Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is The Campaign for the ELCA, and how were the fundraising goals different from the fundraising the ELCA had been doing before?

    The Campaign for the ELCA was the first campaign of its kind for the ELCA. It provided an opportunity to make a real and lasting impact on a scale and scope unprecedented for our church. The campaign was designed to:

    • Grow our communities of faith
    • Form and support new leaders
    • Welcome our neighbors, and serve those in need
    • Confront disease, hunger and poverty – at home and worldwide
    • Spread the good news of Jesus Christ, working alongside our global companions 
  2. When did TheCampaign for the ELCA officially start and end?

    The campaign was overwhelmingly approved in August 2013 by the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The fundraising effort, the ELCA’s first comprehensive campaign, formally launched on February 1, 2014, and concluded June 30, 2019.

  3. What happens after the campaign is over?

    We celebrate all we’ve accomplished together! An announcement of the total fundraising and impact will be made in September 2019. Materials to help spread the word of these accomplishments, including bulletin inserts, video and more, will also be available. 

    Through this campaign, we not only funded specific ministry priorities, but also built a strong base of current and planned gifts, endowment and a broader base of donors who value and are committed to the work of the ELCA and a vibrant culture of stewardship. This allows us to achieve a higher level of giving that the ELCA in all its expressions will be able to sustain far into the future.

  4. Can I still give to the ministries of the campaign? 

    Yes. You may continue to support the ministries of the campaign, whether through a gift to a specific ministry or a general gift to be used where needed most. Gifts can be sent to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Or you can give online at https://community.elca.org/givenow.

  5. Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my giving, an existing pledge or continuing priorities? 

    You may contact us at 800-638-3522 (toll-free) or 773-380-2700.