From left, Jeanie Lovell, director of corporate and foundation relations and campaign co-director; Keith Christensen, vice president for Development; Luther President Richard Torgerson; Jeffrey Olinger, Thrivent Financial representative; and Ann Sponberg Peterson, director of Development, principal gifts. (Submitted photo)
Luther College recently received a $19,500 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.
The grant enables the college to conduct a series of focus groups, called "listening posts," in cities throughout the United States to gather firsthand feedback from key constituents regarding Luther's recent comprehensive campaign and future efforts to strengthen a culture of philanthropy.
"Luther is proud to be among the small percentage of organizations that formally evaluate our campaign efforts," said Keith Christensen, vice president for development.
"As we conclude the Sesquicentennial Fund and prepare for the upcoming presidential transition, the listening posts funded by the Thrivent grant will provide an excellent opportunity to glean firsthand feedback from alumni, parents and friends around the country. Thanks to Thrivent's generous grant support, Luther can both assess our past efforts and position the college for the future."
The proposed listening posts will be held in conjunction with a series of stewardship events that celebrate the campaign's success and honor the Torgerson presidency.
"We are delighted to assist Luther College through this grant," said Tim Schwan, vice president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. "We trust that this support will strengthen Luther's outreach to those it serves."
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. In 2011, the program distributed more than $2 million through 44 separate grants.
An ELCA-affiliated college, Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa institution acclaimed as one of the outstanding liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Home to 2,473 undergraduates from 38 states and 47 countries, Luther offers students of all backgrounds a dynamic and supportive academic community rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition.
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.