Jon Dize

The Generous Samaritan

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.” —Margaret Thatcher What do you think about this quote? Is it true? I have had this quote on my home office desk since ripping it off of my “Quote of the Day” calendar in 2006. I always… 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 think the credits… 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 of our… 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 of SGO… Read more »

Endowment Giving: Why?

“Most religious institutions would go bankrupt, but for the benevolence of a few major donors.” — Laurence Iannoccone Less 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 of Judaism’s… 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 of Lutheran Development… 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 consider on… Read more »