ERUUF is a spiritual home for 693 members and many friends and visitors. It is also a community resource for liberal religious values expressed in justice groups and programs throughout the Triangle. New members and friends have connected with ERUUF for many reasons this year, and our programming has stretched to accommodate, inspire and inform our growing potential. We believe this growth will continue.
The Annual Pledge Drive is the time when you are asked to reflect on ERUUF’s value in your life and to promise your financial support to the Fellowship, along with your time and talent. Your annual pledge helps our leaders plan for, preserve, and enhance the integrity and quality of ERUUF’s programming and community expectations. Your pledge, combined with others, helps create next year’s budget.
A pledge of financial support to ERUUF is a tangible expression of what this special place means to you.
Thank you for sharing that with us.
What is the Pledge Drive About?
The pledge drive offers members, friends, and visitors the opportunity to think about what ERUUF means to them and to pledge their financial support accordingly. Your pledge, with others, helps define the budget for the next fiscal year, July 1-June 30. The pledge drive involves 4-6 weeks of planned stewardship activities in February-March, but pledges are welcomed anytime during the year
How much should I pledge?
Your pledge amount is entirely up to you because it depends on your capacity at this time to give money, how engaged you are in ERUUF and your personal values. When your values and ERUUF’s mission align, we encourage a pledge that is financially sustainable and that makes you proud to be doing your part in this beloved community.
There is a Giving Chart that offers some suggestions from UUA. Find a pledge that feels good and that fits within your financial means. Like ERUUF, your pledge should make a difference in your life.
What about all the other ways I contribute?
We gratefully acknowledge that your gifts of time and talent may be equal to or larger than your current financial capacity, but we do encourage your pledge participation if possible. ERUUF is being asked to be more and do more among our members and the community. Every dollar pledged helps us meet that demand more effectively.
Sustaining a Welcoming Community
Worship, Music and the Arts
Inspiring, well-planned worship services that prod us out of our comfort zone and heal our broken hearts.
Glorious music that boosts the spirit and calms the soul with a wide variety of styles and instruments.
Programs on campus throughout the week that connect and inform us.
34% of our budget supports worship, music and the arts.
We all count on ERUUF to be here for us in supportive ways.
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Jacqueline Brett, and Rev. Stacy Grove work together with a Care Team of ERUUFians to provide pastoral services during difficult times, personal tragedies, and life celebrations.
They support leaders of many Covenant, Sources, and Affinity groups, as well as the Adult Programs Team at ERUUF.
17% of our budget supports pastoral care.
Justice and Outreach
Puts words into action as ERUUF works in solidarity with Muslim, LGBTQ, African American and immigrant friends and neighbors.
Feeds the hungry and saves the earth as social and environmental forces threaten them further.
Raises awareness of death penalty issues, mass incarceration, and other social justice concerns.
Creates an early voting site that last year brought 18,000 voters to ERUUF’s campus
18% of our budget supports justice and outreach.
Support Larger UU Movement
We gladly give to the Unitarian Universalist Association. It's the organization that shares our values and principles with the larger world, provides leadership on justice issues, materials for religious education, and support for vital, healthy congregations.
4% of our budget supports the larger UU movement.
Continuous spiritual growth and learning are central to Unitarian Universalists.
Over 190 children and youth regularly attend RE as they search for truth, not doctrine, in an RE curriculum that encourages individual growth.
Coming of Age helps teens navigate the transition from child to adult.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) offers children quality, values-based sexuality education.
Justice-centered projects show young people ways to make meaningful contributions to the community.
27% of our budget supports religious education.
Invest in ERUUF
ERUUF is a special fellowship, in a strategic geographic position, at a critical time in our country’s history. While we all enjoy our oasis of justice, love, and compassion, many more people in nearby areas are searching for what ERUUF offers. We must seize this opportunity to “spread the light” throughout North Carolina and beyond. Please consider stretching your generosity as far as possible when you make a commitment to share ERUUF with more people in need of our cherished values, programs, and actions.
Dear Members and Friends,
ERUUF has the potential to transform lives. This year especially, many have told us that they were driving down Garrett Road and were stopped by the messages on our sign…a Rainbow Flag? Black Lives Matter? Refugees Welcome? Truth Matters? “I saw what I had been thinking,” one man told us, “so I came in. And then you didn’t say all the things I had my deflector shields primed and ready for.” That may not seem like a very high bar, but it sure is if you’re trying to figure out if it’s safe to put down your defenses. For many of our 693 members and 300 active friends, ERUUF has become a trusted oasis. Two of our newest members expressed it for many when they shared with a group why they brought their five day old newborn to a Sunday service last August. Charlottesville had hit them hard they said, and they just needed to be here. They have demanding jobs, but still, “We come here for our dose of sanity every week.” Those gathered were deeply moved, and we understood quite well.
