2021-2022 Pledge Drive
Nurturing Our Roots:
Rebirth and Renewal
Dear Beloved Community: Even with all the challenges that have faced our community over the past year – a virtual world imposed on us by the pandemic, loss of life, civil unrest, government transitions, we continue to move forward. PrairieUU is a model Unitarian Universalist community, recognized on the national level as a leader of the tough transformations needed to truly live our covenant. We must continue to nurture our resilient roots, grow, and blossom! Please explore this site to learn more about how you can best support PrairieUU during this time of rebirth and renewal.
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FY2021-2022 PrairieUU Pledge Drive Overview
- Key Goals
- How Much Should I Pledge?
- How to Pledge
- Tax-Advantaged Financial Support
- Necessarily nurtured our staff’s undiscovered technical talents to bring polished, professional and more diverse virtual services to our community in need of connection – all accompanied by amazing, diverse, inspirational, often thought-provoking musical programming.
- Obtained two grants to support expenses due to the Pandemic
- Hired a Lifespan Coordinator. Incorporated the Soul Matters curriculum, into the children and adult programs. These programs provided stimulating and sometimes sobering conversations on important topics related to living our UU values and personal spiritual growth.
- Expanded the Committee on Shared Ministry role to a partnership with the Board on leadership activities and Congregational meetings.
- Created new Congregational safety Advocates in Pandemic Safety, Cyber Safety and Personal Safety
- Hired a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate to guide revisions to the Nomination Process.
- Pastor AJ organized and led the wonderful 1st Denver/Boulder Cluster Christmas Eve
- Answered the call from our siblings, our hearts, and the UUA to fully embrace and explore the Widening the Circle of Concern recommendations, holding close our BIPOC community through the spontaneous launches of the award-winning Mountain Top UU community and the rapid response social justice team MUUved to Action.
- Provided unprecedented support to our community so adversely impacted by the pandemic and social upheaval, including but not limited to
- Kept our open space tidy and our garden productive
- Supplied Bridge House graduates with all the household items they needed to begin new lives
- Comforted those in pain via rock paintings, sidewalk art, and hand-illustrated notes of encouragement
- Showed up relentlessly to support and protect BIPOC siblings during multiple moments of civil unrest
- Collected and donated nourishment for dozens in need on several occasions
- Ensured a merry Christmas for a struggling family of seven
- Administratively mastered the art of Google Suites and Breeze, streamlining our church “business” and enabling effective and necessary conversations for committees and leadership alike – all so critical during these virtual times.
- Sustain ongoing financial funding of our Minister, Administrator, Music Staff, Life Span Coordinator, and support staff – all who keep PrairieUU running like a church three times our size. Additionally, our budget includes rent, insurance, administrative costs, and helps support the many volunteer programs that we do within and outside of PrairieUU. Estimated annual cost: $173,306.
- Continue our commitment to our UUA dues: $10,588.
- Worship Arts Specialist - In addition to the above ongoing expenses that are included in our budget projection, a production artist is needed to maintain the caliber of our virtual services as necessitated by the pandemic and beyond.
- As of this Spring, PrairieUU has 54 pledging units, which includes 82 adult members. A single member is a pledging unit, while partners who pledge together are two members, but one pledging unit. (Note: Sadly, we have recently lost some membership, so to keep things as they are, we will need to either increase pledges or reduce expenses.)
- The average pledge needed per pledging unit to meet our 2021-22 pledge goal of $106,166 is $1,966 annually, or $164 per month.
- While slightly unpredictable, we estimate that it will cost us roughly $3,536 to run all our programs for a week.
NOTE FROM PRAIRIEUU LEADERSHIP: Realistically, we understand it has likely been a tough year financially, and while we hope to meet, maybe even exceed our pledge goals, we recognize that we may need to modify our budget. We also recognize that we all have different personal values and circumstances; we will gladly receive anything you are able to share.
- Online via Breeze
- Email and Phone – email Stewardship Chair Janet Stevens at JanetS@prairieUU.org. She will make sure someone calls you to take your pledge over the phone.
- Old School – print, complete, and mail the pledge form along with your contribution
Via Your Traditional IRA – you might even save on taxes! As you may know, if you’re older than 70.5 , you need to take an annual distribution. What you may not know is that this requirement can be met with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD.) What’s more, the QCD is exempt from taxes. PrairieUU qualifies as a candidate for your tax-exempt QCD, so please consider this option! For more information, contact Treasurer Clark Huff at ClarkH@PrairieUU.org or any member of the Finance Committee.
Gifting Appreciated Stock It is easy to contribute appreciated stock to PrairieUU. And by giving directly, you’ll save on capital gains tax (as opposed to liquidating, paying the cap gains tax, and then giving to PrairieUU.) For more information, contact Steward Chair Janet Stevens at JanetS@PrairieUU.org