Thrivent has been a premier member for the past five years because we wanted to support the nonprofit community in North County. With a small employee matching grant from corporate, for two years we helped cover the membership fee for some new organizations to join NCPC. It’s been great seeing NCPC more than double their membership over the past decade, and become a vital part of North County.
I’m proud of the NCPC meeting in September 2018 where we hosted an Action Team volunteer event. We stuffed nearly 50 backpacks for students with back-to-school materials, much of which was donated by NCPC members. At that same meeting, we met Beth and Brad Thorp, who have become good friends and clients. Covid has changed how involved our local Thrivent team is out in the community, and we look forward to reconnecting with NCPC and other events such as the Wounded Warrior Homes golf tourney, where we recently sponsored and participated.
As the nation’s leading fraternal benefit society, Thrivent provides insurance, investments, and advice to Christians. Thrivent’s mission is to help Christians be wise with money and live generously. My personal mission is to connect good people with great ideas to bless the lives of people in our community. I love helping my clients make wise financial decisions, and it’s gratifying to see them volunteer for projects and support local nonprofits.
One proud accomplishment that happened this year is that a Thrivent member coordinated the 1 millionth Action Team volunteer project. In 2022, Thrivent members performed more than 12 million volunteer hours, and helped to direct more than $60 million through the Thrivent Choice program to nonprofits.
Personally, this year was special as I celebrated my 30th anniversary with Thrivent last November, and my 30th anniversary to my wife Valerie in May.