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 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: $42 million
  • Endowment assets: 63%
  • Managed accounts: 436
  • Total 2017 distributions: $3.5 million
  • Distributions since 1960: Over $54 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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Our December Texas Messenger article reminds us of God's special promise and legacy to us at Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less

Our December Texas Messenger article reminds us of Gods special promise and legacy to us at Christmas.

This morning, Legacy Deo's Controller, Gretchen Kroesch, was recognized by the Texas District Board of Directors for 20 years of service to Legacy Deo. Gretchen's expertise with our financial resources as well as her cheerful and willing spirit make her an invaluable asset to our ministry. In the photo, Gretchen is congratulated by Legacy Deo CEO Jerry Kieschnick on the left, and Texas District President Mike Newman on the right. Congratulations, Gretchen. ... See MoreSee Less

This morning, Legacy Deos Controller, Gretchen Kroesch, was recognized by the Texas District Board of Directors for 20 years of service to Legacy Deo. Gretchens expertise with our financial resources as well as her cheerful and willing spirit make her an invaluable asset to our ministry. In the photo, Gretchen is congratulated by Legacy Deo CEO Jerry Kieschnick on the left, and Texas District President Mike Newman on the right. Congratulations, Gretchen.

Congratulations, Gretchen! We are all grateful for you and your dedication. Wow, 20 years!

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Gretchen, thanks for all you do. We wouldn’t be what we are without you on the team!

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Congrats, Gretchen. We couldn't do without you!

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Our November Newsletter has ideas about ways for you to make special gifts to ministries before the end of 2018. Call us 1-800-880-3733.
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Our November Newsletter has ideas about ways for you to make special gifts to ministries before the end of 2018. Call us 1-800-880-3733.

A special Thanksgiving message - Legacy Deo's November, 2018 article from the Texas Messenger. ... See MoreSee Less

A special Thanksgiving message - Legacy Deos November, 2018 article from the Texas Messenger.

For those of you who use Amazon Smile, the amount of 5% of your eligible purchases now through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 2 will be given to Legacy Deo or another charity you designate. Just go to smile.amazon.com, make your purchases, and designate your charity. If you are not currently a member, signup is easy. Aside from this special promotion, typically the amount of 0.5% of your purchase is designated for charity, so this promotion is ten times the regular amount! Help support us at Legacy Deo with your purchases before the deadline. We appreciate it! ... See MoreSee Less

For those of you who use Amazon Smile, the amount of 5% of your eligible purchases now through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 2 will be given to Legacy Deo or another charity you designate. Just go to smile.amazon.com, make your purchases, and designate your charity. If you are not currently a member, signup is easy. Aside from this special promotion, typically the amount of 0.5% of your purchase is designated for charity, so this promotion is ten times the regular amount! Help support us at Legacy Deo with your purchases before the deadline. We appreciate it!