Thrivent Members

Thrivent Members

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Thrivent Choice Dollars

Members who qualify for Choice Dollars can designate these funds to organizations of their choice.  Last year Spirit in the Desert received more than $2,500 in Thrivent Choice dollars.  Here’s how to designate:

  1. Over the Phone:
    1. Call 1-800-THRIVENT (1-800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice.”.
    2. State Choice Dollars when prompted.
    3. Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars.
    4. Enter or speak your social security number or Thrivent ID number.
    5. Your call will then be transferred to an operator for completion.
    6. Our Organization Name is listed as:  “Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center”, 7415 E Elbow Bend Rd, Carefree AZ
  2.  Online
    1. Log on to
    2. Click the “My Thrivent” tab in the upper right-hand corner.
    3. Sign in with your username and password or register for an account.
    4. Once you have registered and signed in, select the “Direct Choice Dollars” button for Thrivent Choice in the right hand side.
    5. In the middle of the next page, type in “Spirit in the Desert” in the “Organization Name” box, leave “City” blank, and click search.
    6. Next to our name (listed as “Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center”), click the “Direct Now” button. You will be able to assign all or part of your choice dollars to Spirit in the Desert. Recurring Thrivent Dollar designation is no longer an option. In order for Spirit in the Desert to receive your Thrivent Choice Dollars, you’ll need to make the designation each and every year.
    7. Click the “submit” button and your Thrivent Choice Dollars will be sent to Spirit in the Desert.  Look for a thank you note from us in the days following to verify we received your designation.

Thrivent Action Team Projects

Through Action Team Projects, Thrivent Members will receive $250 from Thrivent to complete a volunteer project for an organization. Each member can complete two action teams each year. Spirit in the Desert loves when volunteers do an Action Team Project for us and we’ll walk step-by-step with you through the process!  Here’s how to apply for an Action Team Project:

  1. Contact us at Spirit for ideas on projects we need help with. It could be a maintenance project, support for a fundraising event, or fundraising for a specific programming need.
  2. Once your project is selected, log into your My Thrivent account or create an account.  Action Teams can only be applied for online. If you don’t have the ability to connect online, contact your assigned Financial Representative for assistance.
  3. On your My Account homepage, scroll down to the Action Team section and select “Apply for an Action Team.”
  4. There are various forms to fill out with info on the project. If you have any questions while filling this out, contact our office. Make sure to select “Spirit in the Desert Lutheran Retreat Center” as the organization your Action Team will benefit.
  5. Once your application is submitted, wait for your Action Team Packet to arrive in the mail and recruit some friends to help with the project.