Tending the Flame
Each year UUFC members and friends come together to make the pledges of financial support that enable the UUFC to exist, and to serve as a beacon of liberal religion and the focal point of a vibrant community.
The 2018-2019 pledge drive will begin on April 13. We invite you to give generously and pledge early! Your early participation will help us save valuable time and resources. Your Annual Pledge is the single most important source of support for the Fellowship and nothing else is more important than your continued generous contribution to the UUFC operating budget. As always, we aim for 100 % participation, and we ask all pledgers to consider increasing their pledge this year. If the average pledge increases by 2 to 3 %, we can readily meet our goal of $400,000, and not only maintain our thriving Fellowship, but significantly expand our social and environmental justice work through community organizing training.
Pledging can be a spiritual practice – an activity we choose to engage in which, over time, helps us grow in wisdom, compassion and love. To pledge and regularly pay that pledge calls one toward greater generosity.
Each week we say together the words of our offering, “From the countless gifts we each have been given, gifts of life, and love, and sustenance, we bring these small portions to share in the works of love, which none of us can accomplish alone.” Our pledges are much the same: we each bring our portions, and together we share in the great works of love which the UUFC can accomplish. As a congregation and as a community, we can do more together than we can individually.
Our Shared Future
We are in the second year of three-year Capital Campaign. While your Annual Pledge is the single most important source of support for the Fellowship, we also ask everyone who hasn’t participated yet to consider an additional Capital Campaign Pledge for our Building Enhancement Project, above and beyond their Annual Pledge. This will help fund the construction of a new social hall and much-needed upgrades to our buildings.
Where does our money come from, and where does it go?
The majority of our funding comes from our pledge drive. Your pledges are the bedrock of our budget – our plan for the coming year.
Our expenditures go primarily to staff salaries and major programs. We are the only Unitarian Universalist congregation in Benton County, the only place between Salem and Eugene where children, youth, and adults may engage in UU Religious Exploration. We provide a Unitarian Universalist voice in our community, and a place where we explore, love, and act together.
How much should I pledge?
This is a question for each family or individual to make personally.
*Ask yourself what you most value about what we do here?
*Ask yourself what you dream of us doing in the future.
*Now, ask yourself how you can stretch to support this vision and our mission.
The UUA has developed a Fair Share Giving Guide (below) to encourage UU members to aspire toward proportional giving, with 2% of one’s annual income considered the minimum for “fair share” giving. This is simply a guide – some of our members pledge at higher levels and others at lower levels, based on their capability. We therefore ask our members to consider pledging a percentage of their annual income. See the Pledging Worksheet for one approach to determining this.