Thrivent Action Teams

Make a difference in your community, with your community

Supporting your community is easy with Thrivent Action Teams. Apply to lead a group in a fundraiser, educational event or service activity. Then, gather a team of volunteers to make an impact together. Thrivent provides a customized kit of resources to get you started. Your team provides the passion to bring it to life.

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How to Launch Your
Thrivent Action Team

Get Inspired

Visit the Thrivent Action Teams Hub for ideas, information and more.

Go to Hub

Apply to Lead

Submit an application by logging into your Thrivent account.

Apply Now

Receive Your Kit

Get customized resources that'll put you on the path to success.

Take Action

Bring together your team to bring your project to life.

Share Your Impact

Share the results and impact of the project you led in your community.

Submit Report

Your Kit

Once your project application is approved, you'll receive a package of customized resources and tools to kick-start your project. Boxes may include:

  • A pennant banner.
  • Thank-you cards, name tags and stickers.
  • Thrivent Action Team T-shirts.
  • A Community Impact Card with funds up to $250.

Save time and increase impact with these digital tools included in your kit:

  • Digital thank-you notes to send after your event.
  • A personalized project webpage to share with your community.
  • Photo upload to collect and share photos.
  • An RSVP feature to invite friends and family to volunteer alongside you.
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Set up for success – from beginning to end

Explore these helpful resources to discover practical tips and tools for project success.

  • Plan Your Project

    Plan Your Project

    Use checklists and worksheets to brainstorm, set goals and cover details.

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    Watch this video to learn more about the Thrivent Action Team application and report as well as what information you will need to complete both.

  • Promote Your Project

    Promote Your Project

    Discover creative ways to spread the word about your passion project.

  • Helpful Guidelines

    Helpful Guidelines

    Involve Others
    Bring together a volunteer team of friends, family and people in your community to make a greater impact. Remember, we want you and your team to take action within the community rather than directly giving or granting the Community Impact Card to the organization you are supporting.

    One Team, One Project
    Multiple clients cannot apply to receive a Thrivent Action Kit to be used for the same project.

    Share Your Success
    Share your stories, photos and volunteer team info with us after your event. This must be completed before applying to lead your next Thrivent Action Team.

    Generosity in Action
    The Community Impact Card is meant to kickstart your project, but you and your volunteer team make the real impact. Make sure that your project includes a generosity activity (not just purchasing items).

  • For Churches & Organizations

    Lead your community into action

    Know any Thrivent clients in your circle? Eligible clients can apply to lead a Thrivent Action Team and receive tools for kickstarting a project within your church or organization.

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      Share about Thrivent Action Teams with your church or community.

    Connect with your local Thrivent Member Network with questions or partnership opportunities.

    Find Your Network

Questions? We're here to help.

  • General

    General

    Which Thrivent clients are eligible to lead Thrivent Action Teams?
    All Thrivent clients with membership are eligible to lead a Thrivent Action Team. However, the number of teams each client can lead per year depends on membership type. Clients with benefit membership are eligible to lead two Thrivent Action Teams per calendar year, and clients with associate membership are eligible to lead one per calendar year.

    Eligibility for Thrivent Action Teams is based on mutuality between Thrivent and its clients. By owning insurance products, clients with benefit membership contribute to the tax-exempt funds that are needed to operate Thrivent's client activities. Thrivent recognizes that contribution by allowing clients with benefit membership the opportunity to lead additional Thrivent Action Teams.

    How old do I need to be to lead a Thrivent Action Team?
    The minimum age to lead a Thrivent Action Team is 16 years old.

    Should I purchase or retain insurance or annuity products so I can lead more Thrivent Action Teams?
    No. Thrivent has many unique advantages as a fraternal benefit society, including our ability to make a positive impact with clients in their communities and congregations. While we want everyone to experience giving back through Thrivent Action Teams, you should never purchase or retain any insurance or annuity products simply to lead a Thrivent Action Team. You should only purchase and keep the insurance and annuity products that best meet the financial security needs of you and your family.

    I need inspiration! Where can I find ideas on leading a Thrivent Action Team?
    The Thrivent Action Teams Hub is a digital platform where clients have shared their amazing projects. Spend some time exploring others' projects for inspiration. The Generosity Starts Here document also provides great ideas to get you started!

