Getting started

We are here to serve you and carry out your giving goals—goals that reflect your life experiences, values, and passions.

The following questions are designed to provide insight into the giving decisions reflected in your fund. Your responses will also help guide Thrivent Charitable and successor advisors should a recommended charity cease to exist or change its mission so that we can carry out your giving intentions far into the future.

Complete your giving plan

In our role as steward, we perform due diligence on all grants we distribute. We believe that learning more about charities and their work leads to more informed and thoughtful giving decisions; and being an informed and thoughtful giver will result in more effective grants to help charities advance their work. To support and encourage donor research, we suggest you to use the resources below to gather information about specific charities you wish to support, and learn more about charitable giving. 

Charity Navigator 

Charity Navigator is America's largest evaluator of charities. Their rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's financial health - how responsibly it functions day-to-day, as well as how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time. Each charity is then awarded an overall rating, ranging from zero to four stars.


With free registration, you can view information on all 1.7 million nonprofits listed with GuideStar; all are formally registered with the IRS or have proven they meet all IRS criteria for exempt organizations.

We offer these resources to help you make the most of your giving, now and long into the future. 
Through this plan, you also have an opportunity to tell the story of what is central to what you believe and influence the world around us.
Your answers to the these questions provide insight to your giving decisions and help guide us and your successor advisors so we can carry out your giving intentions far into the future.
Your letter to the future is about sharing your giving story in words. It’s a way to tell family, friends and future generations about your giving goals and vision so that your generosity can continue to inspire others. 
We encourage you to revisit your charitable fund(s) every quarter by completing this form and discussing it with your financial professional. You may also consider discussing it with your family and friends. 
Read the stories of others and be inspired by ideas how to involve family and friends in your charitable giving.

Our women giving resources serve women who are bold in their faith, generous in their giving and passionate about achieving long-term change. Resources includes scholarships, investments and giving circles.

WomenInvest portfolio 

For donors who want to change women's lives through their charitable fund's investment.

For extraordinary women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate, and activate.
Create a giving circle: a network of individuals committed to making a difference in our shared community.

Personalized service

Thrivent Charitable's donor services department is here to help make the most of your giving donor servicesplans. 

Contact us to schedule a personal visit or phone review of your charitable fund for any of the following: 

  • Recommend new grants from your fund, check the status of a grant request, or request that a grant be expedited;
  • Create or refine your giving goals;
  • Update your fund with new beneficiaries, advisors, or contingencies;
  • Research charities match with your charitable goals and values;
  • Verify charities eligible to receive support from your fund;
  • Follow-up with charities on how grant support was used;
  • Discuss unique grantmaking scenarios (i.e., international grants); or
  • Connect you to a Gift Planner to make additional gifts to your fund.

We’re here to serve you. To speak with a member of our donor services team, contact us at email or 800-365-4172.