Building Our Community
YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED!
All pledges to the “Building Our Community” campaign made after March 1, 2017 (and before April 16), will be matched dollar-for-dollar from a $350,000 matching fund set aside by the Board of Trustees. These funds come from the portion of a generous bequest received from the estate of the late Ed Sheffield over which the Board has discretion. Another $700,000 of the same bequest went into designated endowments.
CAN YOU CONSIDER A LEGACY GIFT?
It need not be as large as Ed’s bequest. But every new intention to leave us a bequest or other legacy gift puts you in the UUSF Allyne Society, named for the sisters whose legacy made the Center possible.
It can also be in the form of a UUA Charitable Gift Annuity, designating UUSF as beneficiary – and giving you tax advantages and income for life.
This year there is a special incentive. Any new legacy gift to a UU institution qualifies for a grant to that institution equal to 10% of the bequest or annuity, up to a maximum of $10,000. That’s a great way to add to your current generosity to the current needs at UUSF – by making a new promise of a future gift. Please use the attached pledge form (here) to name FUUSF as a recipient (on page 2), and return it to the church office. We will keep one copy for our records and forward another to the UUA.
GIVING TO UUSF IN 2017
First, please pledge your support for the 2017-18 Annual Operating Fund Drive.
In a “dual ask campaign,” please don’t give to the “Building Our Community” Capital Campaign by then reducing your regular support. The Annual Operating Fund goal for the coming fiscal year is $550,000 – a 10% increase over the current year. These funds will help us to cover these essential items:
attract an outstanding new senior minister;
give fair compensation and benefits to our other ministers and staff;
continue to expand our work in social justice, religious education, and outreach to 20s and 30s
ensure a welcoming, diverse, and inspiring array of programs for our growing community
Second, remember that pledges to the “Building Our Community” campaign can be paid over 3 years.
There are multiple ways to give – not just by check or credit card. Some may help you make a larger gift. You can transfer appreciated securities – getting a tax deduction and avoiding capital gains. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift directly from your IRA – saving on income tax If you make a new bequest or other legacy gift, 10% of its value, up to $10,000, will come to UUSF as a grant from a challenge fund at the UUA.
$550,000 in pledges to the Annual Operating Fund
$1,500,000 in capital campaign commitments
20 or more new legacy gifts
All households submitting their pledges by April 16 will be entered into a raffle for a very special prize: use of a vacation home at Lake Tahoe, compliments of UUSF member Marty Vanderlaan.
STRENGTHENING OUR CHURCH
FOR TODAY’S CHALLENGES
Thank you to all who have contributed to our Capital Campaign
and Annual Operating Fund.
As of April 16th, our totals are as follows:
Submitted pledges: $980,000
Verbal pledges and cash gifts: 270,000
Matching funds: 450,000
As you can tell, we surpassed our goal of $1,500,000 for the Capital Campaign, and we're well on our way toward reaching the pledge goal for our Annual Operating Fund. If you haven't returned your pledge form, it's not too late, but please try to submit your form as soon as possible. Forms are available in the main office.
We'd like to thank the following donors, as of April 16, 2017.
All pledge forms that we received by April 16th are eligible for the raffle prize of a long weekend at Marty Vanderlaan's Lake Tahoe Cabin. Stay tuned to find out if you are the lucky winner.
Thanks for the many ways you support our congregation, and thanks for helping to make the campaign successful!
Howard Oringer Stanley Hartzell
Campaign Chair Campaign Vice Chair