Jon Dize

I Want You to Support Scholarships

  Give kids the freedom to attend the school of their choice. Please generously support our SGO scholarships. Donors will earn a 50% state tax credit on gifts made through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana—but only if they hurry. The State limits the total amount of tax credits awarded each year, and we… Read more »

Shaking the Apple Tree

Creating a Successful Fundraising Program “First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.” — Martin Luther If you have listened to me long enough, you will recognize… Read more »

Stop Sending

That is what the email from the Indiana Department of Revenue said this week: “Stop Sending”. While most people dread an email from the DOR, we get them regularly at The Lutheran SGO of Indiana as we secure SGO Tax Credit certificates for donors to the 48 schools in our SGO family. Unfortunately, this email… Read more »

Congratulations, Mark Muehl!

He is very reluctant for us to share this, but it’s wonderful news! Today at the Partnership office, we received the following press release from the Lutheran Education Association. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2016 LEA 2016 Christus Magister Mark Muehl was selected by LEA’s board of directors to receive LEA’s top honor, the Christus… Read more »

Gifts of Grain

Maximizing Support of Area Schools with Farming Assets For generations, Lutheran schools in our area have been blessed with the support of hardworking Hoosier farmers. The Lutheran Schools, in partnership with Perkins & Kirkman CPAs and Kline’s CPA Group, are hosting four lunch presentations to reach our five-county area to illustrate the unique opportunities available… Read more »

SGO Tax Credits: Racing Toward the Finish

Last legislative session, the SGO program was given an extra $1 million in tax credits, moving our cap from $7.5 to $8.5 million. That’s $2 million more donations in the race. Sounds good, right? We won’t run out of credits before the finish line? Well, we are monitoring this race closely. We keep track how… Read more »

Lutherans Nominated for Foellinger Foundation Stewardship Award

For the past 9 years, the Foellinger Foundation has encouraged nonprofits in Allen County to nominate an outstanding board member for the annual Stewardship Award. All nominees are recognized in various news media and at a special luncheon and awards ceremony in October. The Foundation will then chose one winner from the dozens of nominees,… Read more »

The 7 Rs of Successful Fundraising

Fundraising is a process; it takes planning. Perhaps I should add, successful fundraising is a process. Sure, you can “hope for the best”, “just put it out there”, “hey, let’s tell the congregation that if everyone donated $100…” The shotgun approach does hit something; heck, even I was successful at my first time skeet shooting… Read more »

Rah Rah Re… Kick ’em in the Knee!

It’s the time of year again when I expect to find a flyer in my mailbox for the Hillsdale College Homecoming weekend… the annual invitation to come watch the Chargers play football, join the tailgate beforehand, enjoy the tent party after, attend the class celebrations, etc. Seems universities have the system down; they had us… Read more »