Frequently Asked Questions

About Concordia Gospel Outreach

[fa icon="plus-square"] What is CGO’s connection with Concordia Publishing House?

CGO is the charity arm of Concordia Publishing House. CPH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that publishes Bibles, Sunday School and day school curriculum, Vacation Bible School materials, and Bible-based books and supporting material. All of the books that CGO sends around the world are published by CPH. 

[fa icon="plus-square"] How do you choose what organizations to send books to?

The CGO team works with the leadership at Concordia Publishing House to select organizations to partner with and to choose which resources will be sent to meet outreach needs.

In order to receive resources, organizations must be focused on sharing the Good News of Jesus and must have a complete and measurable plan for using the resources that are donated. Resources donated by Concordia Gospel Outreach must be used for strengthening the faith of current Christians or sharing the Gospel with people who have never heard it before. In order to maximize the reach and impact of the resources, we give priority to projects that have the potential to reach larger numbers of people.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Where are resources being sent?

CGO sends resources to support mission programs around the world and throughout the United States.

Since 2011, our resources have been delivered in 41 countries, including the US. Here are some of the places we’ve been to recently:

Donations

[fa icon="plus-square"] How can I financially support CGO’s ministry?

Thank you for partnering with us to share God’s life-saving Word! You can donate in the following ways:

Submit your donation online >

Mail a Check or Cash

Concordia Gospel Outreach

3558 South Jefferson Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63118

Donate While Shopping

  • Donate some spare change! Round up your order to the next dollar amount when shopping with Concordia Publishing House (CPH), the parent organization that houses and provides materials to CGO.
  • Add a larger donation to your CPH order. Learn more >
  • Add Concordia Publishing House as your charity on AmazonSmile. Learn more >

Call to Donate

1.800.325.3040

Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent Financial members can recommend that Thrivent donate funds to Concordia Publishing House. Learn more >

Please also consider becoming a regular monthly donor, leaving a legacy gift to CGO, or including CGO in your gift planning. If you have more questions about giving to CGO, please contact us at cgo@cph.org.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Is my donation to Concordia Gospel Outreach tax deductible?

Yes. Gift receipts will be emailed to individuals who give online. For donations given by phone or mail, gift receipts will be issued when a name and return address are provided.

If your donation is larger than $50, we will also send you a tax receipt in January for the previous calendar year.

[fa icon="plus-square"] How much of my donation is used for sending books, and how much is used for overhead and operating expenses?

100% of your donation goes directly toward our efforts to send Bible-based books around the globe. When you donate using a credit card, a small percentage is removed for processing fees and the rest goes to CGO.

Getting Involved

[fa icon="plus-square"] How can I or my church get involved in CGO’s ministry?
  • First and foremost: Pray. Please pray for the safety of the people delivering the books and for the hearts and minds of those who receive them.
  • Start a fundraising project in your community. For example, consider making CGO the recipient of your offerings for a week. Learn more about donation options >
  • Share your stories. Whether you are already involved in a project with CGO or are interested in doing one, tell us about it! Email us at cgo@cph.org, or share your stories with us on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Keep up with our blog to see the incredible work God is doing around the world through your support. Visit the CGO blog >
[fa icon="plus-square"] May my organization request materials to support our ministry?

Yes! We are very interested in learning about your ministry and how CGO can help it.

If you would like to apply, please send the following information to cgo@cph.org:

  • The name of your organization or church
  • Your contact information
  • Why you are seeking a donation
  • Who the targeted population is that will be served by your mission work
  • When and where the mission work will take place
  • A description of the types of resources you are seeking

You should receive a reply within 3–5 business days.

After your mission work is complete, we may ask for photos and a description of your work so we can share your story with our donors.

[fa icon="plus-square"] Does Concordia Gospel Outreach accept used materials for redistribution?

We are no longer accepting used materials. However, we do encourage you to either share used materials with ministry programs in your community or to properly recycle them.