    Can my fundraiser, service activity or educational project support any organization?
    We love seeing our clients support an organization or a cause they are passionate about! Remember, we want you and your team to take action within the community rather than directly giving or granting the Community Impact Card to the organization you are supporting. To see if a project can be associated with a specific organization, you can search organizations in the Thrivent Choice® catalog. Organizations eligible for Thrivent Choice may be eligible for Thrivent Action Teams.

    How do I know my project idea is a good fit for the program?
    If you can answer "yes" to all of the following questions, a Thrivent Action Team would likely work well for your project.

    • Does the project benefit the community where you live, work or worship? Thrivent Action Teams are not intended to be self-benefiting for you or your immediate family.
    • Will you, the client applying, actively contribute to the success of the project? Thrivent Action Teams should not be "donated" to others for implementation. We want our client leaders to be actively participating in the generosity of this program.
    • Are you and your volunteers contributing time and talent to make a difference in your community? If there is no volunteer activity involved, and you're instead looking for a gifting/granting program, you can make an online personal donation to enrolled organizations through the Thrivent Choice program. Thrivent covers the processing fees, which means 100% of your donation goes to help. And, if eligible, you can direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.
    • Are you the only client kickstarting this specific project through a Thrivent Action Team? We want to ensure generosity is spread in our clients' communities. Thrivent Action Teams are meant to kickstart a generosity project and shouldn't be combined with other clients' projects to fund the entirety of a single large project.
  • Before Your Project

    Before Your Project

    How long does the application process take?
    You'll submit your application a minimum of 14 days prior to your project start date (but no more than 120 days prior) to allow us enough time to review your application and send your Thrivent Action Kit to your doorstep. While you're waiting for your kit, use that time to plan and recruit volunteers for your project.

    How do I apply? How can I find information on my current/previous Thrivent Action Teams?
    First, log in to your Thrivent account. Then you may submit your application. You can also find information about your current or previous Thrivent Action Teams.

    How will I know if my Thrivent Action Team is approved?
    You will receive an email within five business days indicating whether your Thrivent Action Team application was approved, or we need more information.

    If you haven't received your approval email, try the following:

    • Check your email's spam folder.
    • Log in to My Thrivent and follow the link beneath the Account Summary to ensure your project was submitted and is not in "draft" status.
    • If you've emailed your project to yourself, be sure that you've clicked the "send" button – this makes your application officially complete.

    How and when will I receive my kit?
    Upon shipment, you'll receive an email with your kit's tracking number within five business days after approval. Depending on your geographical location, the Thrivent Action Team Kit will be delivered seven to 14 days after the approval of your application. Please allow an additional five days for delivery to a P.O. Box. If you're located in Hawaii or Alaska, we do our best to ship quickly through priority mail, but it may take longer for your kit to reach your doorstep.

  • During Your Project

    During Your Project

    How should I use the Community Impact Card?
    Thrivent has a responsibility as a fraternal benefit society to show how and where our funds are used to impact the communities where clients live, work and worship. As part of this responsibility, the funds you receive need to be spent in alignment with the project for which you originally applied.

    Your Community Impact Card can be used like a normal credit card virtually anywhere VISA is accepted to pay for expenses related to your project or activity. Just like a normal credit card has spending limits, so does the Community Impact Card. Use the expense tracker on page 3 of the Leader Guidebook to track your purchases so they do not exceed $250 or the card will be declined.

    Be sure to verify that the merchant accepts VISA credit cards, as Thrivent will not reimburse you for any charges you pay for with your own money, check or credit card.

    Are there limitations on what I can use the Community Impact Card for?
    Thrivent does not allow purchases of gift cards, alcohol, firearms or jewelry, direct cash donations, cash withdrawals, organizational operating funds, personal expenses, or purchases made outside the U.S. or its territories.

    How do I verify the remaining balance on my Community Impact Card?
    Call the phone number on the back of the Community Impact Card and follow the instructions.

    Once you've used the card, the available balance will be provided in real time, but the current balance may not. As with other credit/debit cards, transactions may take a few days to process before they show up on the account. For further information about recent transactions, call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Action Teams" at the prompt.

