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Our history: A century of putting people first

Founded on shared beliefs, Thrivent has been helping others live more generous lives while guiding them on their financial path.
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Humble origins: Founded on $5 contributions
Five-hundred founding members contribute $5 each to mutually support one another, and Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) is born.

AAL (one of the companies that merged to form Thrivent) expands to serve women, 15 years before women were allowed to vote in the U.S.

Lutheran Brotherhood (LB) is founded. LB merged with AAL to form Thrivent in 2002.
Adding product offerings to meet our clients’ needs
Lutheran Brotherhood introduces a loan program for churches and farms.

AAL begins to offer annuities.

Lutheran Brotherhood introduces health insurance.

Lutheran Brotherhood becomes the first fraternal benefit society to introduce mutual funds.
An era of financial innovation and growth
1983 and 1984
AAL sells more universal life certificates than any other U.S. insurer.

Lutheran Brotherhood launches long-term-care products due to concerns about rising costs; AAL begins offering banking services to clients; AAL becomes the 25th largest life insurance organization in U.S.

AAL mutual funds hit $2 billion in assets eight years after launch—far exceeding the goal of $400 million by six years after launch.
Founding companies merge to deliver clients more value
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans begins operations after the merger of Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans.

Thrivent creates Thrivent Choice®, the only financial services organization to offer such a program.

Thrivent is named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for the first time—and has been recognized every year since.*
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Common bond extended to serve all Christians
Thrivent members vote to extend our common bond to help all Christians achieve financial clarity.

Thrivent launches Thrivent Action Teams, a unique offering within the financial services industry. Thrivent also introduces Thrivent Member Networks as a network of local communities to help clients make the most of all they’ve been given.
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2020s: Evolving for future growth
The financial services landscape is changing and Thrivent is evolving into a more diversified, holistic financial services organization. With a higher purpose at our core, we continue our legacy of generosity while expanding our range of financial offerings to help more people achieve financial clarity—so they can live lives full of meaning and gratitude.
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The Thrivent Choice® charitable grant program engages Thrivent clients with Membership and Thrivent Member Networks in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent's mission and its purposes under state law. All grant decisions, including grant recipients and amounts, are made at the sole discretion of Thrivent. Directing Choice Dollars® is subject to the program's terms and conditions available at