"I have been participating in the Thrivent Choice Program for quite some time," says Linda Hill, a loyal Ranch friend.
"It is so easy to use, and I love that all these dollars support the Spiritual Life Program at the Ranch. I simply log in to my Thrivent account on a regular basis to check for available dollars waiting to be directed. Thrivent does all the calculations and posts the dollar amounts as they become available. Then just a few clicks of the computer mouse and the dollars are on their way. That's all there is to it. Their online option is my choice, but I know the program is available by phone as well. Sounds simple and it is.
"What a huge impact for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Spiritual Life Program. Praise God for these small blessings that turn into great ones!"
Thrivent, a nonprofit financial services organization for Christians, has a longstanding commitment to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. For years, the Ranch has been an enrolled charity in Thrivent Choice®, a program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent should donate portions of its charitable outreach funds each year.
As Linda says, all Choice Dollars donated to the Ranch by Thrivent support the Spiritual Life Program at the Ranch—a program funded entirely by individuals, churches, and organizations. From January - November 2019 alone, the Ranch received over $41,000 of Thrivent Choice member-directed dollars towards the annual budget of our Spiritual Life Program of $365,000.
While children at the Ranch have always been pointed to faith in Christ, with the help of Thrivent members, we have been able to expand and enrich our campus ministry. In 2018, the Ranch called a Deaconess to join Chaplain Jones on the Minot campus. in 2019, the Spiritual Life Specialist in Fargo took on an expanded role, and together, the entire Spiritual Life team was able to reach children with the Gospel message. With your help, we are changing lives.
Just as Thrivent encourages its members to "Live Generously," Ranch Spiritual Life staff help our kids experience the joy of giving back. Over the past year, Ranch kids have visited residents in nursing homes, made cards for veterans on Veteran's Day, packed Operation Christmas Child boxes, volunteered at the pet shelter, sent letters to young women at a school in Nigeria, packed meals for Orphan Grain Train and Feed the Children, and more. Ranch children, many who have only been on the receiving end of the community's generosity, learn how they too have much to share.
If you are a Thrivent Financial member, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars® available to direct to your favorite enrolled charity. To recommend the Ranch as the recipient of all or a portion of your Choice Dollars®, go to the Thrivent Choice website at Thrivent.com/ThriventChoice, login, and choose Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. To direct Choice Dollars® over the phone, call 1-800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt.
Directing Choice Dollars® to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch helps us teach Christian values to the amazing children at the Ranch—values that aid in their healing, provide a foundation of hope, and help them be successful in their treatment. As a Thrivent member who has Choice Dollars®, you can help precious children rise above their struggles and point them to faith in Christ.