Nancy Ackerman and California Lutheran Homes Honored

On November’s National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter, a group of non-profit organizations and consulting firms throughout the Valley, honored Los Angeles individuals, organizations, and businesses for giving their time, talents, and resources for the enrichment and benefit of their communities.

Honorees included California Lutheran Home and Community Services (Outstanding Foundation) and Nancy Ackerman, CLH’s President and Chief Executive Officer (Outstanding Fundraising Professional).

California Lutheran Homes and community services, founded in 1948, provides funding and other assistance for those in need of housing and human services through partnerships with churches, community-based organizations, and social agencies. Their emphasis includes affordable housing and legacy funding for seniors, services, support, and housing for former foster youth, and support for Lutheran organizations including the Southwest California Synod.

Nancy Ackerman, who has served on the CLH board since 2019, was previously Executive Assistant to SWCA Synod Bishop Emeritus Dean Nelson, overseeing corporate operations, fiduciary stewardship, governance, policy administration, and personnel management. She has over 30 years of management and fundraising experience in religious, education, arts, and health and human services sectors.

California Lutheran Homes and Community Service, under Nancy’s leadership, is partnering with Living the Resurrection – a program developed by former DEM Pastor Marj Funk-Pihl with the support of the SWCA Synod - to make 18-month programs accessible to small-to-medium-sized congregations in Southern California.

You can find out about Living the Resurrection programs and partnership with CLH below.


The 18-month Living the Resurrection program provides eight workshops over 18 months to help congregations discern where God is building connections, along with developing momentum for change. To find out more about the process, please visit the LtR website.


If you are curious about the Living the Resurrection process and want to learn more, you can find information about the opportunities available listed on the website.

Exploration Workshops

Three exploration workshops (two in-person and one online) will be offered in November, December and January to allow participants to discover the outline of the Living the Resurrection process and practice a couple of its foundational skills. You will go home knowing enough to decide if NOW is the time for your congregation to begin Living the Resurrection. For the dates and locations, look under “Upcoming Events” on the home page and select the one you are interested in attending.

Questions about Living the Resurrection?

Contact Pastor Marj Funk-Pihl at

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