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Thrivent commits up to $2 million to Typhoon Haiyan relief

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation announced they will partner with Thrivent members to commit up to $2 million to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines through several grant programs.

Through the Thrivent Choice program, eligible Thrivent members can direct Choice Dollars to Lutheran disaster relief agencies enrolled in the program and already responding to Typhoon Haiyan. Between now and Jan. 31, 2014, Thrivent will double all Choice Dollars directed to one of those disaster relief agencies, up to a total of $500,000 of support.

The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is providing a combined $500,000 challenge matching grant to the three Lutheran disaster response agencies. The Foundation will offer a $1 match for every $2 donated and received by Dec. 31 or until the challenge amount has been met. The total potential impact of the challenge grant when combined with donations is $1.5 million. The three eligible disaster relief agencies are: Lutheran Disaster Response (ELCA), LCMS Disaster Response, and Lutheran World Relief.

"As a membership organization of Christians, we are called to help those in need around us," said Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent Financial. "We join with our members, and other Christians around the globe in sending prayers as well as monetary aide in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan."

The Thrivent Choice program is a unique member-advised charitable granting program that provides members with the opportunity to recommend where Thrivent should distribute some of its charitable outreach funds. If members are unsure about whether they are eligible for Choice Dollars, they can contact their local Thrivent Financial representative or a Member Care representative at 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and when prompted, say "Thrivent Choice."

Thrivent Financial members who want to participate in the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts can find more information at: