Jon Dize

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 »

'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 »