Endowment building: the future of our schools

In fundraising circles, we're taught that "annual giving helps keep the lights on, but endowments ensure your long-term viability." We're blessed in northeast Indiana that The Lutheran Foundation has been helping area Lutheran schools secure their future with an endowment-services matching-grant program since the 2009-2010 school year.Basing the amounts each year per… Read more »

Open Houses planned for Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Lutheran Schools will host open houses from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. The only exception will be Bethlehem Lutheran School in Ossian, which will host its open house on Sunday, February 16.“Our annual open houses provide families the opportunity to discover what The Lutheran Schools have to offer—the… Read more »

Supporting the extraordinary

Oh, how we love the novel, the unique, the extraordinary! Be it a culinary creation, an inspiring concert, or an incomparable event, we get excited about the exceptional. How counter-culture Christmas is. A lowly manger, a deep, dark night, and the birth of a baby. Yawn, not much to get overly excited… Read more »

Year-end giving reminders

The elves here at the The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran SGO of Indiana have been very busy processing year-end gifts for donors wanting to complete their support of Lutheran education by December 31. We took a quick break from our spreadsheets and thank-you letters to provide the following list of… Read more »

Giving thanks, Thanksgiving, and thanks for the giving

Next week is Thanksgiving, but every week I give thanks for the opportunity I have at The Lutheran Schools Partnership. It's the opportunity to help our area Lutheran schools improve and enhance their advancement efforts beyond the typical "bake-sale" approach to fundraising. Throughout my 22-plus years in the nonprofit sector, it has… Read more »

Inaugural SGO Thanksgiving Event

The Lutheran Schools Partnership will host the first annual SGO Thanksgiving Event: Sharing God's Opportunities at 6:30 p.m. on November 7, 2013 in the IPFW International Ballroom. The event will include dinner and a presentation from Tim Goeglein, former Fort Wayne resident and faith-based liaison for President George W. Bush. He currently… Read more »

SGOs: the Great Multiplier

At this time last year, I wrote that we were entering the busy season for SGO giving. We had just "opened our doors" the first of November, and donations started entering our mailbox. We even planned our inaugural SGO Thanksgiving event to coincide with the start of the traditional year-end giving cycle… Read more »

First SGO Thanksgiving event set for November 7

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana will host their first SGO Thanksgiving event, "Sharing God's Opportunities." The event will be held at the International Ballroom at IPFW and will feature entertainment, a cocktail hour, dinner, and a presentation by a… Read more »

Counting SGO's impact

The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana reports that the 18 Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana raised more than $260,000 in donations to support scholarships for students during the 2012–2013 school year.Why is this important? Let us count the ways ...1. More than 200 donations qualified for the State Scholarship Tax… Read more »