Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation’s Typhoon Haiyan challenge matching grant met

MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 2013) – The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation has announced that the $500,000 challenge matching grant has been met through the generosity of Thrivent members and others. The Foundation matched $1 for every $2 donated and received by Lutheran disaster response agencies, leading to a total of more than $1.5 million for the relief efforts in the Philippines.

Grants will be provided to the following Lutheran disaster response agencies: Lutheran Disaster Response (ELCA), LCMS Disaster Response, Lutheran World Relief, and WELS Christian Aid and Relief.

“The worldwide response to this tragedy was remarkable and humbling,” said Laurie Wilkinson, director of church relations at Thrivent Financial. “The outpouring of generosity helped quickly reach the goal of the foundation’s challenge matching grant.”

The work in the Philippines will continue for many years, and Thrivent encourages others to continue to give to this effort. The Lutheran disaster response agencies will use the funds raised for ongoing support through the many months and years to come.

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The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. As a 501(c)(3) organization with its own board of trustees, the foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes and makes grants and gifts to 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. The foundation does not provide grants to individuals. To learn more about the foundation and its grant programs, visit:

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