The American Institute of Philanthropy gave Lutheran World Relief an “A” rating in the category of international relief and development.
The institute provides a watchdog service to help donors understand how well their money is spent. It gives its top ratings to charities that openly share audited financial statements and income tax forms, spend less than $25 to raise $100 and allocate to charitable programs at least 75 percent of money raised. The ELCA and Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod jointly support LWR.
Washington, D.C.-based Bread for the World received an “A-” in the hunger category. The organization works in close partnership with the ELCA, and its director, David Beckmann, is an ELCA pastor.
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