2022-23 Budget Drive Information
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Dear Fellowship Members,
I hope this message finds you well. It is that time of year again when you will be asked to pledge your financial support for the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (“GUUF”) for next fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).
Before I get to the request, let me share with you the importance of your pledge and what it means to our faith community. GUUF, like many religious organizations, is largely dependent on our membership’s financial support to maintain our existence. Pledge revenues make up about 88% of our annual budget – meaning that the financial support of all our members is vital. The Fellowship Board of Directors recently approved a preliminary budget that calls for $395,000 in member pledges – a significant increase over last year’s goal but in line with our pre-COVID budget. In fact, our revenue budget for next year is still about 10% less than pre-COVID.
Where does this money go? 66% of the Fellowship’s expenses are for personnel – the people we count on to manage our facilities, programs, and our entire faith community. On that note, you are probably aware that we are preparing to welcome a new Minister to the fellowship. With that new addition, this is the time for our membership to affirm their financial commitment as well as help build the financial capacity to deliver on new programs and initiatives envisioned by our new Minister. This leadership of our fellowship has done an admirable job of financial management during the COVID pandemic – controlling costs, seeking out alternative revenues and protecting our assets and programs while keeping our community connected and engaged. The budget for next year’s expenses is only 1.3% higher than pre-COVID – what else in your life costs essentially the same as it did in 2020?
In closing – I am asking that those members that are able please consider making a significant pledge to support our fellowship. We have a new Minister coming and new opportunities ahead. We have been in a defensive/recovery mode for over two years – it is time for us to shift from “survive” to “thrive”! I’ve shared that our governance has demonstrated responsible financial stewardship – now it’s time to invest in what we value. I know you are probably considering the other worthy causes that you support financially – as you do that, think about this… during your times of joy or sorrow, will they be there to support you and your spiritual needs? I am asking you to pledge to support our fellowship at the level that feels right – not with what’s left. The more our members pledge, the more GUUF can expand our mission beyond the basics and support programs and causes that advance our values.
I appreciate your time, attention, and consideration to this request. Our online pledge form can be found at https://greenvilleuu.org/member-area/pledge-donation-forms/, or you can find me or other committee members at upcoming services and fill out the form in person.
Chair, Budget Drive Committee
What is a pledge and why is it important?
A pledge is a promise to donate to the Greenville UU Fellowship during the next fiscal year. (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.) It’s a statement of support and belief in who we are and where we’re headed. Pledges let us know what funds we can realistically count on to cover the cost of programs, personnel, and facilities. It’s what we base our budget on.
Is a financial pledge required for membership?
Supporting the Fellowship financially is a commitment we make when becoming a member, but the inability to make a pledge never disqualifies anyone from membership. Recent changes to our by-laws did require a financial contribution of some amount a requirement however a pledge is not required. Pledges make up over 85% of our income. We ask that you carefully consider what you can contribute. Contributions other than pledges are significant as well.
How do I fulfill my pledge?
- Make weekly, monthly or quarterly payments or one annual payment
- Mail it in or drop it into the collection basket. Envelopes are in the pews for cash. Please write your name on the envelope and note “Pledge” on envelopes or checks.)
- Set up automatic payments from your bank, just as you may already do for many of your other payment, See links below..
- Donate securities: stocks, bonds, mutual funds. See link to form below.
NOTE! This year we will not roll over pledges unless instructed by the pledger. Please make sure we hear from you to let us know your support will be continued.
Click Here for instructions on how to set up automatic Bill Payment
Click Here for a Stock, Bond or Mutual Funds Donation form