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Our Approach...

We are a strong proponent of the Biblical Cheerful Giver; of Fundraising as a calling; and the necessity of moving from a "bake sale mentality to a tradition of philanthropy.

Fundraising is not begging, nor is it apologizing. Fundraising giving donors the joy of supporting your mission. LIA, or Link, Interest, and Ability, is the formula for successful methodical philanthropic support.

We believe the fundraising model found most often in the Higher Ed (college/university) is scalable to K-12 education, churches, and other nonprofits.

We avoid cookie-cutter solutions; every nonprofit is different, just as every board member is different and every constituency model is different.

Who We Work With...

Thanks to my work with The Lutheran Schools Partnership and The Lutheran SGO of Indiana over the past decade, we specialize in faith-based nonprofits, specifically the churches, schools, and RSOs of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

However, we have worked, and continue to work with, universities, healthcare organizations, relief missions, community development organizations, youth organizations, Arts groups, etc.

And, we have worked with established nonprofits as well as new organizations. We have helped start a few nonprofits as well.

It all started in a small apartment on North Street...

Like most people, I never thought I would be in nonprofit management. In fact, growing up I wanted to be an astronomer! However, thanks to a student internship, a degree in finance, a love of history, and the Grace of God, here I am, 27 years later, helping churches, schools, and other nonprofits blaze new trails and discover the joy of fundraising.


Meet Jon Dize:

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Jon Dize, CFRE serves as the Fundraising Coach for The Lutheran Schools Partnership, where he coaches 18 Lutheran schools in Northeast Indiana in the areas of advancement, development, and fundraising, including annual giving, planned giving, endowment building, alumni engagement, and event management. Mr. Dize also is the founder and administrator of The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana, where he manages the Scholarship Tax Credit Program for over 50 nonpublic schools in Indiana.

Mr. Dize started in the nonprofit sector in 1991, working with higher education and healthcare-related institutions in roles ranging from Executive Director, Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Planned Giving.

He founded North Street Development Advisors in 2001, where he has helped create new 501(c)3 entities and has guided numerous organizations, both established and grass-roots, in the areas of Strategic Planning; Board Development; Feasibility Studies; System Analysis; Major Giving; Planned Giving; Annual Giving; Event Management; Grant Writing; Marketing; and Graphic Design programs. In addition to working with organizational leadership to create strategic fundraising plans, Mr. Dize also specializes in creating advancement programs, resurrecting lapsed programs, and as an interim during times of staff transition.

Mr. Dize serves on the boards of the Indiana NonPublic Education Association (INPEA) and the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE), and has presented at numerous association conferences on fundraising-related topics, including ALDE, the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS), the Lutheran Education Association (LEA), and Best Practices for Ministry (BPM).

Mr. Dize graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hillsdale College with a BA degree in finance and minors in Economics and History. He has his CFRE designation and received his CFRM and Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He and his family attend Promise Ministries Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana (LCMS).


Helping you help others...

I am a philanthropy coach; I run alongside a nonprofit and/or their fundraising professional and help them improve their activities, programs, and practices. We also work together to change the culture of an organization from Bake Sales to Philanthropy and help uncover the Cheerful Giver within their donors.

Looking back over 25 years in nonprofit management, my time as a staff member, executive leader, and consultant has taught me a few things, including how to start, build, grow, resurrect, sustain, and expand advancement programs at nonprofits at all stages of development.

I am an experienced advancement partner for nonprofits, including the following:
*New organization creation
*Strategic Planning
*Policies and Procedures
*Board Development
*Feasibility Studies
*System Analysis
*Major Giving
*Planned Giving
*Event Management
*Grant Writing
*Social Media
*Graphic Design

I have worked in, or with, organizations in Higher Education; K-12 Education; Religious; Youth Services; Health Care; Long-Term Care; and Economic Development.


As time allows I attempt to train for Spring Triathlons, reminisce on the '85 Chicago Bears, watch "It's a Wonderful Life" every Christmas, can often be found at Third Day concerts, and consider myself a Star Wars Lutheran. We worship at Promise Ministries Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.

I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana with my wife and family. While Fort Wayne is a place people are usually from, not a place people travel to, there are many reasons that Fort Wayne is voted the best place to live in several annual reports, from our low cost of living to our location of 2-3 hours from Indianapolis and Chicago.

Next Steps...

Let us know how we can help you, from strategic outlines to board development, and from hiring a fundraising staffer to running a successful special event, contact us. We can work on an hourly basis, per project, and on a monthly retainer to fit any budget.