ERUUF has the potential to transform lives when we turn toward each other and what our hearts tell us is most real and true. If you come onto campus almost any time you’ll find rooms filled with people who are singing, learning, listening, planning, caring, and organizing. And amid all the action there are small, quiet moments when questions are asked and truths shared, hopes expressed, brokenness held, and ultimate, sacred choices affirmed. We share our love in these simple, practical ways with the hope of finding wholeness together.
As a community we invest our time and talent in each other in these meaningful ways. We also give some of our treasure. Long ago my family began to give annually, at first only because we were asked. But then we began to experience how our intentional giving is an act of power. As we’ve intentionally given in alignment with our values, our lives have become clearer, saner, and happier. We’ve increased our giving gradually, and we now give 10% of our income to groups that share our values. Two thirds of that goes to ERUUF. This is the choice that’s right for us at this stage of our lives, though it wasn’t always in the past, and it might not be in the future. We do this now, however, because our lives have been changed by Unitarian Universalism and this Fellowship. Our current giving is an investment in our values and it provides us with an astonishing supply of confidence and a great sense of peace. Giving our time, talent and treasure also leaves us feeling profoundly, lovingly connected to the people of this community.
This is the time of year that our Stewardship team asks each of us to consider our pledge of financial support for the coming year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). I hope you’ll consider making a meaningful pledge, an amount that’s right for you; one that causes you to consider your values, that leaves you confident that you’ve invested in your principles. No one will judge you or the amount you give. We’ll trust that you’re doing what’s right for your household at this time in your life. And we’ll be glad for your good company as our lives are transformed on this shared journey toward wholeness.
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Generosity is a spiritual practice that is encouraged by every world religion. When we give generously we open our hearts as well as our wallets, and this helps create a feeling of kinship with fellow human beings; it helps us feel connected to something larger than ourselves. Practicing generosity also helps us remember that the gifts of creation are not exclusively for our own private use.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Winston Churchill
The Joy of Giving
We are part of a web. The image of stewardship draws together the many threads of this web: the earth upon which we live, the elements of community we value, and the institutions that forward our values and provide services we think are important. Stewards are caretakers with a forward vision. They hold something in trust. They ensure that it will be there in the future for the benefit of others.
Successful stewards not only protect, but help something to improve and grow. Their actions are empowering. This is true regardless of whether we are stewards of the earth, institutions, people, or our Unitarian Universalist faith.
from Stewardship: The Joy of Giving (UUA resource)
Research conducted by the University of Notre Dame, has confirmed that it is the giver of generosity that benefits the most. Its research found that generous people, on the whole, were happier and healthier and had a greater sense of purpose than others, even after controlling for a number of factors, including income. Sustained, practiced, generous behavior causes better life outcomes.
Learning & Giving
Giving is learned behavior. Training teaches how to carry out a specific task more efficiently and reliably. Education, on the other hand, opens and enriches a person's mind. To train a person, you need know nothing about who they really are, or what they love, or why. Education reaches out to embrace the whole person. Historically, we have treated money as a matter of training, rather than education in its wider and more dignified sense." --John Armstrong, How to Worry Less About Money
Learning to Give (all ages) www.learningtogive.org Note: This website is chock full of resources for religious organization, educators, parents, children and youth, younger and older adults. Included are a variety of interactive activities and numerous links to relevant sites and organizations.
Becoming a Sustainer
Much of ERUUF’s financial support comes from sustainers. That means people pay their pledge through automatic drafts on a regular basis. Drafts come from checking accounts, debit or credit cards. Sustainers find monthly drafts a helpful way to pay a pledge over a period of time, and an easy way to keep their records. Also, monthly pledge payments create a revenue stream that is a big help to ERUUF.
Please consider a pledge increase for fiscal year 2018-19, even if you are already enrolled in auto-draft.
To help plan for recurring expenses, we hope to increase the number of ERUUF "sustainers." Sustainers agree to pay their pledge on an ongoing basis by using auto drafts (e.g., monthly) from a bank account or credit card. From this time forward, sustainers won't need to pledge annually because sustainer auto drafts continue non-stop and year-to-year until you tell us to change (e.g., increase, decrease, or stop). Please let us know of your intentions around monthly and annual giving so we can keep our records up to date.
Setting up your automatic draft is now digital. Just go to the Give Now page and set up your recurring gift. (Yes, you can schedule your starting date and how often.)
You can track your contributions through MyERUUF on the website.
UUA Giving Chart
How Do I Decide What to Give?
The table shows the suggested giving levels per pledging household.
Note that a “Fair Share” gift may range from$100 to $20,000 or more.
Review the table and determine the level that is appropriate for you.
This guide was developed by the UUA and is used by many UUA congregations.
(See full guide HERE)
UUA Fair Share Giving Guide