Ready for Planned Giving?

Do you think your Planned Giving program is firing on all cylinders? Is it vibrant and engaging or barely there? Are you really ready for The Legacy Challenge or does it need some shaping up? Rather than Planned Giving, I prefer the term: Long Term Stewardship That’s because people give more long term gifts, because…

The Thermometer is Banished! Finding a Better Image for Your Campaign

In response to our call last month for a better graphic image than that tired old thermometer to depict progress on your stewardship campaign, you came up with some really clever ideas you have used either this year or in the recent past. Thanks for sharing! There are a lot of good ideas out there.…

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…

Taking Measure

Is Your Congregation SICK? No? Then Why Are You Waving that Thermometer Around? This is the time of year when many congregations are just completing their annual stewardship drive. That suggests two questions you might want to entertain for your campaign next year. One, what sort of visual aids are you using to depict elements…

All Aboard at the Stewardship Station!

Does your Commons area have a Stewardship Station, where all can come aboard to learn and share? by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant Walk into just about any of our congregations and in the Commons or Greeting Table area, you will find an array of literature about Unitarian Universalism. Happily, one will also usually find much…

What About That Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide ?

Is the Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide Too Complex? Too Demanding? Too Rigid? Nope, Nope, and Nope!   by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant   This is the time of year wherein many congregations are conducting annual stewardship drives. That  means we receive a lot of inquiries about now concerning the UUA’s Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide (SFSCG).…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can your members hear your stewardship message?                   Let’s improve the odds for communication success.     Not too long ago, an actor became something of an icon in American culture, as he travelled all over the country asking, “Can You Hear Me Now?” on behalf of…

Phasing A Building Project – Campaign Size Does Matter

Multi-phase church building projects, and campaigns to fund them, require excellent planning in order to succeed. If you are thinking of embarking on a building project, here are some things to consider: How big a project can we take on? Before hiring an architect to sketch out your dream building, have a general idea of…