Jon Dize

Fundraising Quotes to Live By

For those of you that have seen my presentation “From Bake Sales to Philanthropy” know that I like using quotes. Quotes from the Bible, from Martin Luther and other theologians, from other fundraising professionals, even from political figures and celebrities.Quotes have a way of “personalizing” a concept. I just recently was in… Read more »

Book Club for Church and School Fundraising Success

“If you religious people ever get smart about fundraising, the rest of us may be in trouble.”-- United Way official to author, William “Bill” EnrightSometime around Christmas I had the opportunity to read a new book entitled, “Kitchen Table Giving” by William “Bill” Enright. Written by a pastor for pastors, Bill was… Read more »

The Paradox of Giving

I have been building the fundraising library of The Lutheran Schools Partnership and recently added The Paradox of Generosity, a book that can be summed up in one sentence: “Those who give their resources away receive them back in return.”As the introduction states, “The paradox of generosity should not be surprising.” There… Read more »

Wikipedia, Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Definition: Fundraising or fund raising (also known as "development") is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. -- Wikipedia entryHow many of you received fundraising solicitations in December? How many did you receive just in the month… Read more »

Future Giving Video

As part of our ongoing efforts to support our Lutheran schools in Northeast Indiana, The Lutheran Schools Partnership recently worked with local production company Blue Pony to create a new video to explain Future Giving. You can view the video hereWhat is “Future Giving”? Some have called it “planned giving”, or “estate… Read more »

529 Program Changes for Our Lutheran Schools

If you haven’t heard, Congress recently made some big changes to various tax laws, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I will highlight most of these changes in an upcoming post, but today I was tasked with focusing on the new opportunities for our area Lutheran schools from the changes to… Read more »

It’s All about the Kids

In my role as administrator of The Lutheran SGO of Indiana, I get to report to everyone on the benefits of the program; the 50% credit, growth of funds raised by our schools to over $1.7 million since July 1, how we are nearing 50% of the credits gone, and how we… Read more »