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Transformational Service

Transformational Service and Action Learning Appendix B Foundation Resource Outline Project Name: None 1. What is your organization’s name? What is their mission? The Koina Center. Koina comes from the Greek word Koinania—Koina means common as in belonging to all, sharing, mutual. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 Challenge: When many organizations are attempting to raise funds at the same time it creates tension between organizations and amongst potential donors. There is a scarcity mentality that does not foster an atmosphere of working together. Solution: Focus on “problem solving” vs. “gift getting” by creating a collaborative environment not a competitive environment. Vision: To create a dedicated support organization that will serve as a fund development/ stewardship resource to all Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) based education ministries in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. Mission: The Koina Center will provide pathways for connecting people who care with causes that matter for now and in the future. The Koina Center will do this by first convening people together, helping them collaborate for the common good, and then seeing people contribute to those ministries they serve. (convene, collaborate, contribute) 2. What is the main problem or challenge that the organization is addressing? Basically, what need or gap is going unfulfilled in the community? It is important that you find well-chosen statistics that portray the human side of the community problem and exhibit geographic sensitivity (i.e., why the need is greater here than elsewhere). In the past several things have kept our Lutheran schools strong: (a) our reputation for excellent academic education as well as sound Lutheran doctrine has kept our classrooms full. (the academic excellence is supported by The Nation’s Report Card: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/studies/2006459.pdf ); (b) strong giving from congregations to support the schools. Today, we are not the only “charity” in town. From a religious denomination standpoint, we are also a minority in West MI. The Reformed Church and the Catholic Church are both much larger than the Lutheran Church in West MI; (c) Today, we have to “toot our own horn” to show people that their children will get the best academic education and be at a doctrinally sound school. 3. What solution is the organization suggesting for resolving this community need? In addition, generate a description of the approach that the organization hopes to employ in resolving the problem/need. Marketing: (a) Internal—presentations, newsletters, promotional material and external—media, on-line, printed materials; (b) outreach / education; (c) special events and Journal of Public Affairs Education 41

Transformational Service and Action Learning fundraising; (d) capital campaigns; (e) planned giving—setting up professional resources such as Estate planners, attorneys, CPA’s—Available to church members and remind people of options for donations to Lutheran Education through The Koina Center; (f) stewardship—fiscal responsibility—Time, Talent, Treasury; (g) building community in all of our churches and schools—help everyone to take ownership in our Lutheran Education System; and (h) scholarships—make Lutheran Education available to more children. a. What are the organization’s goals (i.e., broadly defined) for this solution? Core Values Donor Focus: to facilitate donors interests with program assistance that makes giving easy, personally satisfying and effective. (Inclination model, what am I inclined to do as a way for me to practice financial care?) Catalyst: to be a neutral convener and facilitator, stimulating and promoting collaborations among various organizations to accomplish common objectives. Permanence: to encourage the growth of a permanent charitable endowment to meet the Lutheran community’s changing needs for now and in the future. Impact: to carry out a strategic grant making program that is flexible, visionary and inclusive. (an extension of annual campaigns and capital campaigns) Partnerships: we seek relationships with professional advisors (attorneys, accountants/CPA and financial planners), community leaders, non-profit organizations and other foundations to exchange ideas, share information and collaborate to build a better community. Uniqueness: A single source for giving that connects people who care with the Lutheran educational ministries they care about. Integrity: we recognize the responsibility of stewarding community resources wisely and judiciously, adhering to the highest ethical standards. 5. Fund Development: a. What is the total amount of funds sought for this solution? Unlimited b. How much has been secured thus far? From corporate sponsorship? West Michigan Lutheran High School (WMLHS) From grant funds (e.g., public and private)? Which were approached and why? Church Extension Fund $10,000. They were approached because we knew that the funds would be granted and we need the “seed” money to get things going. . . . e. What ongoing fund development strategies have been generated by the organization to sustain their solution(s)? If none have been created, you will need to create them. 1. WMLHS—At the last BoD meeting when “The Koina Center” was established, the Board made a financial commitment of the following: (a) Directly affects each school—$9,000 towards advertising of our Lutheran Schools. This includes Grand Rapids Family 42 Journal of Public Affairs Education

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