St. Croix Lutheran receives grants to assist with gift planning

Published Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:30am



Kristina Lewerenz,, 651-455-1521 ext. 101

Dave Rustad,, 612-844-7037, 612-240-2264 (cell)

St. Croix Lutheran receives grants to assist with gift planning   

Thrivent Financial Foundation funding to assist school in engaging donors

MINNEAPOLIS (April 21, 2015) – St. Croix Lutheran School, West Saint Paul, Minn., recently received a $7,500 immediate grant and a $10,000 two-to-one challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial Foundation. Both grants support the school’s Mission Advancement Gift Planning Project designed to help the school connect with donors and prospective donors. 

 “Thrivent Financial has been an incredible supporter of St. Croix Lutheran for many years. In 2004, Thrivent granted $100K to fund a new position in Mission Advancement, and St. Croix Lutheran receives funding each year through local Thrivent chapters, local financial representatives, and the Thrivent Choice program. We are grateful for their continued support.” Dr. Gene Pfeifer, President, St. Croix Lutheran.  

“We are delighted to assist St. Croix Lutheran through these grants, said Laurie Wilkinson, director of Church Relations at Thrivent Financial. “We trust that this funding will allow even more people to become aware of and support the exciting ministry that is taking place at the school.”

The grant is part of the foundation’s Lutheran Grant Program. This program is designed to assist Lutheran organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability

Eligible grant applicants include: Lutheran congregations, regional divisions of the three largest church bodies, small church bodies, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, camps, campus ministries, social ministry organizations and other independent Lutheran organizations or institutions.

St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 is a private, Christian middle school and high school in West St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Croix Lutheran’s excellent college-preparatory curriculum, award-winning co-curricular programs, global perspective, and on-site dormitory serving students from 17 countries and five continents worldwide, make St. Croix Lutheran the global leader in Christian education.

About the Thrivent Financial Foundation

The Thrivent Financial Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial. 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 grant programs, visit:

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit

Thrivent Financial is the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, Wis.

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Image: Pictured from left to right: Stacy Nystrom (Partner, Thrivent Financial), Mikeya Griffin (Manager of Community Engagement, Eastern MN & Northwest WI Region, Thrivent Financial), Bruce Baumeister (Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial), Dr. Gene Pfeifer (President, St. Croix Lutheran), Greg Schuyler (Mission Advancement Director, St. Croix Lutheran)



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