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Siebert Lutheran Foundation focuses its funding on ministries and projects based in Lutheran churches and organizations that are working to achieve one or more of the funding priorities below. Please click on the plus sign to learn more about the desired outcomes. And, to see what Siebert has recently supported, our latest Annual Report is available here.

Funding Priorities






  • Why is Siebert Lutheran Foundation now working with donors and prospective donors like me?
    We believe greater resources will grow the Kingdom and glorify God. We want to help you increase your impact by leveraging our four decades of grant-making expertise.
  • What are the benefits of partnering with Siebert (versus what I’m already doing)?
    Siebert brings knowledge, relationships and evaluation capabilities that few, if any, Christian funders can replicate. Since 1976, Siebert has granted $135 million to Lutheran-affiliated organizations, primarily in Southeastern Wisconsin and Greater Milwaukee, and affected countless lives for Christ.
  • What is Siebert’s asset level?
    At the end of 2019, Siebert had nearly $107MM in its portfolio. Granting approximately $4MM per year, Siebert has consistently been listed as one of the most active Milwaukee-area foundations.
  • What are Siebert’s priorities?
    Siebert focuses on three important funding priorities: Growing the Body of Christ … by investing in Lutheran leaders, ministries, congregations, and innovative evangelism in Wisconsin. Educating while Sharing the Gospel … by funding high-performing Lutheran-affiliated schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, and Waukesha Counties. Serving as the Hands and Feet of Christ … by supporting effective strategies at Lutheran churches and organizations to meet the basic short-term needs of disadvantaged people, and to create pathways toward greater self-sufficiency and empowerment in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, and Waukesha Counties.
  • How can I support one of these programs?
    Private and family foundations can partner with Siebert to create a smooth administration and process for vetting grants to organizations that match the foundations’ and Siebert’s funding priorities Individuals can give unrestricted current or planned gifts for one of our three Gospel Impact Funds Individuals can also create a named Endowed Fund encompassed by one of the three funds ($50,000 minimum).
  • What kinds of gifts does Siebert accept?
    You can give now to support our grantee partners who may have special needs during COVID-19 and/or you can consider an endowment gift to help our mission into perpetuity.
  • What is the minimum gift that Siebert will accept?
    Siebert is focused on growing your Gospel impact, so a donor can offer any gift, though a named Endowed Fund has a minimum of $50,000 and a pass-through gift has a minimum of $25,000.
  • What is Siebert’s fee structure for working with donors?
    Siebert realizes that each donor has unique needs – so there is no “one size fits all” solution or fee structure. We partner with individuals and families to do what is fair, with the goal of maximizing contributions to the chosen ministries. (A pass-through fee is generally 2%.)
  • What are gifts I can give right now?
    Use appreciated assets - Stocks, bonds, mutual funds - Privately held business interests or partnerships - Appreciated real estate Give a gift and receive an income back with a charitable trust Give part or all of a Required Minimum Distribution from an IRA (for those over 72; note that RMDs do not need to be taken in 2020) (directly to a Siebert grantee) Make a Gift from your Donor Advised Fund (directly to a Siebert grantee) Give a pass-through grant to programs and organizations that align with one or more of Siebert’s three Gospel-focused priorities and mission Participate in our Innovative Collaborators’ Event being piloted during 2020: join with others to increase your collective impact.
  • What are gifts I can give through my estate?
    Gifts through a Will Gifts through Contracts—add Siebert as a beneficiary to a life insurance policy or an IRA (or 401(K) or 403(b) plan).
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Our Geographic Service Area

Growing the Body of Christ – All of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan


Educating while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ & Serving as the Hands and Feet of Christ – Only the following counties:

  • Milwaukee

  • Waukesha

  • Racine

  • Kenosha

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