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S4Us Annual Pledge Drive Survey: Please Take it!

People often ask us, “What is a usual median pledge?” “What pledge quartiles are congregations getting these days; have they changed?”  “What pledge drive strategies are working?” You may have other questions like these, whose answers might be very helpful in trying to improve your stewardship. For that reason we are gathering data from you […]

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Recruiting Leaders for Stewardship and the Annual Drive

We are hearing from you that recruiting stewardship leaders is a real challenge. Here are some tips! Although some people have extra responsibilities or are worn out from their daily lives, others are impatient to engage again and are looking for new or different things to do. If you are doubtful that you will find

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A Brief and Subjective Glossary of Stewardship Terms

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are past and many congregations are working on their Spring pledge drives in earnest, this might be a good time to define some words associated with stewardship. Here is a short list of vocabulary, with some comments about each one – this is not your mother’s dictionary! Stewardship

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Getting Ready for Spring Drives: Friday Forum January 22, 2021

  Join Barry Finkelstein and Rachel Maxwell Friday January 22nd at 1 PM Eastern / Noon Central  / 11 AM Mountain / 10 AM Pacific for an open forum on Spring Pledge Drives. We’ll share information and stories about where you are in preparing for your Spring Pledging. Barry and Rachel will briefly present basics

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The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on this year’s stewardship campaigns and fulfillment – Survey Results

Don’t miss our Open Forum this Friday, May 22nd. We will discuss virtual fundraisers for UU congregations.  We are eager to hear your ideas and experiences in conducting virtual events to attract funds while engaging in virtual fun. You should have received the Zoom link in your email. If not, contact us (email at the

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Symposium on Stewardship During Virtual Sundays

The focus of this week’s Zoom Symposium was Stewardship During Virtual Sundays. We hope our slides and video, as well as the sharing of ideas among congregations, are helpful as you continue to build a Sunday online experience, and other virtual programs for your congregation.   The symposium covered the opportunities for asking for pledges and

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Pledge Drive Communications Now: Intelligence from the Symposium

Thanks to everyone who participated in the pop-up video symposium today: Pledge Drive Communications Now. We had 46 people on the Zoom – great to see everyone’s faces and thank you for contributing via the Chat function! Many thanks to The First UU Society of Burlington, Vermont who allowed me to use their materials as

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Webinar: Planning Your Pledge Drive – LATE!

Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! What are options for congregations when they don’t have time for: volunteer recruitment, good planning, identifying strategies that fit, creating effective messaging, or coordinating with other parts of the

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