Funding our covenant. Building On Our Strengths. Reimagining Congregational Giving. 1. COVENANT. Together, we are the Association of Unitarian Universalist congregations We are connected by covenant Our covenant lives in our relationships with one another and the world…
Reimagining Congregational Giving
Together, we are the Association of Unitarian Universalist congregations
We are connected by covenant
Our covenant lives in our relationships with one another and the world…
- and that should include our congregational giving to support our world-wide mission
FUNDING OUR COVENANT
We live our covenant with one another through financial gifts to our Districts, Region, and Association
BUILDING A NEW WAY
Generously INVESTING FOR Tomorrow
SOUTHERN REGION PILOT
Why was the Southern Region Selected for This Pilot Program?
*For those not in our region, taking part in GIFT, an average amount of $82/member (range of $77-$87)
SOUTHERN REGION PILOT
How Did the UUA Arrive at 7%?
WE TOOK District Dues Collected in 2011-12
Net UUA payments to Districts (APF, etc.)
Total APF Payments Collected
ADDED TOGETHER AND DIVIDED BY…
Total Budget Amounts reported Feb. 1, 2012
7% of the Expenditures reported in 2012 would provide Total District and APF funds collected that year
The goal is to more equally spread the financial commitments while maintaining the same total level of support
The UUA’s Definition of Certified Expenditures
UUA Treasurer and Stewardship & Development Staff
www.uua.org/uu directory/data services-FAQ-Total Operating Expenses
How Will Funds be Collected?
Districts will work with Congregations having a Fiscal Year other than 1 JUL – 30 JUN to coordinate the reporting that determines the funds to be contributed
Congregations will send ONE SET OF PAYMENTS to Our UUA in Boston on the schedule of their choosing
Quarterly, UUA will disburse funds to the Region based on a formula under development
Region will distribute funds to Districts based on our own formula
The UUA is planning contingencies to cover shortfalls during the transition. The UUA is accepting the risk in this transition.
How Will We Approach Congregations?
Feb – MarWatch Video from Peter Morales; Help Plan or Host a Cluster Event
Mar – AprAttend/Host a GIFT Event; Welcome a Visiting Steward
May – JuneReturn Your Commitment Form
JulyThe Adventure Begins With Your Help
See the Talking Points and
What Does the UUA Do for Us papers
for a more through discussion
What about being Fair Share congregations?
Tiers of Recognition vs. In or Out.
What if we can’t get to 7% now?
Together we will explore your Intentions and make a Plan.
This appears to represent a higher level of contribution than the current system. Is it?
No. The change will vary by congregation; this represents an increase in contributions for about 40% of our congregations; 60% of us will see a decrease or remain about the same. Funding at 7% of expenditures across all congregations will fund the UUA and districts at approximately the same level as they are funded now; it just spreads the cost more equitably.
What do you mean by Certified Expenditures?
As always, the Honor System prevails., in both directions.
Congregations are just coming out of recession. Our first obligation is to our own programs and staff. Why should we support increased commitments expected from some to District and the UUA now?
The UUA is a covenantal organization, based on mutual support. The UUA counts on us to provide the resources that enable the association to support us, but also to represent us globally and to do those things we cannot do effectively as individual congregations. We do not have the luxury of taking care of our home congregation first, and then supporting the UUA at some future date, or vice versa.
Thank You for the investment of your time, your intention, and your service.