Locally Supported Activities
Locally supported activities are fund-raising, administrative, educational, member social and charitable activities (e.g., chapter meetings and elections, etc.) hosted by Thrivent service teams that do not use funds from the chapter Care Abounds in Communities® program. They may use chapter operating funds.
Why Reporting is Necessary
Reporting locally supported chapter activities can help protect Thrivent's special tax-exempt status.
Chapter volunteerism is a major reason why the federal and state governments have granted Thrivent tax-exemptions. Elected officials have historically recognized that we use tax-exempt resources to meet critical community needs more effectively than government programs ever could. And it's those tax-exempt resources that fund the chapter system.
Reporting locally supported chapter activities helps draw a more complete picture of our organization's volunteer impact. We notice what our volunteers are doing in your suburb or city, county and region and in your state. The information reported tells a story and creates a positive impression for those watching. Every dollar raised and every single volunteer hour worked makes a difference!
The following requirements must be met for reporting a locally supported chapter activity:
- Reasonable notice must be given to chapter members about the time and place of the activity so they have the opportunity to participate.
- The community service team must publicly identify it as a Thrivent Financial chapter-hosted activity (e.g., hosted by members of the ABC Chapter of Thrivent Financial, hosted by the ABC Chapter of Thrivent Financial).
- Receipts for expenses must be provided to the chapter leadership board.
Important: Ongoing church activities (church meetings, funeral dinners, wedding receptions, Sunday coffee hours) are not eligible to be entered as locally supported activities unless the requirements above are met. (These activities normally occur without Thrivent members coming together as a service team to plan, coordinate and host the activity and it wouldn't be appropriate to publicize the event as a chapter-sponsored activity.)
Tips for Reporting
Locally supported chapter activities can be reported online by chapter leaders (via Chapter Leadership Administration), Community Engagement Team staff and Member Connection Center staff. For more information on how to report locally supported activities online, see the How to Report Locally Supported Activities quick reference guide (Link opens in new window) (PDF, 234K).
The following information must be reported: Activity information (e.g., date, name and description), activity results (e.g., volunteer hours, attendance) and contact information (person, phone and email).