Annual Giving Drive
Generosity can change our lives. We talk about this every week when we introduce our offering. When we give, we align ourselves with our values. We say yes to those things that matter most in our lives and in our community. As Unitarian Universalists, we are in the business of changing lives. We have committed ourselves to this fellowship to create wholeness, healing, and transformation in the lives of this community, and in the wider world. When we give, we say YES to that vision, mission, and possibility, YES to being co-creators in that transformation
2020 – 2021 Annual Giving Drive
Home: A Place to Gather & Give Thanks
The HOME that is our fellowship offers us sanctuary, sustenance, spiritual growth, beauty, connection, meaning making and so much more. Here at BUUF–our spiritual home–we are committed to that spiritual growth through our mission of lifting hearts, broadening minds, and enacting justice within and beyond our walls.
What Is the Annual Giving Drive (AGD)?
Each spring, during our Annual Giving Drive, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) asks its members and friends to make a promise of financial support (a Pledge) for the coming calendar year. Our Annual Giving Drive (AGD) provides the funds that make the life of our fellowship possible.
Finances are important during this Annual Giving Drive (AGD) season, but our real goal is to give everyone an opportunity to reflect on:
* what brings you here,
* what keeps you coming back,
* the commitments both personal and spiritual we are all held to here,
* and the spiritual practice that is giving joyfully.
This fellowship belongs to each of us and it is supported almost entirely through the annual pledges of its members and friends. This year’s Annual Giving Drive (AGD) celebrates the theme of “Home: A Place to Gather & Give Thanks.” Just as we understand the value of home in our individual lives, here at BUUF we recognize the value of supporting, sustaining, and investing in our spiritual home as a reflection of how we live out our vision and mission; supporting one another to bring more fully alive the spirit of love.
Kick-off Sunday – March 15th
During both services, 9:15am and 11:15am, at Boise UU
Join the BUUF Choir & Rev. Sara for music, reflection, contemplation, and joy.
Celebration Sunday! April 19th
ONE service at 11:15am, at Boise UU, with a church picnic!
Join the Soulful Band & Friends for rockin’ music, deep reflection, poetry and fun as we wrap up our drive and celebrate our beloved community. Celebration to follow on our patio with food, music, cake, lawn games, UU trivia, a bounce house, BUUF clowns and more!
Annual Giving Drive FAQs
What Is a Pledge?
A pledge is a promise to donate a certain amount of money to the church during the program year (July 1 to June 30). It is a statement of intent; it’s not a legally binding obligation. Do not hesitate to pledge generously because you are uncertain about your financial situation. Pledges can be adjusted in times of shifting resources.
Is a Pledge like a Membership Fee?
No. Many of us are members of KBSX, the ACLU and other such organizations; but BUUF membership is different. We expect the fellowship not only to provide worship and religious education for us and our families, but we also count on the fellowship to be here for us in intensely personal ways: when we celebrate, when we grieve and when we work for justice. The fellowship strives to be a Beloved Community which supports us throughout our lives. The Annual Giving Drive is the time of year when we ask that you consider what financial support you can offer the fellowship so that it is here when it is needed most.
Who Should Pledge?
Members who sign the membership book, as well as non-members or friends of the fellowship are ALL invited to pledge! If you have found services, solace, support or meaningful work here, don’t hesitate to make a pledge. This allows us to extend those same things to more and more people in our community and beyond.
Do I Have to Pledge?
Making and fulfilling an annual pledge deepens our faith and sustains BUUF for the benefit of us all and the wider community we serve.
*To be a voting member and receive a ballot, you must sign the Membership Book and fulfill a pledge each year. This requirement is a reflection of our shared responsibility to sustain the fellowship.
When Should I Make My Pledge?
We welcome your pledge anytime, but traditionally each spring our members and friends are asked to make financial pledges to support the work and mission of BUUF for the coming program year. We call this the Annual Giving Drive (AGD).
New Members and friends who join us at other times of the year are invited to make a financial pledge for the REMAINDER of the current program year.
How Much Does It Cost to Run the Fellowship?
Our normal* annual budget is about $370,000 — pledges and gifts account for almost 85% of that budget — which “keeps the lights on” for our building and campus, supports our staff, and pays for the rich array of programs we offer.
How Much Should I Pledge?
Everyone’s circumstances are different. We recognize and deeply embrace the financial diversity of our congregation. To make this a fellowship for all, we ask those who are able, to carry a greater financial commitment to our beloved community.
The standard, set by our Board of Trustees, asks congregants to “pledge generously within their means.” Or, as one congregant describes it “Give until it feels good.” We each are asked to reflect on what that amount might be.
It might help individuals and families to know that 2020 fundraising goal is $385,000 (an average pledge of $1,650 per household.) Below is the UUA fair share giving guide which you might use to contemplate how much you should give.
Is There a Minimum Annual Pledge?
There is no minimum annual pledge. All levels of giving are welcome.
Can I Pledge to a Specific Program or Fund Instead of to the Operating Fund?
The AGD in support of the Annual Operating Fund is our yearly effort to fund the programs and activities of BUUF. Non designated giving is needed to fulfill that budget in order to be able to use the funds as program and needs determine. All special designated gifts are welcome and appreciated but they will not be considered part of the General Operating budget AGD. If you wish to make a special designated gift, please contact the office.
How Will My Pledge Be Used?
Pledges and gifts account for almost 85% of the fellowship’s budget each year. Our normal* annual budget of over $370,000 “keeps the lights on” for our building and campus, supports our staff, and pays for the rich array of programs we offer.