2020 Joint Board Finance Meeting

Minutes – Joint Finance Committee/Board Meeting

Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

May 11, 2020

Zoom Meeting


Board Members: Tom von Alten, Sandy Cruise, Elaine Daly, Rachel Murphy, Elizabeth Pirie, Scott Smith, Harriet Shaklee, Cathy Sherman, Sue Stadler

Finance Committee: Jane Zornick, Linden Boice, David Woito, Robert Huntley,

Also Attending:

Rev. Sara LaWall, Intern Mary Beth Bolin

Board Action20200511-1Accept Budget as ProposedMoved: Cathy Sherman Second: Harriett Shaklee Pass 9 Yes, No 0, Abstentions 0 Raised hand vote

Presentation to the Board

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget – Tom von Alten

Discussion included the following questions/comments:

  • The Annual Giving Drive (AGD) was very successful despite curtailing due to Covid 19. Most pledges are returned and the difference to pledge contributions from FY2020 is only -1.6%. Although this is subject to change, it is much more optimistic than expected.
  • While the budget for most expenditures are being cut, the outdoor sanctuary grounds and labor items are allocated more funds than in FY 2020. Is this appropriate? Major tree trimming and maintenance needs to happen routinely to keep the trees healthy and this expense was already committed to for FY2021. The theme of the AGD was taking care of our home – the building and grounds – and this expense – as well as other building maintenance – aligns with that. With the building and grounds mostly closed and/or not being used much, this might even be an optimal time to do the maintenance as it does not disrupt activities.
  • A salary was not allocated for a DRE; if the position is filled for FY2022, it might result in a noticeable increase to that fiscal year budget; that issue will be addressed as needed at the time.   

Two new expenditure categories were added to address expenses associated with restarting/reopening after Covid 19: Transition Restart and Covid 19 Reopening.