Thrivent Financial supports April 9 Women, Faith and Finance event

March 24, 2010

The Greater Iowa Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Johnston, Iowa, has awarded $1,000 to Luther College as part of Thrivent Financial’s regional Lutheran relations program.

The funding will be used to underwrite Luther’s sixth annual “Women, Faith and Finance” program keynote speaker Jenny Norris Peterson, a philanthropic advisor for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

The one-day educational seminar provides women of all ages an opportunity to learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving. The event will be held Friday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa.

It is part of Decorah’s annual Women’s Weekend Out.

Keynote speaker Peterson will present “Women’s Philanthropy: A Heart and Soul Story of Generosity.” Blending personal stories with the most current research, Peterson speaks from the heart to inspire and motivate women to embrace the role of philanthropy.

The program will also include concurrent sessions led by area professionals on topics such as college savings strategies, life planning tools, investing, and budgeting. The event will conclude with a presentation addressing local and national impact of the current economy.

“Thrivent Financial seeks to help the Lutheran community in various ways,” said Kate Rattenborg, Thrivent Financial Associate in Decorah. “Thrivent Financial’s regional Lutheran relations program seeks to enhance Lutheran events, build mutually beneficial relationships and help fund projects and educational opportunities that support and contribute to the health and vitality of the Lutheran community.”

Organizations eligible to receive Thrivent Financial regional Lutheran relations grants include congregations, congregation coalitions, regional divisions of the three largest church bodies, small church bodies, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, and independent nonprofit organizations.

To register for “Women, Faith and Finance,” call the Luther College Development Office at 563-387-1862 or go on-line at http://www.luther.edu/wff. Registration forms are also available at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce.

Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 1. For additional information, contact Jeanie Lovell, program director, at lovellje@luther.edu.

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping nearly 3 million members achieve their financial goals 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 sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need.  For more information, visit www.thrivent.com.

Photo caption: Kate Rattenborg, Thrivent Financial representative, recently presented a grant check from Thrivent Financial’s Regional Lutheran Relations program to the advisory group for the Women, Faith, and Finance educational seminar in Decorah. Advisory group members include (left to right) Jeanie Lovell, Luther College; Julie Strom Hendrickson, Decorah Lutheran Church; Rattenborg; Jim Anderson, Luther College; Michelle Einck, Glenwood Lutheran Church; and Lynn Monroe, Aase Haugen Homes.