Wisconsin Lutheran Receives $100,000 Grant to Spur Charitable Giving

Date Posted: December 12, 2007

Wisconsin Lutheran College sign snow photoMILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Lutheran College recently received a $100,000 grant to generate thousands more in financial gifts to the institution. The grant will be used to develop a broad, multi-faceted portfolio of charitable gifting communication tools, tailored to specifically address the variety in ages, wealth and interests of the WLC donor audience.

The grant is one of 62 awarded by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation as part of its $4 million Charitable Gifting Initiative program.

“We’re grateful to the Thrivent Foundation and excited about how this grant will allow us to reach current and prospective donors,” said Kris Metzger, director of planned giving for WLC. “It gives us the ability to take our communication to the next level.”

Thrivent’s 2007 Charitable Gifting Initiative grants ranged from $7,000 to $100,000. The 62 grants awarded are expected to generate a total of more than $177.6 million in immediate or deferred monetary gifts to Lutheran institutions.

“Helping organizations communicate the benefits of tax-advantaged charitable giving to their potential donors is what this grant is all about,” said Karen Coonen, executive director of the Thrivent Foundation for Lutheran Foundation. “We are delighted to support Wisconsin Lutheran College through this grant as we know it will multiply the support it receives from those who believe in its work.”

Wisconsin Lutheran College, ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation, is an independent liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.

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 programs, visit:

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