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Give to Answer the Call

Answer The Call is a campaign of the South Dakota Synod to encourage and develop leadership for the future of our Lutheran community.

Answer the Call funds will be used to help find future pastors and other church leaders for South Dakota congregations. The need is great, and growing.

Support from Answer the Call will help identify potential South Dakota candidates for the ministry and church leadership, send students to the seminary, and help reduce seminary debt for South Dakota pastors.


How to Give

  • Cash and Personal Property
  • Bequests
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Life Estates
  • Pooled Life Income Funds

When You Give a Gift to Answer the Call

You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift from the South Dakota Synod Office.

The original copy of the gift agreement, dated and signed will be delivered to you. The second original will be kept by the South Dakota Synod ELCA, or the ELCA Foundation.

Permission or instructions about publicly announcing the gift will be recorded and filed for future reference, except through regular publication of the Answer The Call campaign.

The South Dakota Synod, ELCA has authorized the Answer The Call Campaign. The Synod is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) charity. We adhere to the policies and procedures of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives Code of Ethical Principles and Practices. Copies of all information including General Authorization, Policies and Procedures; Fund Descriptions; Planned and Deferred Gifts; the Code of Ethical Principles and Practices; the Synod Policy Regarding Gifts and Bequests; the ELCA Real Estate Environmental Questionnaire and Disclosure Statement (where applicable); and the Legal and Exempt Status of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA.

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