Funding the Mission

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 »

St. Peter’s does the heart good

In February, students at St. Peter’s Lutheran School raised $7,850 for the American Heart Association during the school’s Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events, part of a national effort to fight cardiovascular disease and promote fitness. Students began seeking donations and participating in event-related activities early in the month. Kindergarteners through fourth-graders… Read more »

Would you turn down a $5,000 donation?

Ask yourself, and your board, this question: Would you turn down $5,000 a year, forever? How about $10,000? How about $100,000 a year? I hate to say this, but many of our area Lutheran schools are doing just that: turning down “free” money. Money that could provide significant support for now and into the future…. Read more »

With a little help from my friends

I’ve always loved the sound of the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My friends.” Not to say I don’t love the sound of the Joe Cocker Woodstock version, but the Beatles’ version was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon specifically for Ringo to sing; still very “Beatles,” but customized for his unique… Read more »

Where is your heart?

Like many of you, I held off until Thanksgiving night to start listening to Christmas music, and I haven’t turned off Bing Crosby since. One of the songs in my iTunes account is the Harry Connick Jr. song “When My Heart Finds Christmas.” One line in particular causes me to pause: “In my eyes are… Read more »

What’s in your wallet?

No, I’m not asking you to empty the contents of your wallet for an SGO gift (unless you want to!). The once-popular TV credit card commercial would run through all the wonderful things that the person or family could do with just the right piece of plastic in their grasp. I’d like to challenge every… Read more »

What’s old is new again

In the fundraising world, we’re often encouraged to “try something new,” to “keep it fresh,” or “don’t do it like we’ve always done it.” While these are great concepts to keep in mind, in many instances, we’re finding that the “tried-and-true methods” are called that for a reason: They work! For instance … 1. Millennials:… Read more »