Funding the Mission

Endowments and Rule of 20

My last 2 posts ( and ( focus on estate giving and supporting endowments. I still think endowments are the key to long-term survival for our schools. Without an endowment started today, there may not be a school in 20 years. So, the next question may be, how much should you direct… Read more »

It’s Thrivent Choice Dollars Do or Die Time Again

If you are a Thrivent Financial member, that is, you have investments or certain insurance products, you can direct dollars from Thrivent to approved charities like The Lutheran Schools Partnership or any of our Partner schools and their associated churches. (Of Note: TLSP might be listed as, “The Lutheran Schools Service Organization”… Read more »

The Sweet Spot & Aging Congregations

As I work with the 19 schools in Northeast Indiana, I will often call myself the “Cheerful Giver Evangelist.” Recently, I have added emphasis on the “Sweet Spot.” According to the annual Giving USA Research:Top area of donor support is Religion (Lutherans…)Education is second (this area includes K-12 schools…) Couple these points… Read more »

$10 Billion Lutheran Transfer; Why Wait?

I’m Back! It seems that I have been absent from these weekly posts for The Lutheran Schools Partnership for a few months. We have been busy with December year-end gifts over at The Lutheran SGO of Indiana, and I have been actively posting fundraising training, opinions, and snippets for our fundraising staff-focused… Read more »

2019 - Did you Know?

Did you know that this year is the 10 year anniversary of The Lutheran Schools Partnership? Did you also know that a single gift to TLSP today will continue to fund an organization that fights for 19 schools today, will continue to train and watch over 250 leaders tomorrow, and continue to… 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 »

Giving USA 2019 Report on 2018, Part 1

Every year, Giving USA produces a report on charitable giving in America. The 2019 full report came out about a month ago. Giving USA, the longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America, is published by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched… Read more »