Jon Dize


Clarity turns into Confidence turns into Courage. Pastor Henry Graf has preached on these words several times. That sentence is hard to say three times fast, but after posting those lines on Linkedin recently I realized they have powerful applications for fundraising at our schools and churches.I wear three hats at The… Read more »

Attend Learn & Lead 2019

It's time again for our annual Learn and Lead, a conference for area schools, churches, RSOs, and other faith-based nonprofits. Staff, boards, committees, etc. can all benefit. And you can send staff to one day, both days, or either day. We have discount codes available, so contact us at 260-203-4510 or… Read more »

How Much Are Volunteers Worth?

According to the annual study by Independent Sector, the value of Volunteer Time is $24.69 per hour, up 2.2% from last year. What? This rate, as indicated in the report, “shows the incredible contributions volunteers make to our communities and our country.” And with an estimated 63 million Americans volunteering for … Read more »

NonCash may be the New King

Last week I wrote on the need for churches and schools to have ways to accept bank cards. Next, let’s talk “noncash” gifts, such as stocks and mutual funds. For donation information like this, I go to the research of people like Professor Russell James, J.D., Ph.D, CFP, director of graduate studies… Read more »

Cash, We Will Miss Thee

In my work with our area Lutheran schools I often note that I am nearly 50 years old and I don’t have a checkbook anymore; regardless of the fact that my Wells Fargo account turned into Flagstar in 2019 and I didn’t bother to order any checks, I still haven’t had much… Read more »

It’s Thrivent Choice Time Again!

If you are a Thrivent Financial member, that is, you have investments and certain insurance products, you can direct charitable dollars to approved charities. Both The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran SGO of Indiana can receive those donations.But you have to decide before March 31, or you lose those dollars to… Read more »

Thanks, Thrivent (Again)

During the fiscal year, The Lutheran SGO of Indiana will receive notice of matching gifts… gifts from employers that match (or double-match) donations received from their employees and retirees.This week we received notice of another batch of matching gifts, this time from Thrivent Financial employees. A review of the matching information site… Read more »

The Magic of the SGO

We have had donors label the SGO program as “magical”; why is that?When you donate to the Lutheran SGO, you get a 50% State tax credit that carries forward for 9 years should you be eligible for more SGO credits than you need. This is true whether you itemize or not. This… Read more »