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Evan Moilan Named Chief Development Officer to Lead LSS Expansion


Evan Moilan has been selected for a key leadership position at Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS). As chief development officer (CDO), Moilan will be responsible for all the fundraising, development, and planned giving activities of this 132-year-old social services agency, headquartered in Austin, TX.

According to Dr. Kurt Senske, chief executive officer of LSS, “We created the position to help build the agency’s visibility, impact expanding community and church relationships, and implement an agency-wide fundraising plan to involve a greater number of people as the agency grows.”

Moilan has most recently served as executive director of the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest (LFSW), an organization that provides estate planning services for its clients. His background includes serving as a philanthropic advisor for Lutheran World Relief, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries, and vice president of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod. Moilan has served on multiple national and regional boards for Lutheran organizations, including LSS, and was the director of the Lutheran Campus Center at Arizona State University.

“It is a blessing to serve LSS, a well-established agency that provides so many vital, high-quality services that touches many lives,” said Moilan. “The need for these programs is greater than ever and its success will depend on the generosity of others. Together we can all make a difference.”

Moilan will work closely with Dr. Senske, president and chief operating officer Betsy Guthrie, chief financial officer Michael Loo, and senior vice president of Agency Advancement David Kahle, in executing strategies of the agency, and assessing and overseeing capital campaigns.

Additionally, Kahle has added special assistant to the CEO for Strategic Future Initiatives to his title, and will design and implement all aspects of a comprehensive planned giving program, including the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of planned gifts and marketing of gift-planning vehicles. As special assistant, Kahle will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing endowment and deferred giving programs.

“We project that the amount raised by the agency via planned giving will increase in future years and we expect David Kahle to strengthen LSS’s overall planned giving capacity,” said Dr. Senske. “Both Evan Moilan and David Kahle share extensive philanthropic backgrounds that complement the requirements of our agency, as we develop our vision for the future of LSS.”

Lutheran Social Services is a nonprofit organization serving more than 26,000 children, elderly, and poor in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma annually. LSS is the largest provider of children’s residential care in Texas. LSS programs include Foster In Texas (FIT), Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas (LAST), three children’s residential facilities in Texas, plus charter school services, senior retirement communities, disaster response, and emergency assistance.

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