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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If you are attending the 61st Convention of the Texas District - LCMS in Ft. Worth, please make sure to stop by our booth, sign up for your free luggage tag, and say hi to Jerry, Gary and Brian. ... See MoreSee Less

If you are attending the 61st Convention of the Texas District - LCMS in Ft. Worth, please make sure to stop by our booth, sign up for your free luggage tag, and say hi to Jerry, Gary and Brian.

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Legacy Deo is pleased to be a sponsor of the Texas District--LCMS Convention (Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16 at The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport). Look for us in the exhibit area and sign up for a free luggage tag. ... See MoreSee Less

Legacy Deo is pleased to be a sponsor of the Texas District--LCMS Convention (Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 16 at The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport). Look for us in the exhibit area and sign up for a free luggage tag.

Check out our June 2018 Texas Messenger Article. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our June 2018 Texas Messenger Article.

Read Legacy Deo's article about beneficiary designations in the May 2018 Lutheran Witness (Texas Messenger section) ... See MoreSee Less

Read Legacy Deos article about beneficiary designations in the May 2018 Lutheran Witness (Texas Messenger section)

Dr. Jerry Kieschnick and Gary Juhl presented a breakout session entitled "Optimizing Generosity Using Estate Planning and Legacy Gifts" yesterday at the LCMS Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. ... See MoreSee Less

Dr. Jerry Kieschnick and Gary Juhl presented a  breakout session entitled Optimizing Generosity Using Estate Planning and Legacy Gifts yesterday at the LCMS Best Practices Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.