Tis the Season…

  Giving to your UU congregation now could be a win-win As my colleague Bill Clontz eloquently described in his November post, it’s the year-end holiday season when many of us examine our finances and charitable giving.  This is a normal part of year-end financial and tax planning.  But of course, this is anything but…

Answers to Your Questions about the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide

Quite often we get questions about how to tailor the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide for people who do not have regular paychecks or predictable income streams.  This includes retirees who draw from IRAs or 401Ks for much of their living expenses, and for whom Adjusted Gross Income understates their income and financial capacity. It…

Unitarian Universalism and Stewardship for 2017 and Beyond

Stewardship, the future is in your hands

I’m delighted to report that Unitarian Universalism is alive and well – in fact, by some measures, we are thriving.  Over the past year, we stewardship consultants have seen an uptick in capital campaigns, including some large and ambitious ones.  Stewardship for Us assisted 14 congregations with financial feasibility studies or capital campaigns (or both)…

Stewardship Q&As from GA

I had the wonderful experience of co-leading a workshop at General Assembly with my wife, Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, an Accredited Interim Minister, and Andrea Lerner, a UUA Transition Specialist.  The workshop was about Stewardship for Congregations in Transition. Check out the slides and handouts at the following link: http://www.uua.org/finance/fundraising/presentations/congregations-transition We had so many questions from the…

Stewardship for Congregations in Transition

Congregations in transition – that is between settled ministers – face opportunities and decisions.  What should they and their interim ministers focus on to move the congregation forward and to prepare the ground for the new minister and the ministries that will emerge?  How best to take advantage of the interim experience to innovate, re-imagine,…

Let’s Talk to One Another

The Search for an Easier Way I recently read about a Unitarian Universalist congregation that conducted its annual budget drive entirely electronically.  Information about the budget goals and case for giving were sent by email, and congregants were invited to make their financial commitments online.  The congregation claimed that this was highly successful in raising…

Frictionless Giving – Easy Engagement

Let's Incorporate e-Giving

Fire up those Smart Phones “Good morning.  Our service is about to begin, take out your smart phones and get ready.”  Let’s face it, smart phones are going to be an increasing presence in congregation life for connection and e-Giving, including during the Sunday morning worship service.  There’s no escaping this – nor is there…

Reaching Out Beyond, Dreaming Bigger

How many rings of engagement can we support?

How can we extend the reach and impact of Unitarian Universalism? There has been much talk about “congregations and beyond.”  Among other things, this includes efforts to engage people who are not all that likely to join our congregations, especially younger people and those who declare their religious affiliation as “none.”  We are convinced that…