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ELCA Youth Ministry Network receives grant to develop organizational sustainability

15 Jul 2013 1:07 PM | Todd Buegler (Administrator)


APPLETON, Wis. (July 11, 2013) – The ELCA Youth Ministry Network recently received a $47,000 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The grant will fund the implementation of a long-term plan to strengthen the Network’s financial sustainability.

“We are really grateful for Thrivent’s support. This grant is an investment in the Network to help us implement a plan that will grow the organization and connect with even larger numbers of adults who work in faith formation with children, youth and their families.” said Todd Buegler, executive director of the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.

“We are delighted to assist the ELCA Youth Ministry Network through this grant, said Tim Schwan, vice president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. “We trust that this support will strengthen the Network’s ministry 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.

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.

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is a grassroots organization of adult ministry leaders who focus on faith formation with children, youth and families in ELCA congregations throughout the church. The Network seeks to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal, continuing education and networking. More information about the Network can be found at

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. To learn more about the foundation and its grant programs, visit:

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security 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 creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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