Donations & Giving

Here you will find information about the Generosity Campaign and Endowment Fund

Emergence: The seeds take root. They grow.

Make a pledge payment to UUCR

UUCR provides multiple options for making a pledge payment:

  • Put a check (or cash in an envelope) in the offering plate during church — please just indicate “pledge” in the memo line or on the envelope
  • If you’re at the church at any other time, you can put your check or envelope with payment, with “pledge” noted in the memo line or on the envelope, in the locked white box on the church office door
  • You can mail a check to the church: UUCR | 2015 Grandin Rd SW | Roanoke, VA 24015; again, please indicate “pledge” in the memo line
  • You can pay online using our donation portal Vanco, which also provides the option of automatic repeat payments, if you find that preferable. Click the button to get started with Vanco.

Generosity Campaign

 

The seeds take root. They grow.

Last year we asked you to help plant seeds as part of our generosity campaign. Those seeds have taken root are now emerging. UUCR is emerging out into our community and, hopefully, we will soon be safely emerging from our homes.

In 2021, UUCR reopened our doors, held in-person services, and expanded our virtual capabilities. Religious Education classes will be resuming shortly. We lived our vision of being a beacon of hope and a harbor for all who value wisdom found in every faith tradition and every person’s spiritual truth.

Please help us continue this important work  by making your pledge to UUCR today.

Emergence

We plant hope with all the seeds we plant:

Zinnia, tomato, or tulip poplar, ready to stand tall.

What may come waits coded in genetic coils.

Beneath our nails, dirt collects. We work the soil.

The seeds take root. They grow.

 

  • Budget Goal – $250,000 86.7% 86.7%

As of 5/14/22 (9:27 pm), we have received 104 pledges, accounting for a commitment of $216,810, which is 86.7% of our $250,000 budget goal.

Stewardship

Stewardship means taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow.  When we become stewards, we take responsibility and contribute our time, talent, and treasure.  While it’s sometimes difficult to speak openly about financial matters, the reality is that money touches every portion of our lives. When we learn to use money to support our needs and support our values we are empowered. As you consider your pledge amount, consider how we act as stewards of this congregation and of the UU faith.

This Year's Goals

This year’s Generosity Campaign goal is $250,000, a 12.5% increase over last year.  We are increasing our budget to accommodate the following:

  1.  Aligning our staff salaries with UUA guidelines
  2. Capital improvements, including upgrading our audio/video capabilities and installing card access systems on doors.
  3. Increased support for mission groups
  4. Support for a summer minister
  5. Increased stewardship to the UUA
  6. Provisions for leadership development for Board members and committee chairs
  7. Increased maintenance reserves

 

Strive for 3-5%

The amount a person or household pledges is a personal decision. If you are new to pledging or unsure about how to start the decision process, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a Fair Share Contribution Guide that recognizes people have varying capacities to give, based on their resources and responsibilities.

Please click the button below to view the full UUA Fair Share Contribution Guide. 

Pledge Reporting from Last Year’s Campaign

Every Pledge Counts!

Each wedge in the pie chart above represents a pledge from last year’s campaign, moving clockwise from the largest pledge ($13,212 in blue) to the smallest pledge ($50). Breaking the total into quartiles, the top 7 pledges combined for 25% of the total amount pledged (1st quartile), with the next 12 pledges combining for the 2nd quartile. The 3rd quartile was covered with 22 pledges and the 4th quartile with 79 pledges.

The average pledge (total amount pledged divided by the number of pledge units) was $1,802.

The median pledge (the middle pledge where half of the pledges are higher, and half of the pledges are lower) was $1,000.

Last year we successfully met our goals, which fully funded our operational budget.

As a result, we:

  • Increased staff salaries
  • Hired our Church Administer via a temp agency
  • Improved our YouTube presence
  • Upgraded our A/V equipment
  • Developed our website
  • Purchased Lifespan Faith Development materials
  • Purchased music program materials
  • Re-opened our doors
  • Kept the lights on
  • Supported the UUA Annual Program Fund
  • Sponsored a Board retreat

Let's Keep It Up!

Over the last few years, pledge totals and the number of pledge units are both heading in a positive direction. Let’s keep the momentum going as we emerge in 2022!

Endowment Fund

A giving program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke

About the Fund

The Endowment Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke consists of the monies given to the church above and beyond those annual contributions required to directly support the church operating budget. Your gift will continue to help future generations.

Management of the Fund

Four trustees, elected by the congregation, manage the Endowment Fund using specific guidelines and policies established by the congregation. The fiduciary duty of the trustees ensures that the fund is managed responsibly for the long term benefit of the church. The Endowment trustees invest the Fund in conformity with the bylaws of the church and the 2008 Virginia Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act. Annually, the trustees determine the amount of the Endowment Fund earnings available to the Board in support of our principles and our church.

Transparency

Assets are reported quarterly to the UUCR Board, and to the congregation at its annual meeting.

Donor Tax Benefits

Gifts to the Endowment Fund in most cases can result in substantial income tax savings. For specifics, please consult your professional advisor.

How to Give

The Endowment Fund principal grows primarily by gifts from church members and friends. Some members contribute periodically to the fund, some contribute through their estates , and some make special contributions in honor or memory of family members, friends, or church members. Types of gifts and ways of giving include checks and cash; securities; Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and employer retirement accounts such as 401k, 403b, or 457 plans; property, including real estate, art objects, and other items of value; and naming UUCR as beneficiary of wills and life insurance policies.

Click here for the UUCR Endowment Fund Gift Intent: Endowment Gift Intent Form

The Seven Principles Funds

These quasi-endowment funds are not bound by UPMIFA requirements, but shall be prudently invested based on the anticipated time frame of disbursements from these funds.

The Goodykoontz Fund

The Goodykoontz Fund, a thoughtful bequest from Jack and Helen Goodykoontz to UUCR, is to be used for capital expenditures only, at the discretion and direction of the UUCR Board. The link below explains how to request funds

Procedure for disbursements from the Goodykoontz Fund

M&M Fund

The Mission and Ministry Fund was created in 2017 with a generous donation of $100,000 from Walter Dixon. The purpose of the fund is to minister to our congregation and to extend our mission beyond the walls of the church. Proposals will be considered in the areas of education, social justice and more. Additional donations to this fund are welcome. To obtain a form, click the link below:

For More Information

For additional information about the Endowment Fund and gifts to the Fund, please contact one of the current trustees. For the names of the trustees or other information, email lfinhorn@cox.net, call the church office at (540) 342-8888, or send a letter to the attention of the Endowment Trustees, UUCR, 2015 Grandin Road, Roanoke, VA. 24015.