Presence St. Mary's Hospital
Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Now Eligible to Receive Grant Funding from Thrivent Choice® Program

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital (PSMH) is now able to receive grant funding from Thrivent Financial through the Thrivent Choice® program. The program allows eligible Thrivent members to recommend how a portion of Thrivent Financial’s charitable funds are distributed. Nationwide, nearly $55 million in funding was distributed to more than 25,650 enrolled churches and nonprofit organizations through the program in 2014. More than $225 million has been distributed since the program began in 2010.

“Seeing our members have a say about how charitable dollars are given in their communities is so rewarding,” said Larry Burton, financial advisor serving Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. “Thrivent Choice is one of many outreach programs available from Thrivent Financial designed to help strengthen communities and change lives.”

All gifts to Presence St. Mary’s Hospital will be handled by the Foundation. Donors may request that their gifts be applied to a specific unit or service. Unrestricted gifts will be used for the area or service of greatest need in the hospital.

“We are extremely grateful for the alignment with Thrivent,” said Amy LaFine, executive director, Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. “The Foundation’s purpose – philanthropic support to transform healthcare in the communities we serve – is a perfect fit with the mission and focus of Thrivent.”

Thrivent Financial, its members and its employees have a positive impact in communities nationwide as a result of giving and volunteerism. In 2014, the organization and its members gave $209.8 million in direct support to charitable organizations, schools, churches, and individuals in need. The Thrivent Financial Foundation awarded nearly $16.3 million through its Lutheran community and corporate community programs. Thrivent members and others volunteered approximately 10.7 million hours in communities nationwide.

To learn more about Thrivent Choice® and for complete program terms and conditions, visit or call 815.432.0355. For more information about Presence St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, please call 815.937.3084.


About Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. For more than a century, the organization has helped its nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values by providing opportunities for them to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. The Thrivent Choice® charitable grant program engages Thrivent members and chapters in providing grants that support charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. All grants are made at the sole discretion of Thrivent.

About Presence St. Mary’s Hospital
Presence St. Mary’s Hospital is a 186-bed acute care facility with a Level II Emergency/Trauma Center. Presence St. Mary’s Hospital serves Kankakee and the surrounding counties and is a designated Primary Stroke Center.  PSMH has also received national awards for Patient Safety, was named to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Hospitals and to the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award. 

About Presence Health

Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, with over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion.


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