Jon Dize

Tootin’ the Horn

I have never been one to like center stage. I enjoy my role as the “man behind the curtain”, planning the event, orchestrating movements, and scripting the songs for school leaders to take the limelight. (At the Partnership, we like the bass rather than the lead, the off-beats rather than the downbeats.) Periodically, however, we… Read more »

Everyone calls him Maurice

Not long ago, The Lutheran Schools Partnership started advocating for our Partner schools to hire Enrollment Coordinators to help boost community connections, marketing, and enrollment. And it worked. A majority of our schools now have at least a part-time staffer dedicated to these tasks, and the total enrollment for our 18 schools have increased year-over-year…. Read more »

And so goes the SGO

All of last year, we were warning our member schools of the impending snowball: as more schools joined our SGO, as more donors supported the program, and as existing donors increased their gifts, SGO support would grow exponentially. And it did so. We closed the year with more than $2.6 million in SGO donations, well… Read more »

Join us for a cracker jack night

Put it on your calendar: This year’s Lutheran Night at the TinCaps is set for Saturday, August 29. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, ZOOperstars, and more! Like last season, the Tin Caps will donate $1 from each ticket sold in advance (no later than July 17) to… Read more »

Seven percent makes the donor happy

I started to title this article, “The Credits are Gone!” By the time you read this, we should be out of SGO credits. Think about that for a moment … $7.5 million in SGO credits has been awarded in less than 12 months. That translates to $15 million in scholarship donations for nonpublic schools in… Read more »

Where did the Interest Go?

When I grew up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, savings accounts were where the action was. My father worked at Magnavox, so I was able to become a member at his credit union. I deposited my mowing money and watched my money grow. I even had the opportunity to purchase CDs, and if… Read more »

Fundraising & the Bible Top 9

In late February I attended the annual conference for ALDE, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives. As always, the educational sessions were compelling and the fellowship with peers across the country fantastic (and they have a new brand… see below!) One session that stuck with me was Fundraising for Church and Schools by Mike Ward…. Read more »

St. Peter’s does the heart good

In February, students at St. Peter’s Lutheran School raised $7,850 for the American Heart Association during the school’s Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events, part of a national effort to fight cardiovascular disease and promote fitness. Students began seeking donations and participating in event-related activities early in the month. Kindergarteners through fourth-graders… Read more »

Would you turn down a $5,000 donation?

Ask yourself, and your board, this question: Would you turn down $5,000 a year, forever? How about $10,000? How about $100,000 a year? I hate to say this, but many of our area Lutheran schools are doing just that: turning down “free” money. Money that could provide significant support for now and into the future…. Read more »

Thanks for your support

Thanks to the more than 350 parents, students, administrators, board members, pastors, and other interested parties who filled the International Ballroom at IPFW on January 27 for the Allen County School Choice Rally. I hope you were one of the attendees shouting “Good Choice!” in response to “School Choice!” From the “School Choice Dance” led… Read more »