Roanoke College receives $100,000 grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation

SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College received a $100,000 grant to the college from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The grant is designed to strengthen Roanoke's resource development work and to encourage charitable gifts to the college. It is one of 75 awarded by the foundation as part of its $4.8 million Charitable Gifting Initiative.

The grant which is entitled "Nurturing Growth," will allow the college to expand support for the priorities and programs outlined in its recently adopted 2015 strategic plan in partnership with the Virginia and Metropolitan D.C. Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Funds raised will be used to support such key initiatives as a professorship, scholarships for students, the college's ambitious integrative learning initiative, co-curricular programs that enhance student engagement and outreach to the community and church-related constituencies.

"We are very pleased to receive this grant, especially since it will allow us to further strengthen our resource development efforts," Dr. Sabine O'Hara, president of Roanoke College, said. "You might say it will bear fruit in two ways - by supporting our student-centered programs and outreach goals and by enabling us to further expand support for the work of the college. That's the best possible situation."

"It is our hope that this grant will strengthen Roanoke College's ability to inform potential donors of various options available to them to financially support the college's work," said Brad Hewitt, president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. "As people come alongside Roanoke College with charitable gifts, the college will become increasingly effective in carrying out its mission."

The 2006 charitable gifting initiative grants ranged from $5,000 to $100,000. The 75 grants are expected to generate a total of more than $160 million in immediate or deferred monetary gifts to Lutheran institutions.

"Helping organizations communicate the benefits of tax-advantaged charitable giving to their potential donors is what this grant is all about," said Karen Coonen, executive director of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. "We are delighted to support Roanoke College through this grant as we know it will greatly multiply the support it receives from those who believe in its work."

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Roanoke College is listed in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Guide as a national liberal arts college. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the mid-Atlantic." Roanoke's 1,850 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.