To initiate the Group Ruling Exemption process for your congregation or other ELCA entity or organization, please send an e-mail to Enter in the subject line, 501 (c) (3) Exempt Status, and send it. You will receive an automatic e-mail reply which states:

Please provide us with your entity name, address, city, state, and the Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) currently used for filing wage statements or quarterly reports with the IRS.
Once it has been verified that this information is in the group ruling, a certification letter and attachments will be sent by PDF to your e-mail location. If there is any discrepancy with the information currently in the group ruling, an e-mail will be sent to your directly.

If there are any questions or problems, they may be addressed to:

Katharine English
Office of the Secretary
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL  60631-4101
773-380-2401 or 800-638-3522, ext. 2401
773-380-2977 fax

501c3 Certificate