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TLHA Foundation

Supporting The Lutheran Home Association’s ministry since 1985   

The Lutheran Home Association Foundation’s sole purpose is to support and further the ministry of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) and its affiliates. TLHA depends on donations to help maintain its mission and ministry. Our outreach programs, like JCM and chaplaincy, are funded completely by donation. The Foundation receives, invests and dispenses assets to advance the services and programs of TLHA.

A needed ministry

In recent years, we have seen repeated cuts in government financial support for the two segments of society that TLHA serves: seniors and persons with developmental disabilities. As we look into the future, we see ongoing financial, legislative, staffing and other challenges facing us.

The aging of America has begun. Every day, 10,000 Americans turn age 65. By age 65, one in every eight seniors is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and one in every five has a disability. Just as importantly, 30% of our seniors are unchurched. 

The Lutheran Home Association Foundation is taking steps now to ensure that the special ministry of TLHA will continue well into the future. We need to continue providing a consistent level of high quality care despite reductions in governmental reimbursement. We also need to be able to continue to provide spiritual care through programs that are completely donor-funded. Gifts to The Foundation will grow and provide years of support for the people TLHA serves.

The use of gifts and income

The Foundation provides funding to TLHA’s ministry in three primary areas:

Expansion and Capital Projects
As the population of seniors and developmentally disabled grows, the need for living accommodations increases. TLHA is modifying existing care centers and adding new communities that utilize advanced technology for the health and safety of our residents.

Operating Programs
Adding new programs and services for growing populations is critical in the areas of chaplaincy, education and outreach.  All of these programs are completely donation-funded.

Subsidy of Care
Government programs can no longer cover the cost of providing acceptable levels of care and service for these adults. Government shortfalls for medical reimbursements, rising health care expenses and the stress of care giving all point towards the importance of contributions and a strong Foundation.

Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees, comprised of 14 members, manages the property, funds and business of the Foundation. The trustees are appointed by TLHA’s Board of Directors.