Six ways to maximize your year-end charitable giving to Lutheran World Relief

  • Nikki Massie
  • Dec 18, 2020

This is the time of year when many faithful friends like you choose to give a year-end charitable gift to Lutheran World Relief to reach out to neighbors in need around the world. Whether you like to give during this time of year to enjoy the tax benefits or because the spirit of the season moves you, here are a few tips to get the most out of your year-end charitable giving.

Give to our online year-end matching gift challenge!

Give to the LWR Year-End matching gift challenge!


Some generous donors have offered to match your gifts online, dollar for dollar, through December 31 – up to $148,600! Don’t miss this chance for your year-end gift to go twice as far to send love to our neighbors in need around the world.

To get your gift matched today, start here

CARES ACT Charitable Giving Provision

As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by Congress last spring, taxpayers can make up to $300 in cash donations to qualifying organizations, which can be deducted from income without having to itemize deductions. [source]

Just remember that qualifying gifts must be made by December 31! Give today.

Got Amazon gift cards? Use AmazonSmile!

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When you shop through AmazonSmile, and choose Lutheran World Relief as your charity of choice, a portion of your purchase is donated back to Lutheran World Relief. That money is used to send your love to neighbors wherever they need it most.

Join nearly 4,000 other committed Amazon shoppers by using our link when you buy from Amazon!

Don’t forget Thrivent Choice Dollars!

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial? If so, you may qualify to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to recommend where Thrivent’s philanthropic funds go. 2020 Thrivent Choice Dollar directions expire on March 31, 2021, but you don’t have to wait until then. Direct Choice Dollars while you make your other year-end gifts!

To find out if you qualify to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars, visit the Thrivent website or call 800-847-4836.

Donte Cryptocurrency like BitCoin

Donate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to Lutheran World Relief!

More and more people are purchasing cryptocurrency like BitCoin and Ether. Did you know there are tax benefits to donating cryptocurrency? It's true!

The IRS classifies cryptocurrency donations as property, meaning they are not subject to capital gains tax and are tax deductible, to the fullest extent permitted by law. This means that when you donate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit like Lutheran World Relief, you do not have to pay capital gains tax and it is tax deductible if you provide your email address.

To donate cryptocurrency, start here.

*Please consult your tax advisor. You can donate anonymously, but you will not receive a tax receipt.

Become a Faithful Neighbor

Become a Faithful Neighbor with your monthly gift of $29 or more.


Your one-time gift sends love to our neighbors around the world who suffer most. By becoming a Faithful Neighbor – with a monthly gift of $29 or more – you can save families from poverty and hunger until they can stand on their own, then keep right on sending love to the next family in need!

This year has shown us, more than ever before, how badly our neighbors around the world are suffering. Start off the new year by giving a monthly gift to make sure love is always there for families with the very least.

To become a Faithful Neighbor, start here.

Thank you!

No matter how you give this year, we thank you on behalf of the many families around the world who would otherwise be forsaken if it were not for your love. The reality is that so many of our neighbors are suffering. Without your continued and steadfast support, they will continue to suffer. Thank you for answering the call to help.

With your love and support, we won’t stop working until your love reaches every neighbor.

Nikki Massie, Dec 18, 2020 email