2021-2022 Stewardship Campaign
More than 70% of UUC’s annual revenue comes from Members and Friends who make a financial pledge of support each year. Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. This is part of our UU tradition, and it allows our congregation to make plans for the future.
If you are interested in making a pledge to support UUC’s ministry and social justice work, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide information on how you can make your pledge and the various ways you can fulfill that commitment. Thank you.
Online giving has never been easier - or more essential. While we're still discerning what life will be like for us as a post-Covid-19 congregation, we do know that your generosity and commitment to our mission and vision continue to enable our important presence in the Clearwater community.
There are three easy ways to give:
(2) Text-to-give: (727) 500-2410
Text a dollar amount to this phone number. The first time you text, you will be asked to enter in your information to register your phone. To give in the future, simply text "give" to this number. You'll be emailed a receipt, and you can immediately type "refund" if you accidentally entered "1000" instead of "10.00."
(3) Mail a check to us at: 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Why should I pledge financial support to UUC?
Fulfilling UUC’s vision to be an inclusive religious community, a beacon for a reason, meaning and bold social action requires everyone’s investment. It’s difficult to put a dollar amount on the cost of aspirations, but we know the lack of funding limits our ability to be a strong voice through enriching programs like the choir and social justice outreach. At a very basic level, your financial pledge is necessary to support daily operational expenses, such as keeping the lights on, buying supplies and paying staff.
What do I “get” for my financial support?
Determining value is a personal decision. How much is this community worth to you? How important is it to you for us to insure that our religious message has a strong and healthy home where it can be made available to others who may be looking for a religion that promotes inclusion, diversity and hope? How much is the education of our children worth? How much is justice worth? How important is an inspiring Sunday morning experience to you?
How much should I pledge?
Consider your values, your income and your needs. Then give as generously as you can! The Fair Share Giving Guidelines (coming soon) suggests between 2 percent and 5 percent of your annual income. Also look at the Gift Levels (link coming soon) that provide the numbers needed of each gift. Find your most generous level and pledge that amount.
This year, please take a fresh look at your annual budget!
Have you been giving the same amount for several years? Please review your personal budget and see if you can fulfill some increased level. Approximately 75 percent of UUC basic expenses are being paid through pledges. However, a rule of thumb for faith communities is for pledges to provide 80 percent of basic operating support. We as a congregation have a ways to go to support our vision.
Legacy Giving/Planned Gifts
The support of UUC through gifts after your death to meet long-term needs of the Congregation is called Legacy Giving. Some gifts give again and again. Your planned gift can transform the future of our Congregation and ensure that it thrives well into the lives of future generations.
It takes only a little planning. It can be as simple as including a bequest to UUC in your will or trust, or naming UUC as a beneficiary on your retirement plan or insurance policy. Please click here for the LEGACY GIVING FORM.
YOU CAN TELL US HOW TO USE YOUR GIFT:
Unrestricted Gift - This category of giving helps us maintain our UUC operating funds.
Restricted Gift - This category of giving is dedicated to capital projects and/or building/property maintenance.
Endowment Gift - This category of giving goes directly to the UUC Endowment Foundation, where capital is held in perpetuity. 4.25% of annual income generated by this fund is contributed to UUC.
LEGACY GIVING OPTIONS
There are many ways to make legacy gifts to UUC:
Through your Will
Your financial and legal advisors can help with the best option for you.
OUR PLEDGE TO YOU:
We will carefully manage your gift. Whether your gift is unrestricted (to be used for the general benefit of our congregation), or restricted (to be used for projects and/or capital improvements to UUC's buildings or campus), the UUC Board of Trustees is committed to carefully administering your bequest. The UUC Endowment Foundation operates under a separate Board that is equally committed to careful management of your gift. Please click here for the LEGACY GIVING FORM.
For information about the UUC Endowment Foundation, click HERE.