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New partnership helps donors

Sunday, September 21, 2008

CLWR executive director, Robert Granke and LFC executive director Dwayne Cleave formalized a new partnership for gift planning services

Winnipeg – Representatives from Lutheran Foundation Canada (LFC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) signed an agreement Sunday, September 21 that will see a gift planning partnership between the two organizations. LFC, an agency of Lutheran Church–Canada, provides personnel responsible for working with donors who wish to include in their wills a church or church-based agency or make major gifts. The foundation has partnerships with a variety of organizations and institutions affiliated with Lutheran Church–Canada.

“The role of the foundation is to bring together those who want to give, and the organizations to which they want their gifts directed,” explained LFC executive director, Dwayne Cleave. “Many organizations can’t afford their own personnel to do this full-time, so LFC provides that service.”

Currently, one LFC field agent is responsible for Alberta and B.C., and another for Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The new partnership includes CLWR providing a field representative for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and NW Ontario.

The CLWR Board of Directors expressed its enthusiasm over the partnership and sees it as an important step in its resource generation strategy.

Lutheran Foundation Canada was formed in 2005 by Lutheran Church–Canada Financial Minisries to provide planned giving services to Lutheran Church–Canada. Canadian Lutheran World Relief is the church body’s international development and relief agency. The 62-year-old agency also serves the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

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