Here are several ways to give and invest as an organization

WELS Church Extension Fund (CEF) exists to provide loans and grants for mission-minded endeavors and projects that are under the direction of WELS Home Missions. When you invest with CEF, you help provide the financing so that congregations can acquire land and build or renovate ministry facilities. Here are ways organizations can invest with CEF:

Certificates – We offer two types of certificates – investment certificates and savings certificates. The certificates pay interest at rates that are set according to the policies set forth under “Description of Certificates” in our Offering Circular.

Stamp program – A great way to involve WELS youth in mission work at an early age.

Organizations can also give to CEF by sending a check payable to WELS with “CEF” in the memo line to WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188. Or talk to a WELS Christian giving counselor about supporting CEF through an endowment fund.


WELS Foundation exists to assist God’s people in support of God’s ministry through the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

WELS Foundation

After the Israelites crossed the River Jordan to enter the Promised Land they set up a stone memorial, so that future generations would know the goodness of God. In the same way, WELS Foundation exists to help members whose gifts leave a monument of their faith that will be a blessing for many years to come.

WELS Foundation was organized for the benefit of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and is guided by the same principles. Christ’s love is what we are all about. By that love we are redeemed and forgiven. His Spirit has made us his own by faith and given us the promise of a relationship with him now and forever in heaven. God has graciously called us to help WELS members and organizations pass on his great love in Jesus to the next generations so they might know and reflect Christ’s love.

A church or WELS organization can establish an endowment fund to benefit local and external ministry efforts. A WELS Christian giving counselor can assist with setup and help churches with promoting current and estate gifts to the fund.

The mission of WELS Investment Funds is to strengthen and enhance the ministry of WELS and WELS affiliated organizations by providing cost effective, professionally managed investment portfolios. WELS Funds are designed primarily for the investment needs of endowment funds, scholarship funds, and charitable trust funds.


WELS CEF provides loans and grants to qualified mission congregations, so that through the acquisition of land and a ministry facility the gospel can be spread.


WELS Foundation exists to assist God’s people in support of God’s ministry through the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


WELS Investment Funds provides cost effective, professionally managed investment portfolios exclusively for WELS and affiliated organizations.