Jon Dize, CFRE, joined the ministry in October 2023 as the Director of Operations & Legacy Giving. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including budgets, accounts payable/receivables, benefit plans, and policies/procedures. He will also develop and manage the administration of planned giving/estate gifts on behalf of the ministry with donors across the country.
He is also an independent and LCEF consultant and fundraising coach/mentor to schools, churches, and other nonprofits, working with small and large organizations to foster and strengthen the concept of the Biblical Cheerful Giver. Mr. Dize specializes in creating advancement programs, resurrecting lapsed programs, and helping nonprofits hire and train new fundraising staff during times of transition.
He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1991; over more than 30 years, he has been on staff with K-12 Lutheran School associations, School Choice tax-credit systems, healthcare-related entities, and higher education institutions and has served in roles ranging from Executive Director, Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Planned Giving. Mr. Dize has been a speaker at several local, regional, and national conferences in person and virtually and recently served a second stint on the Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) after completing two terms on the national board of the Association of Christian Fundraising (formerly ALDE).
He 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 the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He and his family attend Promise Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana (LCMS) where he is a former elder and former vice-chair of the board.