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…

A Stewardship Campaign Only Lasts a Few Weeks. Why Would We Need a Year-Round Stewardship Team?

Why do we need year-round stewardship teams? As you might imagine, this is a question the Stewardship for Us team hears often from congregations. It’s an easy question to answer, but a genuinely important one to address. A standing, year-round team is  fundamental for  successful and healthy stewardship environments.IIt’s essential to recognize that the annual…

It’s Showtime! A Free Webinar is Coming

A short time ago, we encouraged you to “Save the Date” for an upcoming FREE Stewardship for Us webinar and to stand by for information on participating. Well, it’s Showtime! This is an early – mid-point for many congregations in planning their annual stewardship campaign and supporting information programs for the year. Many of us…

Save the Date!

A FREE Stewardship Webinar is Coming Your Way     The Stewardship for Us team will be conducting a free webinar in October specifically designed to answer your questions. – Thinking about changing your stewardship approach? – Wondering how to recruit stewardship volunteers? –  Looking for ways to engage persistent non-pledgers or very low pledgers? –…

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…

Webinar: Gift Acceptance Policy

What kinds of gifts does your congregation want? What kinds of gifts is your congregation not prepared to accept? These two questions are pivotal to asking for and receiving financial gifts that will stabilize the congregation’s finances, fuel your mission, and prepare for the future. They also make a difference to people who want to…

Are Gifts to Your Congregation Secured?

Janet makes a planned gift to her congregation, and notifies the person on the committee assigned to keep that list. Allison also makes a planned gift to her congregation, and notifies the right person. However, Janet’s gift never “realizes” – that is, the congregation never receives that donation. Allison’s, on the other hand, does “realize”…