Funding the Mission

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 »

Fundraising is…

When I was growing up in the 1970s, my older sister used to have these “Love is” characters around… for a young boy, they were quite annoying… … However, using that theme in February, I thought we could discuss just what is “fundraising”: Fundraising is NOT: Fundraising is not bake sales (cookie dough, wrapping paper,… Read more »

You are Now Entering… the Auction Zone…

While December may be the season for charity and goodwill, around here February through May is the season for charitable events and auctions at our Lutheran schools! Most organizations avoid the summer (everyone goes to “the lake”… but they never seem to invite me there), so they either hold their dinner/auctions in the fall between… Read more »

New Year’s Fundraising Resolutions

I was going to write a “the best of 2016 in Fundraising” article, but decided to not dwell on the past (besides, I have already written about the success of the SGO program, among other highlights). Instead, as we look to the new year, I challenge you to raise a glass with me and consider… Read more »

And They’re Off!

So, who’s tired of hearing about the SGO program yet? I’m not! I love Indiana’s premiere system (the envy of other states) that allows donors to school scholarships to receive a 50% tax credit on their Indiana state taxes. And more and more donors agree with me. The program has been accelerating over the past… Read more »

We’re in the Endowment Home Stretch

Summer. Baseball. And Endowments. When does $1 turn into $3? With the area Lutheran Schools’ endowment match challenge! Now through June 30, if you support one of seventeen Northeast Indiana-area K-8 Lutheran schools with a gift to their endowment fund, The Lutheran Foundation will not only match that gift to the school’s endowment, it will… Read more »