SGO

Stop Sending

That is what the email from the Indiana Department of Revenue said this week: “Stop Sending”. While most people dread an email from the DOR, we get them regularly at The Lutheran SGO of Indiana as we secure SGO Tax Credit certificates for donors to the 48 schools in our SGO family. Unfortunately, this email… Read more »

SGO Tax Credits: Racing Toward the Finish

Last legislative session, the SGO program was given an extra $1 million in tax credits, moving our cap from $7.5 to $8.5 million. That’s $2 million more donations in the race. Sounds good, right? We won’t run out of credits before the finish line? Well, we are monitoring this race closely. We keep track how… Read more »

Lutherans Nominated for Foellinger Foundation Stewardship Award

For the past 9 years, the Foellinger Foundation has encouraged nonprofits in Allen County to nominate an outstanding board member for the annual Stewardship Award. All nominees are recognized in various news media and at a special luncheon and awards ceremony in October. The Foundation will then chose one winner from the dozens of nominees,… 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 »

Join us for a cracker jack night

Put it on your calendar: This year’s Lutheran Night at the TinCaps is set for Saturday, August 29. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. You won’t want to miss the fireworks, ZOOperstars, and more! Like last season, the Tin Caps will donate $1 from each ticket sold in advance (no later than July 17) to… 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 »

Thanks for your support

Thanks to the more than 350 parents, students, administrators, board members, pastors, and other interested parties who filled the International Ballroom at IPFW on January 27 for the Allen County School Choice Rally. I hope you were one of the attendees shouting “Good Choice!” in response to “School Choice!” From the “School Choice Dance” led… 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 »