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 ranchland 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 and humanitarian 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, transparency, accountability, and competence.

(Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30)

Our Legacy

  • Founded: 1960
  • Assets: $51 million
  • Endowment assets: 63%
  • Managed accounts: 441
  • Total 2019 distributions: $2.6 million
  • Distributions since 1960: Over $60 million
  • Current distribution outreach: 32 states and the District of Columbia

Interested in learning more?

Contact us at info@legacydeo.org

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2 months ago

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Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, Legacy Deo CEO presenting a plaque to Rev. Dr. Victor Kollmann, Senior Pastor Messiah Lutheran Church, Plano TX. Dr. Kollmann sat on the Legacy Deo Board of Directors for 12 years. We appreciate his help and dedication. ... See MoreSee Less

Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, Legacy Deo CEO presenting a plaque to Rev. Dr. Victor Kollmann, Senior Pastor Messiah Lutheran Church, Plano TX.  Dr. Kollmann sat on the Legacy Deo Board of Directors for 12 years. We appreciate his help and dedication.

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He will be greatly missed!

2 months ago

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Here is our article from the August Lutheran Witness! ... See MoreSee Less

Here is our article from the August Lutheran Witness!

6 months ago

Legacy Deo

You can tell this article from the May 2020 Lutheran Witness was written before the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
We look forward to the time we can again safely gather to learn and enjoy each other's company. In the mean time, please give us a call if you have questions or if we can be of assistance.
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You can tell this article from the May 2020 Lutheran Witness was written before the current global COVID-19 pandemic. 
We look forward to the time we can again safely gather to learn and enjoy each others company. In the mean time, please give us a call if you have questions or if we can be of assistance.

6 months ago

Legacy Deo

Before the country closed down due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Legacy Deo CEO, Jerry Kieschnick, spoke at the 2020 Leadership Gathering Conference held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Plano on February 29, 2020.
Jerry shared the story of a humble Christian man that passed away late last year at the age of 98. In 1980, the man worked with an attorney to craft his estate plan. Through purposeful planning and frugal living, he was able to leave sizeable gifts to family, Concordia University Texas, and Texas District CEF. Legacy Deo is pleased to act as executor of the estate and presented a check at the Leadership Gathering to Texas District President Michael Newman and Texas CEF Executive Director Becca Jones.
Follow the link to read more.
texascef.org/2020/04/26/impacting-lives-for-christ/
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Before the country closed down due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Legacy Deo CEO, Jerry Kieschnick, spoke at the 2020 Leadership Gathering Conference held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Plano on February 29, 2020. 
Jerry shared the story of a humble Christian man that passed away late last year at the age of 98. In 1980, the man worked with an attorney to craft his estate plan. Through purposeful planning and frugal living, he was able to leave sizeable gifts to family, Concordia University Texas, and Texas District CEF. Legacy Deo is pleased to act as executor of the estate and presented a check at the Leadership Gathering to Texas District President Michael Newman and Texas CEF Executive Director Becca Jones.
Follow the link to read more.
https://texascef.org/2020/04/26/impacting-lives-for-christ/

8 months ago

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Pastor Schepmann welcomed and introduced Jerry Kieschnick at the 'Not too soon to plan your legacy' event at Gloria Dei, Houston on March 8th. ... See MoreSee Less

Pastor Schepmann welcomed and introduced Jerry Kieschnick at the Not too soon to plan your legacy event at Gloria Dei, Houston on March 8th.Image attachment