The guidelines below are intended as general information only. Never guarantee that contributions made by an individual will be tax-deductible. Chapters should advise individuals to consult their tax preparers, accountants, attorneys or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
A contribution or gift made directly to a Thrivent chapter or to Thrivent Builds can be deductible only if it is made by an individual, and it is used exclusively for one of the following purposes listed by the Internal Revenue Code:
- Prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Corporations (non-individuals) cannot deduct contributions (cash or gifts) made to fraternal benefit societies (chapters) which are exempt from federal income tax under IRS Code Section 501(c)(8), for fund-raisers or other purposes.
If a non-individual wants a tax deduction, and the recipient is a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), the donation can be directly made to the organization. Example: If the recipient of a chapter activity is the local YMCA, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the non-individual should make the check payable directly to the recipient organization and not the chapter.
Remember, these are guidelines only. Always remind donors to seek the advice of their tax preparers on whether a contribution is tax-deductible.
Contributions to individuals are not tax-deductible. Donors should not direct the chapter to use their charitable contribution to benefit a specific person or family. It is helpful for the donor to make it clear that a contribution to a chapter is intended to be used for tax-deductible purposes only. A donor can restrict the use of a donation to a chapter by writing "for charitable purposes only" on the check memo line.