Jon Dize

'Tis Harvest Time

I was reminded this week that it is near the end of harvest time in Indiana... the familiar sight of combines in the field, often-times using their nighttime lighting gear.What reminded me was a recent gift of crops, what we call "Gifts of Grain," that resulted in a five-figure gift to one… Read more »

Halfway There… Living on Prayer!

My apologies to Bon Jovi (and now that song will be stuck in your head for the next hour), but the SGO credits are now ½ gone… … or for those “the glass is ½ full people” out there, we still have ½ of the SGO credits available…... When the available set… Read more »

Endowment Giving: Why?

“Most religious institutions would go bankrupt, but for the benevolence of a few major donors.”-- Laurence IannocconeLess than three months to go!This is the cheer or cry (depending on what school office you visit) of many of our Partner schools in April… by June 1 they must have raised their designated endowment… Read more »

Maimonides Laws Concerning Gifts to the Poor

In November I had the opportunity to attend a conference on Religious Fundraising presented by the Lake Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This article is one in a periodic series of articles highlighting the historical foundation of faith and fundraising throughout the ages.Spanish-born philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), was one… Read more »

Can Fundraising be a Calling?

“Faith-Based Fundraisers: Can Fundraising be a Calling?” This was the title of a recent article by David King, Ph.D. at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Lake Institute based in Indianapolis. The Lake Institute develops research designed to explore the broad context of religious giving and recently partnered with the Association… Read more »

Committees and Endowments

One of the committees organized by The Lutheran Schools Partnership is our Advancement Committee; this group, comprised of community members, TLSP board members, and Partner school fundraising staff, helps identify fundraising efforts that TLSP can promote and partner with our Partners schools. So many activities can be cost-prohibitive for a school to… Read more »

Fundraising is...

When I was growing up in the 1970s, my older sister used to have these “Love is” characters around… for a young boy, they were quite annoying...… However, using that theme in February, I thought we could discuss just what is “fundraising”:Fundraising is NOT: Fundraising is not bake sales (cookie dough, wrapping… Read more »

You are Now Entering… the Auction Zone…

While December may be the season for charity and goodwill, around here February through May is the season for charitable events and auctions at our Lutheranschools! Most organizations avoid the summer (everyone goes to “the lake”... but they never seem to invite me there), so they either hold their dinner/auctions in the… Read more »