Jon Dize

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 »

New Year’s Fundraising Resolutions

I was going to write a “the best of 2016 in Fundraising” article, but decided to not dwell on the past (besides, I have already written about the success of the SGO program, among other highlights).Instead, as we look to the new year, I challenge you to raise a glass with me… Read more »

SGO Credits are Gone!

I hate to be the Scrooge-bearer of bad news, but the SGO credits are gone. Finished. We are out of coal for Bob Cratchit's office. For those wanting to support scholarships and receive the 50% state tax credit, you will have to wait until July 1, 2017 to make your gift.What does… Read more »

Thankful for our Stewardship Award Nominees

For the past 11 years, the Foellinger Foundation in Fort Wayne has encouraged nonprofits in Allen County to nominate an outstanding board member for an annual Stewardship Award. Nominations recognize local board members who exemplify the highest standards of board service and stewardship, as identified below by these Ten Basic Responsibilities of… Read more »

Half of SGO State Tax Credits Remain

The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana raises funds from individuals and businesses to provide scholarship funds to all eligible students wanting to attend an Indiana Lutheran School. With a donation to the SGO of Indiana, donors can help fund scholarships—and receive a state tax benefit. The state of Indiana… Read more »

And They’re Off!

So, who’s tired of hearing about the SGO program yet? I’m not! I love Indiana’s premiere system (the envy of other states) that allows donors to school scholarships to receive a 50% tax credit on their Indiana state taxes. And more and more donors agree with me.The program has been accelerating over… Read more »

SGO tax credits again available

Give kids the freedom to attend the school of their choice. Please generously support ourSGO scholarships.Donors will earn a 50% state tax credit on gifts made through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana—but only if they hurry. The State limits the total amount of tax credits awarded each year, and we… Read more »