Jon Dize

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 »

Endowment Funds have Uses

It’s January when our partner schools’ attention turns from SGOs to… endowments!Thanks to an ongoing yearly matching challenge from The Lutheran Foundation, our schools can raise pre-determined levels every year from July 1 to June 1 of each year.However, based on research from Phil Meizen from The LCMS Foundation, only ⅓ of… Read more »

She’s a Great Teacher, Charlie Brown

WARNING: This is an article on schools, teachers, and instruction written by a finance major.While this is not an article about alumni, I often tell our schools when considering an alumni program, that “most people have a warm-fuzzy for a K-8 teacher. Mine was Mrs.Schwartz, 3rd grade. If she called me up… Read more »

Charles Dickens and Fundraising in 1843

I am a big fan of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I grew up watching George C. Scott (see picture) as Ebenezer Scrooge, and more recently have found Patrick Stewart’s portrayal to be quite enjoyable and true to the story. And I have been known to be found watching Mickey Mouse’s version… Read more »


By now, #GivingTuesday is just a memory or a “to do list” for next year: After Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes an avenue to donate, mostly online, on Tuesday. It’s a fundraising option that some of our schools use, including Concordia Lutheran High School and Redeemer Classical School.On… Read more »