What stewardship has come to mean in most faith communities, including the UUCC, is the annual process of obtaining commitments of financial support for the next fiscal year. It is the way – the only way – we can plan ahead. So, although our Bylaws only require an annual “contribution of record” in order to remain a member, one clearly should go further and commit to future support by way of a pledge so that we can create and adopt a budget to guide our operations.
You decide for yourself what you are able to pledge. Whereas many mainline denominations ask for a “tithe” – 10% of their members’ household income – we aspire to a pledge of 5% of your household income and hope that you will also support other worthy causes of your choosing (see “Sustainer” level in the chart below). Once you have determined the total amount of your pledge, you can pay it on whatever schedule suits you best. Please contact the UUCC office for more details.
We realize every member’s circumstances are different and ask that you pledge what you are able. We do believe that a substantial financial commitment to your religious community leads to a deeper engagement with that community. We invite that deeper engagement.
Some testimonies about stewardship from our members:
- I contribute my resources, both financial and otherwise, so that the UUCC can continue its mission to challenge us to continued transformation – working to deepen our spiritual commitment to work toward justice for all. –Sage Brook
- We increase our pledge year over year because we believe the work of the church is growing more vital to our lives and to the well-being of our community. –Megan and Jim Van Fleet
- I am the beneficiary of the generosity of countless members over the years who have grown and nurtured this place. It is now my turn AND my responsibility to ensure that others have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the UUCC. –Michael Elder
- I make my pledge to the UUCC – and resolve to increase it each year – out of gratitude for all that our church has contributed to my spiritual journey. to me, stewardship is also an affirmation of faith. –Barry Ahrendt
For a message from our Stewardship Team about the current campaign, Changing Lives and Inspiring Generosity, please click here.
The annual stewardship campaign generally runs February through March. Based on the results of the campaign, the Coordinating Team develops the budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1 and presents the budget to the Finance Team, the Board of Trustees and then to the membership for adoption at the Congregational Conversation in early June.
To participate in this year’s Changing Lives and Inspiring Generosity stewardship campaign by pledging online, go here.
Suggested levels of giving (click chart to enlarge):
CHARITABLE TAX STATUS
The UUCC is an IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) and 170(c) charitable religious organization. The UUCC tax-exempt federal identification number is 56-6056289. For estate tax purposes, bequests, legacies, devises, or transfers to the UUCC or the Trust are deductible as they are in accord with the provision of the Internal Revenue Code Section 2055(a) and related regulations.