Jon Dize

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 with Scrooge McDuck… Read more »


By now, #GivingTuesday is just a memory or a “to do list” for next year: After Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday comes an avenue to donate, mostly online, on Tuesday. It’s a fundraising option that some of our schools use, including Concordia Lutheran High School and Redeemer Classical School. On #GivingTuesday morning,… Read more »

Henry “Hank” Rosso: Giving is a Privilege

“Giving is a privilege, not a nuisance or a burden. … Thoughtful philanthropists see themselves as responsible stewards of life’s gifts to them. What they have they hold in trust, in their belief, and they accept the responsibility to share their treasures effectively through their philanthropy. Giving is an expression of thankfulness for the blessings… Read more »

It Takes Time

Transformational fundraising takes a long time. Urgency is the enemy of fundraising. — Eileen Savage, J Paul Getty Trust   Many boards hire fundraising staff in a drought and expect them to make it rain the next day.  — Joan Baumgartner Brown   Tempus Fugit.  — Jon’s High School Latin Teacher   When I coach… Read more »

Doing Nothing vs. Doing Something

I subscribe to a periodic blog, Future Fundraising Now. A few years ago there was an entry on Fundraising Predictions. One of the five predictions was titled, “Doing Nothing Will Not Be Less Risky.” I would like to explore that with our area Lutheran schools. Indeed, keeping the status quo is always easier. Fundraising has… Read more »

SGO Status, Gift Types

As summer turns to fall, and since we surpassed 25% of the SGO tax year and over $5 million credits of the $14 million available statewide, it seemed appropriate to post an SGO status update. As of September 30, our schools have raised over $1.2 million in SGO credits. We forget sometimes just how much… Read more »

Tuck the Curtain

As a recent presentation, the following story of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels was shared: At a gala celebrating his life, Mr. Hilton was asked, “What was the most important lesson you’ve learned in your long and distinguished career?” His reply was, “Remember to tuck the shower curtain inside the bathtub.” While I can… Read more »

Monthly Giving Goes Mainstream

I will see advertisements for webinars, posts from experts, etc. advocating a cool, new concept, monthly giving. Is monthly giving new? Not really. How many remember the old 3 minute-long commercial from “Feed the Children”-type charities that would challenge you thus:  “for less the cost of a cup of coffee every month, you could feed this… Read more »

Learn and Lead 2018

On June 4 & 5, 40 attendees basked in the light of the stained glass windows of Concordia Lutheran High School’s Worship Conference Center (see picture) as The Lutheran Schools Partnership hosted its annual Learn & Lead conference. As usual, we invited our schools and associated churches, but then also opened spots for schools that… Read more »