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Lutheran Education Needs You!

Lutheran schools have been educating children in the St. Louis area since the mid-1800s. Thanks to the generosity and dedication of the St. Louis community, we can continue that mission well into the future. More than 8,800 children of all faiths attend Lutheran elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region.

Founded in 2004, LESA provides educational support services to 33 member schools - including four National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools - and five related agencies. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

We invite you to continue helping children attending Lutheran elementary schools now and in the future by supporting our special events, donating to a LESA Endowment or leaving a planned gift. To learn more about LESA's Endowments, read more

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Named Endowments

As part of the planned giving program, LESA is offering “named endowments;” to donors interested in leaving a lasting legacy for future Lutheran elementary school students. These endowments are funded by individuals and foundations with a minimum gift of $25,000, the proceeds of which support student tuition assistance, educational programing, and LESA operations; their use may be designated by the donor. This $25,000 gift may be funded at one time or over a period of five years with a $5,000 annual donation. To expedite establishment of new named endowments, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation has awarded LESA a matching grant which will provide the final $5,000 gift to establish a named endowment for the next twenty (20) donors who complete the first $20,000 in named endowment gifts.

Special Events

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    Activities to exercise your child’s brain this summer!
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  • The checks - and blessings - are on their way.  Thanks to your generous and...

    LESA Awards $450,000 in Need-Based Scholarships for 2018-19 School Year
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Thank you for your interest in supporting Lutheran education. Through your support, you can make the difference in the life of a child.

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Cooking for Kids is April 18, 2020.


Legacy & Planned Gifts

Consider supporting LESA through planned giving – pledges, recurring gifts or estate planning. Our staff would be happy to discuss how you can be a part of the Heritage Club and leave a legacy for Lutheran education. The LCMS Foundation is one of LESA's partners in assisting you as you remember the students LESA serves in your estate plan..

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Employer Matching Gifts

Many of our donors may quality for matching gifts through Thrivent Financial, and many may also quality for a matching gift from your employer. Please inquire with your employer to verify if they have a matching gift program. If your employer is listed below, please contact the Human Resources department and submit a signed copy of the matching gift form to LESA.

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Endowment Funds

Make your commitment today!
You can be a part of the future of the students LESA serves!

We invite you to join us in helping children attending Lutheran elementary schools now and in the future by donating to a LESA Endowment.

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