Funding the Mission

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 »

Four ways that SGOs skyrocketed in 2013-14

The SGO program in Indiana, a.k.a. the School Tax Credit Program, blew off the charts in 2013-14, nearly running out of available credits. Students all over Indiana benefited from charitable giving to scholarships that was encouraged by a generous 50-percent state tax credit. What were the results for The Lutheran SGO of Indiana? 1. Total… Read more »

The HOW of Endowments

In February, I wrote about endowments, The Lutheran Foundation’s ongoing efforts to match endowment funds for our area Lutheran schools, and why every school and every school board should be focused on raising these needed funds. Now that I have convinced you why to support an endowment, I suppose you would like to know how… Read more »

Endowment building: the future of our schools

In fundraising circles, we’re taught that “annual giving helps keep the lights on, but endowments ensure your long-term viability.” We’re blessed in northeast Indiana that The Lutheran Foundation has been helping area Lutheran schools secure their future with an endowment-services matching-grant program since the 2009-2010 school year. Basing the amounts each year per school on… Read more »

Year-end giving reminders

The elves here at the The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran SGO of Indiana have been very busy processing year-end gifts for donors wanting to complete their support of Lutheran education by December 31. We took a quick break from our spreadsheets and thank-you letters to provide the following list of reminders and helpful… Read more »

First SGO Thanksgiving event set for November 7

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana will host their first SGO Thanksgiving event, “Sharing God’s Opportunities.” The event will be held at the International Ballroom at IPFW and will feature entertainment, a cocktail hour, dinner, and a presentation by a national leader. The… Read more »

Counting SGO’s impact

The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) of Indiana reports that the 18 Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana raised more than $260,000 in donations to support scholarships for students during the 2012–2013 school year. Why is this important? Let us count the ways …