Whether you are a founding or longtime member, a friend or newcomer, you understand that SUUS truly is a congregation formed out of community. It is the community of ideas, of values and support that brings us together. Generosity in the Unitarian Universalist congregation is what allows the congregation to care for and support one another.
This is the meaning of stewardship; to care for one another and take responsibility to support our community. Each UU congregation is self-sustaining: our primary source of income is from our members who make financial gifts to the congregation.
Supporting the Annual Pledge Drive
One requirement of membership at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is to make a contribution of record and an annual pledge.
What is a pledge? It is a promise to give a certain amount of money to SUUS for the upcoming fiscal year.
Are monetary gifts to the church tax-deductible? All pledge payments and donations to SUUS may be tax-deductible for the calendar year in which they are made. Consult with your financial advisor on the current tax laws.
Can I change my financial commitment? We understand that circumstances can change. If they do, please contact the office to talk to our minister or our treasurer.
What about non-cash gifts? You can donate stock or other securities and retirement distributions directly to SUUS. There are certain tax advantages for doing so. Please contact the Treasurer for more information.
How Is Money Raised?
During our Pledge Drive each spring all congregants (members and friends) are asked to renew their financial pledge for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. New members and friends may make a pledge at any time. Most of the congregation’s income comes from these pledges, with the rest coming from fundraisers and rental income.
Where Does the Money Go? The money given provides salary and benefits to our minister and staff and allows us to provide programming for children and adults. It pays for the upkeep of our building and grounds.and allows us to pay our dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association and the New England Region.
How much should I give? We are asking people to look at their resources and see if they can step up to a new level. SUUS needs to increase its pledging each year in order to reduce the draw on our Endowment. This is our path to sustainability: Every individual and family needs are unique, but we hope that by giving generously, you will become more committed to our spiritual community. Some members have chosen to give 10% or 5% of their income as a part of their spiritual practice.
Planned Giving at Shoreline Unitarian
Giving is one of life’s great satisfactions, especially when you know that your gifts help to improve the lives of others. Gifts of time, talent, and financial resources all help Unitarian Universalist congregations to thrive. Dedicating a percentage of your assets (1%, 5%, 10% or more) to Shoreline UU and/or to our UUA or other UU organizations is a way to ensure you are making a difference in this world and living your values.
Transferring stock or IRA distributions directly to SUUS is an easy way to increase your pledging, or make a contribution to our Mission or Endowment funds and to realize some tax advantages. Contact the Treasurer for details.
Our UUA has many resources and you can learn a great deal by going to: www.uua.org/giving/planned. UU Umbrella Giving, Life Income Gifts, Gifts by Will, Non-cash Gifts are just a few of the many ways help grow our faith. Click here for brochures explaining some of these options.
Recently, the Legacy Team scheduled several congregational workshops to educate and explore estate planning and charitable giving. We also offered an End of Life Series that included workshops on spirituality, new burial practices in CT, rites and rituals, and a few Death Cafes – opportunities for conversations about death and dying in a comfortable and safe environment. If you are interested in learning more, contact our Stewardship Chair or our Treasurer.
Mission and Endowment Funds
Due to the generosity of our past and current members, Shoreline UU Society is blessed with both an Endowment Fund and a Mission Fund. The Fred Keefe Endowment Fund is overseen by three Endowment Trustees and the Mission Fund is managed by the SUUS Board of Trustees.
Contributions are always welcome to either fund. Contact the Treasurer for specifics.
Fundraising at Shoreline
Our Fundraising during 2020 has had to shift dramatically and we are excited as we explore and create a new way of being together to support our congregation. This year our major fundraiser, the Service Auction will be totally online. Our Cupid’s Cabaret is currently in development. You can support SUUS all year long if you shop online through Amazon Smile and iGive.
Once Upon A Time:
SUUS Online Service Auction 2020
Click on the picture to go to the SUUS Auction Page
Saturday, November 7: Auction Kick-off Introductions & Instructions with Comedy and Music
November 7-15: Silent Auction Bidding with daily give-a-ways.
Saturday, November 14: Closing Celebration with Costume & Mask Contest and Dancing!
Make Donations to this year’s Auction by filling out the online form below or downloading the traditional form to print and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We challenge every member of the congregation to donate at least one item to the auction. Questions? Contact our auction team at email@example.com
Ideas for Auction Donations
Zoom Game Night
Outdoor Movie Night
Field Trips to Museums, Gardens, or Historic Sites
How to build a bird house.
Decorated Face Masks
Lawn Sign Hearts
Sourdough Bread Starter and Recipes
Delivered Lunches, Brunches, & Dinners
Muffins of the Month
iGive & Amazon Smile
Shoreline UU is registered with both Amazon Smile and iGive. These organizations donate a small portion of your online purchase to the charity of your choice. You need to register and follow the instructions so that your purchases qualify. Please take a moment to check out each and name Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society as your designated organization. Once enrolled, each one will remind you to click on their logo to take make sure you are registered. Thank you so much for supporting SUUS. Every little bit helps!