Curiosity Builds Community
WUUC Annual Budget Drive
The theme for this year’s annual budget drive is Curiosity Builds Community. Curious about our world and our place in it, our search for hope, meaning, and connection guides our plans for the 2023-2024 budget year. The mutual values, concerns and trust of our community support us in our explorations. We build and sustain that community with our energy, time, and finances. This financial foundation supports us and enables our impact on the larger world.
2023-2024 Budget Drive
The annual budget drive is the time each year when we reflect on the importance of WUUC to ourselves, our families, and to our greater social mission. We believe it is essential that we have a vibrant Unitarian Universalist Church presence in our local community to provide an open-hearted and open-minded welcome to all who may seek us out. A well-funded, fiscally sound church speaks of the commitment and dedication of its members to the Unitarian Universalist faith and its sustaining principles and beliefs.
Make Your Pledge Today
The goal for this year’s drive is $326,000. Your generous financial support with help ensure that WUUC can:
- Ensure fair compensation for our minister and staff in accord with UUA regional recommendations.
- Account for increases in the cost of running our programs.
- Be a good steward of our building and grounds.
- Attract and retain new members, including those with young families vital to the church.
- Continue to re-vitalize church life post pandemic.
- Ensure WUUC financial stability into the future.
- Pursue our congregational mission to provide a spiritual home and liberal presence in the broader community.
How We Use the Budget
It takes significant financial resources to support the level of church facilities and staff required to sustain our community. Our budget funds all programs and services, a mortgage, utilities, and ongoing maintenance and upkeep so we have a safe and inviting space to work, play, and worship. Operating expenses fall into these categories: Services and Minister (35%), Religious Education (19%), Building and Grounds (11%), Administration (14%), and mortgage, insurance, committees, UUA dues, and other expenses (21%).
In addition to our full time minister Dan Lillie, we employee the following staff.
- Director of RE, Skylar Hopkins
- Office Administrator, May Killorin
- Choir Director, Matt Smith
- Accompanist, Terry Levitt
- Bookkeeper, Devrah Bennett
- Nursery Lead, Jennifer Ikeda
- Custodian, Manny Macias
The annual budget is gathered by the finance committee with input from staff, ministerial leads, and program committee chairs. It is then reviewed by the Board and voted on by the congregation. The annual budget drive goal is determined by the annual budget needs of WUUC. The Minister is responsible for managing the staff, the leads and chairs for managing their program budgets.
Fair Sharing Giving
Giving is a personal decision based on many factors. As you determine your financial commitment, please consider giving 2-10% of your income as you are able and willing. The majority of our pledging members and friends make annual fair share pledges. Nearly 40% of our members self-report that their commitment fits within the “fair share” guideline. If everyone did so we would have an abundance to carry us into the future. We encourage you to review this table to determine which level of commitment is appropriate.
View the UUA’s Fair Share Giving Guide.
Q: How do I know how much I should pledge?
We believe that members want to contribute their fair share, but it is often hard to decide what that means in dollars and cents. We recommend you consider 2-10% of your income and offer this broad range because we know that 10% of your income when you’re struggling to make ends meet is much harder than 10% of your income when you have few or no financial difficulties.
Q: What do others pledge?
A: The average annual pledge commitment for fiscal year 2022-2023 was $3,370, with a median pledge of about $2,000.
Q: Are the church’s needs greater or less this year?
A: We are rebounding from the pandemic and expanding our outreach to increase our membership through hiring of a Membership Coordinator and increased social media presence. Additionally, we need to replenish our reserves to ensure a healthy financial future.
Q: What happens if we fall short of our annual goal?
A: We have to make difficult cuts and tradeoffs, including adjustments to expenses and programs.
Q: I’m already giving time and talent, isn’t that enough?
A: The funds needed to run a church are substantial. Without the generous support of members and friends, WUUC could not continue to support the services and programs vital to our community.
Q: How much does this pledge drive matter? How much of our annual budget comes from this drive? How much do other sources contribute?
A: The drive makes up 90% of our operating expenses. Other fundraisers and unpledged support contribute, but a successful drive is essential to ensure a healthy financial future.
Q: I already give on Sundays. Is that sufficient?
A: WUUC relies on a sustained monthly income to meet its recurring operating expenses and to cover unexpected events (like a new roof). We cannot make extended agreements (like staff contracts and mortgages) without having a guaranteed income.
From your annual budget drive team…
Kathy Fosnaugh: Stewardship chair; event co-coordinator
Jo Raymond: Stewardship Treasurer
Barbara Ramey : communications
David Simons: drive co-host and brochure
Charlotte Benson: calling stewards
Holly Beck: volunteer; script program
Arianna Bryan: volunteer; event co-coordinator
Kermit Sprang: drive co-host and Board treasurer
Mary Alexander: arts/graphics
Marcia Sprang: Ministry lead