Disbursement to Recipients
Because issues may arise about the disbursement of local funds raised and Care program funds to recipients, disbursement decisions should be made before the activity. Following are some helpful guidelines.
Agree How Funds Will be Paid Before Approving Request
Before an activity/funding request is approved, the chapter, community service team and recipient must agree on how funds will be paid.
- It's acceptable and considered a best practice for chapters to pay outstanding bills directly rather than issue a check to the recipient.
- The chapter can contribute to a fund or account that is set up for the recipient. However, the chapter should not set up or administer the fund or account because chapters are not allowed to have secondary/alternate bank accounts. Donor checks can be made out to the chapter and deposited in the chapter checking account. The chapter then deposits these funds, along with any Care Abounds in Communities dollars, into the fund or account set up for the recipient. Note: In Florida and North Carolina, contributions solicited for, or accepted by or on behalf of one or more named individual persons or families must be deposited in a trust account opened by a trustee named in a properly established trust document. This is not required for funds donated to support nonprofit organizations that are not designated to help specific named persons.
Affects to Other Benefits or Assistance
Thrivent Financial and individual chapters are not experts and should not provide advice to the recipient or service team. It is the responsibility of the recipient, not the chapter or service team, to determine if the recipient can accept funds from an activity hosted by Thrivent or a Thrivent chapter.
Disbursing Funds Before Care Program Funds
There may be situations when a fund-raising recipient is in immediate need of the funds raised. Please note that it is not necessary to hold locally raised funds in your chapter checking account until supplemental funds are deposited into the account. As soon as local funds raised are deposited and you have verified that the funds are available, the chapter financial director can issue a check for the amount of local funds raised. Then a second check can be issued after the supplemental funds have been deposited.