SCOLBE Success Story...
Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha
Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha is owned and supported by an association of 16 congregations with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. More than 400 K-12 grade students are part of the ministry's mission.
The Lutheran school system relies on gifts for nearly a quarter of its revenue. Success in attracting and retaining donors is critical to the mission of the school, said Rev. Jim Rasmussen, CEO.
As the staff considered ways to increase the effectiveness of the gift development program, they focused on key questions such as: How could they raise more money? Should they hire a major gifts/gift planning officer? What was the potential of the current staff? What tools and training opportunities would move them to the next level?
A team of SCOLBE development professionals began by gathering background information about the school's donor base and its gift development program. Advisors determined that the current development staff could achieve the necessary results.They recommended hiring an events and volunteer coordinator to oversee fundraising events, freeing up the development staff to focus on building relationships with donors.
The SCOLBE team also recommended a training and a mentoring program to help staff develop professionally. Currently Rev. Rasmussen and his school are eagerly carrying out the advisors' recommendations.