Funding the Mission

Building expansion benefits St. John Kendallville: New Classrooms Are Better Equipped for Student Learning

St. John Lutheran School in Kendallville is undergoing a building expansion that means big changes for students. With the addition of new classrooms, a cafeteria, library, and bigger bathrooms, teachers Alexandra Klaehn and Linda Atz are seeing the effects of these changes firsthand. “We needed space. We had a portable classroom for many years. It’s… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »