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Thrivent deepens relationship with Habitat for Humanity

Building, financial relationship to become largest of its kind for global nonprofit

AMERICUS, Ga. and MINNEAPOLIS (May 13, 2005) – Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are expanding their relationship to create the largest homebuilding and fund-raising program of its kind in Habitat’s nearly 30-year history.

The new program includes:
- A joint major homebuilding initiative that may provide as many as 500 additional Habitat homes annually for families living in substandard housing;
- An innovative Thrivent Financial member-fund matching program that will help fuel Habitat builds;
- Lutheran congregation/Habitat Global Village trips designed to engage Thrivent Financial members and Lutheran congregations in building homes abroad; and
- Neighborhood improvement grants to focus efforts in areas with critical need.

Over the coming years, Thrivent Financial and its members anticipate contributing millions of dollars and many thousands of volunteer hours to strengthen families and communities and provide decent, affordable housing for families.

“We are ecstatic that Thrivent Financial has so dramatically increased its relationship with us,” said Paul Leonard, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity International. “For 14 years, Thrivent Financial has joined us in our dream to change lives by building affordable homes with families in need. This partnership brings both financial support and volunteers to help us increase our capacity and serve even more families. It’s a great program for both organizations.”

The deepened relationship is part of Thrivent Financial’s mission as a fraternal benefit society to improve the quality of life of its members, their families and their communities. “This effort will help build homes, one of the most important assets for families and communities,” said Bruce Nicholson, president and chief executive officer of Thrivent Financial.

“Decent housing is recognized as the most significant financial asset that helps families into the economic mainstream and leads to stronger communities. Our increased involvement with Habitat signifies our desire to make an even larger impact on society by working with Habitat to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing. This effort will involve our many members and employees who currently volunteer for Habitat and encourage many more to get engaged in their communities. This effort will enable Lutherans to demonstrate their care and concern for others and make a big difference in society.”

Thrivent Financial and its members have worked with Habitat for Humanity since 1991. Together, they have built more than 500 homes, raised more than $25 million and contributed more than 1.4 million volunteer hours in homebuilding time.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization helping nearly three million members achieve financial security. As a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and needy individuals. Thrivent Financial has main offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Appleton, Wisconsin. For more information, visit