Jon Dize

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 »

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 »