Funding the Mission

The Paradox of Giving

I have been building the fundraising library of The Lutheran Schools Partnership and recently added The Paradox of Generosity, a book that can be summed up in one sentence: “Those who give their resources away receive them back in return.” As the introduction states, “The paradox of generosity should not be surprising.” There are  numerous… Read more »

Wikipedia, Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Definition: Fundraising or fund raising (also known as “development”) is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. — Wikipedia entry How many of you received fundraising solicitations in December? How many did you receive just in the month of December… Read more »

The Generous Samaritan

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.” —Margaret Thatcher What do you think about this quote? Is it true? I have had this quote on my home office desk since ripping it off of my “Quote of the Day” calendar in 2006. I always… Read more »

Endowment Giving: Why?

“Most religious institutions would go bankrupt, but for the benevolence of a few major donors.” — Laurence Iannoccone Less than three months to go! This is the cheer or cry (depending on what school office you visit) of many of our Partner schools in April… by June 1 they must have raised their designated endowment… Read more »

Maimonides Laws Concerning Gifts to the Poor

In November I had the opportunity to attend a conference on Religious Fundraising presented by the Lake Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This article is one in a periodic series of articles highlighting the historical foundation of faith and fundraising throughout the ages. Spanish-born philosopher Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), was one of Judaism’s… Read more »

Can Fundraising be a Calling?

  “Faith-Based Fundraisers: Can Fundraising be a Calling?”  This was the title of a recent article by David King, Ph.D. at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Lake Institute based in Indianapolis. The Lake Institute develops research designed to explore the broad context of religious giving and recently partnered with the Association of Lutheran Development… Read more »

Committees and Endowments

  One of the committees organized by The Lutheran Schools Partnership is our Advancement Committee; this group, comprised of community members, TLSP board members, and Partner school fundraising staff, helps identify fundraising efforts that TLSP can promote and partner with our Partners schools. So many activities can be cost-prohibitive for a school to consider on… Read more »