We Did It! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has reached its $15 million goal!

Ashley Debilzen

Friends, we did it! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has exceeded its fundraising goal of $15 million dollars! That means 15 million reasons to say THANK YOU. ​

Your generosity and dedication made this moment possible. As a result of your support, malaria programs in 13 African countries have been fully funded. Together we have had great success – millions of community members were educated about the disease, nearly 10,000 local volunteers were trained on disease prevention and treatment methods, 50,000 nets were distributed, 32,000 pregnant women received prevention medication and more.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton also thanks you for your hard work: “We began the Malaria Campaign in the depths of the Great Recession and at a time of considerable turmoil in this church. The goal of raising $15 million might have sounded improbable at the time, but our people responded generously. We are honored to accompany our global companions in the Lutheran churches in Africa in their work to make malaria history.”  Although the campaign’s financial goal has been met, the ELCA will continue its anti-malaria work post 2015 through ELCA World Hunger.​

Please share this wonderful news with your synods, congregations and Facebook friends—we want everyone to know that ELCA members have stepped up in faith to make a difference and to end deaths from this preventable and treatable disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When did the ELCA Malaria Campaign Begin?  When did it end?

The 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to begin initial malaria campaign activities in the ELCA. In 2010 and 2011, pilot synods intentionally engaged with congregations and individuals in their synods, creating and testing materials, raising money and providing feedback. In August 2011, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted overwhelmingly to roll out the campaign on a national level and to continue it through the 2015 fiscal year (which ends Jan. 31, 2016). As of September 2015, we have exceeded our fundraising goal of $15 million!

What happens now that we have raised more than $15 million?

We celebrate Lutheran generosity! As additional gifts come in designated for malaria, they will be spent to expand existing malaria programs or allow companions in other countries to get involved.

Can I still give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign?

Yes. Fundraising efforts will continue until the end of the fiscal year (Jan. 31, 2016). But now that we have reached our fundraising goal, we encourage you to send gifts to ELCA World Hunger.  If you would like to specifically support malaria work, you can indicate “malaria” on your check’s memo line.  Gifts can be sent to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Or you can give online at www.ELCA.org/malaria/donate​.

What happens to malaria programming?

Though our fundraising campaign efforts for malaria have ended, our commitment to walking together with our companions and supporting their health-care ministries will not end. Our global companion churches and Lutheran partners who would like to continue or begin new malaria programming in the coming years will seek funding through ELCA World Hunger, which has a history of supporting health-related programming.

What countries participated in the ELCA Malaria Campaign?

Funds raised by the ELCA Malaria Campaign support malaria programs of Lutheran church bodies and Lutheran development organizations in 13 African countries: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Can my congregation still obtain ELCA Malaria Campaign resources?

Yes! Resources will still be available for a limited time at http://www.ELCA.org/malaria/resources​.

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