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Habitat for Humanity receives charitable grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members vote to distribute portion of $1 million to Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA (July 26, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity International has been awarded more than $114,000 from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to continue its mission of eliminating poverty housing.

The charitable grant is part of Thrivent Financial’s inaugural “Thrivent Choice Voting Event,” which allowed its members to vote on how to distribute $1 million among 10 national charitable organizations. More than 16,000 members voted for Habitat for Humanity to receive a portion of the grant.

“Thrivent members clearly support the work of Habitat for Humanity,” said Brad Hewitt, Thrivent Financial president and chief executive officer. “We’re glad that this inaugural Thrivent Choice Voting Event can further strengthen Habitat’s efforts as it moves forward in its mission.”

Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans have been working together for more than a decade to create decent, affordable housing. The work of their recent four-year, $125 million alliance, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, was extended in 2010 when Thrivent Financial for Lutherans committed an additional $15 million to Habitat for Humanity. This partnership makes Thrivent Financial one of Habitat’s largest supporters and aims to increase Habitat’s annual house production by hundreds of U. S. homes per year and more around the world. For more information, visit www.thriventbuilds.com.

“Habitat for Humanity is thankful to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and its members for this grant,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of resource development for Habitat for Humanity International. “Thrivent Financial’s donation and continued support will help Habitat bring more families closer to owning a safe, decent and affordable home.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization that helps approximately 2.6 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. Also, you can connect with Thrivent on Facebook and Twitter.