About SAFE

The SAFE-Lutheran Foundation participated in Arizona’s tax credit donation program to support Christian education at elementary schools in Southern Arizona affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. This program, codified into law in 1997 under Title 43 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, allows Arizona taxpayers to donate to SAFE and then receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against their Arizona tax liability. Even 1040EZ filers can participate since there is no requirement to itemize. However, since SAFE is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, taxpayers may also be able to deduct a donation on their Federal tax returns. Click here to see 2014-2015 Scholarship Report.

In early 2017, SAFE’s board of directors voted to merge with the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization to better serve the students and parents seeking financial aid to attend our partner schools. That merger was completed at the end of June 2017 and SAFE Lutheran is no longer accepting donations for scholarships. We will expend all funds raised to date by granting scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year. Our plans are to give out all funds in 2017 and cease operating. We hope our donors continue to fund scholarships for students at our Lutheran schools through ACSTO.

Our Mission

We were dedicated to funding the education for students at schools in Southern Arizona affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We granted tuition scholarships using funds from State of Arizona tax credit donations to provide students with opportunities to grow in their Christian faith, to become fluent studying Holy Scripture as the final authority in all matters of faith and life, and receive an education that exceeds all state and national academic standards.

We advocated for Lutheran Schools because they proclaim the Gospel as part of the curriculum, teach students how to study Holy Scripture on their own, provide a well rounded education, and employ staff that care about the spiritual, emotional, cognitive, academic and physical development of each child.

Our ultimate hope and prayer is for our sponsored schools to provide students with opportunities to grow in their Christian faith, to become fluent studying Holy Scripture as the final authority in all matters of faith and life, and receive an education that exceeds all state and national academic standards.

Our Partner Schools

Ascension Lutheran School
Email: school@ascensiontucson.org
Website: www.ascensiontucson.org

Faith Lutheran School
Email: schooloffice@faith-lutheran.org
Website: www.faith-lutheran.org

Our Board Members
Rev. Luther Esala, Chairman, Messiah Lutheran Church
John Duncan, Vice Chair, Faith Lutheran Church
Judy Hughes, Secretary, Faith Lutheran Church
William (Bill) Kemp, Treasurer, Ascension Lutheran Church
LaVerne Kyriss, Marketing and publicity, Catalina Lutheran Church

Members at large:
Jim Nelson, Catalina Lutheran Church
Jim Rawlins, Risen Savior Lutheran Church
Garry McClure, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church


Our Lutheran Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), founded in 1847, is the tenth largest Protestant denomination in the United States. It is a traditional, Confessional Lutheran Church. It is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has about 2.4 million members in the United States and is affiliated with other Lutheran sister churches worldwide.