Our Story

Legacy Deo was chartered in 1960 as Lutheran Foundation of Texas. Originally a ministry of the Texas District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Foundation was created as a means to receive non-cash gifts. One of the earliest was a tract of West Texas ranch-land from a donor who sought to financially support the District’s endeavors.

Years later, we became a separate entity after our outreach expanded and our services grew. Our focus shifted to charitable giving that benefits all types of Christian causes. We offer our services to the entire Christian community, believing that all of God’s people benefit from them regardless of denominational affinity. In 2017 we changed our name to Legacy Deo, which better reflects the values that undergird our services. Because of our long history with the District, we continue to provide a perpetual base of funding for its many ministries as well as to other Lutheran-affiliated organizations.

We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. That means gifts and donations made to our managed accounts, or Legacy Deo itself, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Vision

God’s people, each and every one, will leave a legacy for faith and family.

Our Mission

We inspire giving that impacts life forever.

Our Core Values

Christ-centered Focus

Recognizing that God is the source of all earthly gifts, we love Him above all else and honor Him with the stewardship of those gifts.
(The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:26-38)

Valued Relationships

We treat all individuals and groups the way we would like to be treated.
(The Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12 and 22:39)

Total Integrity

Everything we do is done with fairness, mutual trust, accountability, and competence.
(Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30)

Our Legacy

  • Founded: 1960
  • Assets: $42 million
  • Endowment assets: 58%
  • Managed accounts: 436
  • Total 2015 distributions: $1.8 million
  • Distributions since 1960: Over $49 million
  • Current distribution outreach: 29 states and the District of Columbia

Interested in learning more?

Contact us at plannedgiving@lfot.org

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Rev. Chris Kennedy, senior pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, San Antonio, and Rev. Aaron Kalbas, senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Texas visit with Dr. Jerry Kieschnick at the POLS Conference in San Antonio. ... See MoreSee Less

Rev. Chris Kennedy, senior pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, San Antonio, and Rev. Aaron Kalbas, senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale, Texas visit with Dr. Jerry Kieschnick at the POLS Conference in San Antonio.

Legacy Deo was highly visible at the 2017 national LCMS Principals of Large Schools (POLS) conference held in San Antonio. We helped sponsor the event. Jerry Kieschnick, our CEO, addressed the assembly in a session today. Twenty-five large Lutheran schools from all over the country sent leaders to the two-day event. Five schools that have endowments with us and one that benefits from a donor's endowment were in attendance. ... See MoreSee Less

Legacy Deo was highly visible at the 2017 national LCMS Principals of Large Schools (POLS) conference held in San Antonio. We helped sponsor the event. Jerry Kieschnick, our CEO, addressed the assembly in a session today. Twenty-five large Lutheran schools from all over the country sent leaders to the two-day event. Five schools that have endowments with us and one that benefits from a donors endowment were in attendance.

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Brian HamiltonWe are grateful for our school endowment clients! If your school doesn't have an endowment, let us help establish one. Operations, tuition assistance, and program needs are some many things funded by our school endowments.

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Please take a look at our January 2017 article from the Lutheran Witness! ... See MoreSee Less

Please take a look at our January 2017 article from the Lutheran Witness!

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We are pleased to announce that Lutheran Foundation of Texas is now Legacy Deo. Today was the official recognition of our rebranding effort. Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, CEO of Legacy Deo, unveiled the new logo at morning chapel at the office of the Texas District--LCMS. Legacy Deo's new logo was designed by Claudia Roeschmann of ROESCHMANNdesign in Austin. Her logo design for Legacy Deo in 2016 won an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA. The initial version of our new website, www.legacydeo.org, is now online.
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We are pleased to announce that Lutheran Foundation of Texas is now Legacy Deo. Today was the official recognition of our rebranding effort. Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, CEO of Legacy Deo, unveiled the new logo at morning chapel at the office of the Texas District--LCMS. Legacy Deos new logo was designed by Claudia Roeschmann of ROESCHMANNdesign in Austin. Her logo design for Legacy Deo in 2016 won an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA. The initial version of our new website, www.legacydeo.org, is now online.

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