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…

Ideas to Boost Funding for Your Programs – PART I

Every year congregations ask for ideas to boost their program funding. How can we change things up so that our annual budget drive inspires people? One approach is to get information in front of them every month of the year about WHY you are here and WHAT you do. Pick a different item to highlight…

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.…

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…

Why Should I Give You Money? Making the Case

Financial stewardship in congregations and other closely involved organizations is quite different from nonprofit fundraising. We are not trying to reach people “out there” to contribute to helping a disadvantaged population or environment “over there.” We are working together to support an organization that belongs to us, and where we benefit from the mission. It…

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…

“On A Scale of 1 -10 (10 = Great), I Would Rate Stewardship on Our Website at About -3”

by Bill Clontz, Stewardship Consultant Does the title above sound familiar? Your website is effectively your Electronic Commons and your Electronic Front Door. It’s where potential visitors find you and where members come for information, ideas, and inspiration. Where and how stewardship is seen on your website is important. Unfortunately, on too many of our…