    How do I make purchases online or over the phone with my Community Impact Card?
    Provide information as described below. Please remember to use the name on the card, such as Thrivent Action Team ####, to help avoid confusion that could result in unintended charges on your personal credit card.

    • Name on card (if applicable): Provide the name as printed on the U.S. Bank VISA card, such as Thrivent Action Team ####. If a website does not accept numbers in these fields, enter "Action" as the first name and "Team" as the last name.
    • Billing address: Provide the ZIP code where the Thrivent Action Team kit was delivered.
    • Billing phone number (if applicable): Provide the Thrivent Action Team leader's phone number (including area code), when prompted.

    What should I do with my Community Impact Card after my project is complete?
    Your card will automatically deactivate 120 days after your project start date or when you report on your completed project. Any remaining funds on the card will be used to support other Thrivent Action Team projects. Please cut up your card and dispose of it after your project is complete.

    What should I do if I've lost or misplaced my Community Impact Card?
    As soon as you realize your card is missing, call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Action Teams" at the prompt.

    What is the Thrivent Action Teams Hub?
    The Thrivent Action Teams Hub is a digital platform that equips you with online tools to help promote your Thrivent Action Team project and celebrate the impact you're making in your community. The Hub provides resources that help increase your impact, including:

    • A personalized project webpage to share with your community.
    • An RSVP feature to invite friends and family to volunteer alongside you.
    • Digital thank-you notes to send out after the event.
    • Photo upload to collect and share photos.

    What do I do if my project gets delayed, changes or I need to cancel?
    We fully understand that project dates or ideas may need to change. If you need to extend the date or repurpose your project to fill another need, click here to submit a request or call 800-847-4836 and say "Action Teams" at the prompt. Our team can walk you through next steps. Please have your Thrivent ID or contract number available for faster service.

    You'll also want to make sure that you're purchasing direct supplies for your activity – not charging the card to the benefiting organization or reimbursing yourself. This enables Thrivent to be transparent with your purchases and the activity.

    Do I need to track my expenses?
    It's important for Thrivent to know how you spent the money that you received in order to support your Thrivent Action Team project. As a best practice, track your purchases with the resource provided on page 3 of your Leader Guidebook. This will greatly help ensure you don't exceed the $250 spending limit.

    Do I need to submit receipts for my purchases?
    No. However, please retain receipts for all purchases made on the card for up to one year and be prepared to submit applicable receipts if a question arises about a specific charge. As the leader of this project, you are responsible for all purchases made on the Community Impact Card.

    Does Thrivent audit card purchases?
    Yes. To ensure the Thrivent Action Team program continues to be the generosity generating machine that it is, Thrivent has a responsibility as a fraternal benefit society to show how and where our funds are used to impact the communities where clients live, work and worship. As part of this responsibility, the funds you receive need to be spent in alignment with the project for which you originally applied.

  • After Your Project

    After Your Project

    What information will I need for my report at the end of the project?
    Tell us how your project made a difference, how others were involved, and how your team was inspired to live generously. We'll also need the following information dependent on the type of activity you are leading:

    Service activities:

    • Number of volunteers.
    • Length of event.

    Fundraisers:

    • Number of volunteers.
    • Length of event.
    • Funds raised.
    • Items collected and quantity.
    • Number of attendees.

    Educational events:

    • Number of volunteers.
    • Length of event.
    • Number of attendees.

    Where do I go to report on my project?
    Log in to your Thrivent account to complete Thrivent's official reporting process.

    Is it required to complete a report at the end of the project?
    Yes. As a fraternal benefit society, it's important for us to understand the impact our clients are making where they live, work and worship. Reporting on your efforts helps ensure we keep the generosity going! Plus, reports must be completed for your project before you can apply for a future project.

    Does posting a photo/story on the Thrivent Action Teams Hub count as reporting on my Thrivent Action Team?
    No. We would love for you to share any photos/posts you have from your project on the Thrivent Action Teams Hub. But please also log in to your Thrivent account and complete Thrivent's official reporting process for your Thrivent Action Team project. This gives us the ability to inspire others and promote generosity opportunities to future volunteers.

Still not finding your answer?
Call 1-800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Action Teams" or read the Terms and Conditions.

Ready for Action?

Submit your project application to start making a difference in your community.

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