Lutheran Services in America Successfully Meets Thrivent Financial Foundation’s $50,000 Challenge Grant

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is thrilled to announce that it has met the Thrivent Financial Foundation's (Thrivent) Challenge Grant for the LSA 20-500 Fund, a three-year fundraising campaign commemorating and building towards LSA's 20th anniversary and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Thrivent's Challenge Grant matched $1 for every $1 raised from individual donors up to $25,000. Upon successful completion of the Challenge, Thrivent generously made a second grant of $25,000 to the LSA 20-500 Fund. 

LSA extends a special thank you to its faithful friends and supporters, who together made it possible to meet Thrivent's Challenge in the first year of the campaign – well before the June 30, 2017 deadline! The LSA 20-500 Fund represents LSA's first multi-year fundraising campaign. Support from the LSA 20-500 Fund makes it possible to expand the reach of Lutheran social ministry and secure the life-changing work of the LSA network for generations to come. 

"We are deeply grateful to Thrivent for its longtime partnership and ongoing support and to our friends and supporters," said Charlotte Haberaecker, President & CEO of LSA. "Thrivent's Challenge Grant inspires the broad base of support LSA needs to be able to grow programs and bring resources to our nationwide network of Lutheran social ministries, who walk alongside our neighbors in need every day, touching the lives of 1 in 50 people every year."   

"We celebrate LSA's success in completing this challenge," said Karen Himle, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Thrivent. "We appreciate the important work of Lutheran social ministry organizations and are pleased to have had the opportunity to fortify the future of the LSA network through this grant."

For more information about the LSA 20-500 Fund, please visit

About Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. The LSA network is ranked at #20 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups and has a combined revenue of $21 billion. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit

About the Thrivent Financial Foundation
The Thrivent Financial Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial. 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:

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide.

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