The LSGO of Ohio’s purpose is to raise scholarship dollars for students to attend Lutheran high schools and elementary schools throughout Ohio. The LSGO of Ohio’s scholarships will primarily be awarded to low-income students whose household income is under 300% of the poverty threshold. Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) were just recently brought into existence in the most recent Ohio legislative session.
As of January 2022, The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (LGSO Ohio) has filed with the Internal Revenue Service to be recognized as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS has not yet ruled on the LGSO of Ohio's application.
Contributors to the LSGO of Ohio will be given a tax credit for their contributions; the tax credit will be able to be applied to their Ohio state income tax liability, dollar-for-dollar, up to $750. Pending regulations from the State of Ohio’s Attorney General’s Office, it is not yet clear whether this tax credit will be available in 2021, or if the program will not commence until 2022.
Meet Executive Director Dr. Randall Luecke, CPA
Dr. Luecke has an extensive background in the financial industry, having most recently held the position of CFO at Odle Management Group, LLC. From 2013 through 2020, he was CFO and Treasurer at Clearwater, FL-based Eckerd Connects, a $325 million not-for-profit organization. Additionally, Luecke served as Acting President & CFO of Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI from 2010-2013.
Luecke’s resume also includes C-level executive positions at CSA International / OnSpeX (Cleveland, OH), CSA Group (Toronto, Canada), CSA America Inc. (Cleveland, OH), and St. Alexis Hospital Medical Center (Cleveland, OH), as well as work at Deloitte & Touche, KMG Main Hurdman, and Ernst & Whinney.
He holds a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University, an MBA in Business Administration from Lehigh University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Concordia University Ann Arbor.
Luecke maintains 13 professional certifications in the fields of finance, IT, accounting and human resources. He is a frequent lecturer and author for accounting, financial, and HR journals, with over 70 articles published in 25 different publications. He has served on the boards of Evolution Insurance Company, Pioneer Insurance Company, and the Thrivent Member Network Board for the Southeastern Region. He served in an editorial capacity for Strategic Finance and The Ohio CPA Journal. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accounting.