Jon Dize

Book Club for Church and School Fundraising Success

“If you religious people ever get smart about fundraising, the rest of us may be in trouble.” — United Way official to author, William “Bill” Enright Sometime around  Christmas I had the opportunity to read a new book entitled, “Kitchen Table Giving” by William “Bill” Enright. Written by a pastor for pastors, Bill was the… Read more »

The Paradox of Giving

I have been building the fundraising library of The Lutheran Schools Partnership and recently added The Paradox of Generosity, a book that can be summed up in one sentence: “Those who give their resources away receive them back in return.” As the introduction states, “The paradox of generosity should not be surprising.” There are  numerous… Read more »

Wikipedia, Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Definition: Fundraising or fund raising (also known as “development”) is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. — Wikipedia entry How many of you received fundraising solicitations in December? How many did you receive just in the month of December… Read more »

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 here What is “Future Giving”? Some have called it “planned giving”, or “estate giving”, or… 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 529 plans. As… Read more »

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 »