innovations needed to eliminate racial disparities and improve outcomes, equipping providers with tools to examine their practices and activating local stakeholders to achieve equitable outcomes for children and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

More than 200 organizations in our network provide a broad range of services to older adults in 1,400 communities across 46 states. Our Rural Aging Action Network expands sustainable community-based services and supports for older adults who are underserved in rural areas. We engage strategic partners with the common goal of empowering older adults to age with independence, dignity and purpose in the community of their choice. Our Connect-Home Collaborative is dedicated to expanding interventions for older adults to successfully transition home after a post-acute care stay and address gaps in care that can lead to isolation, increased emergency room visits, hospitalization and reduced quality of life. LSA Senior Connect screens older adults for risks tied to social determinants of health and connects them to services and supports in their community.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Low-income people

The Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network harnesses the collective power and knowledge of its nationwide group of Lutheran social ministry organizations to amplify our voice through advocacy and champion services and supports that enable individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their dreams, achieve their potential and lead their best lives.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The collective power of our $23 billion faith-based voice on Capitol Hill is crucial now to advance policies that improve the health and well-being of the six million individuals our network cares for each year. Together, we ensure that our voices are heard for millions of people experiencing need. Our advocacy campaigns mobilize our network to urge the Administration and Congress to support policies and funding to improve the health and well-being of people in America and strengthen the nonprofit sector.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Older adults
People with disabilities

We invest in building leadership capacity and galvanizing Lutheran social ministry leaders to drive transformational change. Our learning communities are where nonprofit leaders hone their leadership skills and develop strategies to adapt to the rapidly changing needs of their communities.

We are committed to equity and justice and reversing the toll systemic racism has on the health and well-being of people of color. We lead our network through initiatives such as the Race Equity Network, Reimagining Diversity Collaborative and Mission Leaders Group to support, strengthen and empower leaders to address inequity in their own organization and communities. By working with CEOs and their boards of directors in trusted forums such as CEO Summit and our Strength & Service Series, we aim to bring about real change by advancing conversations about race equity and addressing policies that disproportionately harm people of color.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work


Lutheran Services in America
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 2022 Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.36 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Lutheran Services in America

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Lutheran Services in America’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $9,133 $206,865 $49,485 -$295,464 $205,567
As % of expenses 0.3% 6.2% 1.4% -7.3% 5.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,634 $204,364 $46,986 -$297,391 $202,677
As % of expenses 0.2% 6.1% 1.3% -7.4% 5.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,183,667 $3,498,546 $3,665,973 $4,061,738 $4,259,871
Total revenue, % change over prior year 30.0% 9.9% 4.8% 10.8% 4.9%
Program services revenue 18.7% 20.4% 17.9% 17.9% 7.5%
Membership dues 29.9% 28.3% 25.2% 23.5% 22.5%
Investment income 0.7% 0.6% 0.9% 1.0% 1.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 50.0% 50.3% 55.1% 57.2% 68.6%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.4% 0.9% 0.4% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,088,138 $3,329,790 $3,490,586 $4,036,356 $3,604,551
Total expenses, % change over prior year 26.1% 7.8% 4.8% 15.6% -10.7%
Personnel 47.8% 46.0% 44.4% 40.5% 48.5%
Professional fees 4.7% 10.0% 11.9% 13.6% 13.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 3.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 21.0% 23.9% 24.0% 26.2% 25.0%
All other expenses 26.4% 20.0% 19.8% 16.7% 9.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,091,637 $3,332,291 $3,493,085 $4,038,283 $3,607,441
One month of savings $257,345 $277,483 $290,882 $336,363 $300,379
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $437,502 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,348,982 $3,609,774 $3,783,967 $4,812,148 $3,907,820

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 9.4 9.5 7.4 8.2 12.0
Months of cash and investments 9.4 9.5 7.8 8.5 12.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.9 5.2 5.2 2.3 3.6
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $2,414,387 $2,636,211 $2,159,845 $2,745,040 $3,616,188
Investments $0 $0 $103,986 $110,870 $122,523
Receivables $84,076 $115,911 $112,456 $333,228 $116,346
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $272,070 $272,070 $15,495 $438,570 $340,506
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 98.2% 99.1% 100.0% 0.7% 0.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 42.6% 41.5% 26.0% 50.5% 41.8%
Unrestricted net assets $1,253,609 $1,457,973 $1,504,959 $1,207,568 $1,410,245
Temporarily restricted net assets $201,672 $163,565 $289,467 $610,313 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $201,672 $163,565 $289,467 $610,313 $1,060,066
Total net assets $1,455,281 $1,621,538 $1,794,426 $1,817,881 $2,470,311

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Ms. Alesia Frerichs

Alesia Frerichs is the President & CEO of Lutheran Services in America. Alesia previously served as the chief strategist for the network’s collaboration and innovation efforts. During her tenure, Alesia launched several groundbreaking initiatives that connect national partners with social sector leaders and empower older adults, children, families and others experiencing need. Prior to joining Lutheran Services in America, Alesia was an entrepreneur who launched and led an independent consulting practice for 10 years, providing strategic management support to nonprofit executives. She also held senior leadership positions at MCI WorldCom and Sapere Consulting. She currently serves on the board of Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing and the Lutheran Financial Managers Association and is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, DC. Alesia earned an M.S. in statistics from The George Washington University and a B.S. in economics from St. Olaf College.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/01/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Darrell Gordon

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center

Term: 2021 - 2023

Jane Isaacs Lowe

Darrell R. Gordon

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center

Colleen Frankenfield

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey

Kristen Gay

Gemma Services

Karen L. Himle

Thrivent Financial

Rafael Malpica Padilla

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Antonio M. Oftelie

Harvard University

Kevin D. Robson

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

Jeffrey Thiemann

Portico Benefit Services

David Duea

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Eric Gurley


Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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