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Lutheran Services regroups

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nancy Arne Jones, director of development for Raleigh-based Lutheran Family Services for 6˝ years, has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement.

Jones, who says major gifts and planned giving will get a big push, plans to hire a director of donor relations and a major gifts officer.

To end several years of operating shortfalls, Lutheran Family Services earlier this year cut 46 positions in the Carolinas, or 10 percent of its staff, including two jobs in the nine-person advancement office.

“With the economy not turning up but turning down, it was clear we were going to have to do some cutbacks in order to get the financials under control and to begin to break even operationally,” says Suzanne Wise, the group’s president.

She says the organization, which has an annual budget of $22 million and last year served just over 10,000 people, is in the early stages of planning a big campaign that could focus on capital needs or on boosting its $1 million annual fund or $2.5 million endowment.

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