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Ed. Note: This post is part of the Commerce in the Community series highlighting the work of community leaders and organizations that are strengthening the middle class and providing ladders of opportunity for all Americans.
Below is an interview with
Q1: Tell us about
Ranked at #25 on the Philanthropy 400, the LSA network represents close to
LSA works to ensure our members' resilience in an increasingly evolving environment. Our newly revised mission is to "build valuable connections, amplify our voices and empower our members," and our vision is a network of "connected, strong and thriving" members that "transform the lives of people and communities." A distinguishing characteristic of our network is the deep trust and sharing that come from a shared set of values and goals. Our network strives to help people become self-sufficient so they can lead more independent, secure and higher quality lives. The deep trust facilitates rapid innovation and scale.
We help our members to build resilience through specialized programming for CEOs and executives; we also work to help build the capacity and infrastructure of our member organizations, for example by exploring new business models that can create more sustainable revenue streams. We also find opportunities for our 307 members to work together to achieve outcomes they couldn't achieve on their own so they can grow and continue to serve their communities for generations to come.
Q2: How is
At the local level, our members promote economic mobility through a broad range of education, employment, housing and other programs to help people become more self-sufficient.
Some examples of the incredible "boots on the ground" work our members are engaged in:
Lutheran Social Services of
Q3: In what ways are you partnering with other organizations to increase your impact?
Our focus is largely on helping our members connect with each other to increase their impact exponentially. We look to harness the power of that collective network to address a variety of needs in our society such as assisting youth who are aging out of the foster care system, responding more effectively to natural disasters, and supporting people with disabilities to lead more self-directed lives by working across state lines to fundamentally change the way services are provided and funded for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We're also working with 10 other national nonprofit organizations on the "
Q4: If people want to learn more about
We invite you to connect with us on social media! Follow us on Twitter: @LutheranSvcs and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LutheranServices. You can also visit our website at www.lutheranservices.org to learn more and sign up to receive information about our events, advocacy work and news.
To learn more about some of the amazing work our members are doing in communities around the country, check out the cover story in the Nonprofit Digest that talks about LSA and our network. Thank you for your interest.
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