Funding the Mission

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 »

10 Latest Auction Trends

Auction Season Approaches For some people August is the start of the school month… for fundraising staff, it’s the start of the fall auction season! As some of our schools look to October through December to operate their dinner/auctions and golf outings, others will start working with their committees and start to plan their spring… Read more »