NEWS RELEASE - LINC Receives Thrivent Grant

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LINC Houston, Inc. receives $5,000 ‘Economic Bridge Grant’

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation grant aids efforts to support basic needs in community

MINNEAPOLIS (October 27, 2011) – LINC Houston, Houston, TX, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge Grant” from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to LINC Houston based on its mission, financial stability, effectiveness in addressing basic needs such as food, clothing or shelter, use of volunteers and creativity.

LNC Houston was one of 81 Lutheran organizations and congregations selected to receive funding as part of the final phase of this pilot program. Organizations receiving the grant were also eligible to participate in an additional $10,000 challenge grant in which funds raised by the organization would be matched by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation dollar for dollar.  To date, the Economic Outreach Bridge Grant pilot has provided support to 217 ministries resulting in approximately 2.9 million dollars in grants and funds raised.

“Difficult economic conditions and high unemployment rates have caused many Americans to seek support for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter from local nonprofits,” said Kathy Larson, grants program manager for the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. “This grant pilot was designed to help effective organizations maintain their financial stability in the face of increased demand on their resources.”

“This is incredibly exciting for our missionary leaders and their congregations.  Thanks to Thrivent Financial, they will now have the opportunity to expand their ministry to the needs of the community.” said Rev. David Kim, Mission Director, LINC Houston.

About the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation

Founded in 1982, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation that operates exclusively for charitable, educational and religious purposes. It supports the health and vitality of the Lutheran community, the Fox Cities of Wisconsin and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Grants are provided for projects and missions that reflect Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable interests. The primary charitable interest of the foundation is assisting nonprofit organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. To learn more about the foundation and its programs, visit: www.thrivent.com/foundations.

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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