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Congregational Stewardship and Fundraising Resources

Hello. I’m Wayne Clark, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Director of the Congregational Stewardship Network. Along with Environmental Stewardship Manager Karen Brammer, Administrator Brent Jurgess, and our stewardship consultants, we partner with Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations to help each transform their unique vision into bold action.

Using your frequently asked questions as a guide, I have created a list of helpful resources. The resources are arranged by category:

  • Generosity and Stewardship (including information about how to conduct annual budget drives and capital campaigns)
  • Facilities Planning (including information about building loans, loan guarantees, and grants)
  • Appreciative Inquiry

There are five primary resources for congregational stewardship:

  1. Beyond Fundraising: A Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship
    This is the primary resource for each of these three categories. The book can be purchased at the UUA Bookstore.
  2. FORTH: A Stewardship Program
    FORTH encourages a community of congregational leaders to create and share a diverse library of free web-based materials.
  3. Congregational Stewardship
    My blog, with conversations about stewardship-related topics.
  4. Email Lists
    A great way to ask questions, share information, or participate in online discussions. The UUA sponsors over 300 different mailing lists and participation is free.
  5. Facebook Stewardship Lab
    Another online resource that allows members to ask questions, share resources, and participate in discussions. A list of other UU Facebook Labs can be found here.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Brent Jurgess (bjurgess@uua.org).

Generosity and Stewardship

  • Congregational Stewardship Consulting
    Landing page for UUA Congregational Stewardship Network Consulting work.
  • Congregational Stewardship Network FAQs
    Offers frequently asked questions and answers about annual budget drives and capital campaigns.
  • Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life
    A Tapestry of Faith curriculum that explores our attitudes and behaviors toward money in our everyday, spiritual, and congregational lives
  • Generosity Path by Mark Ewert
    A book that connects money to our values, beliefs, and loves and promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving.
  • Generosity Path
    Mark's website that helps participants create greater meaning and satisfaction, open up deeper connections to the world, and build ways to be a force for positive change.
  • Generous Giving
    Provides articles and papers about generosity in the church.
  • Stewardship for the Rest of Us - a blog by CSN Consultant, Bill Clontz;
  • Stewardship: The Joy of Giving, by Linda Lee Berg, Ruth Lewellen-Dix, and Fia B. Scheyer.
    The authors share a five-session stewardship program for four age levels: primary children, intermediate children, youth, and adults.

Facilities Planning

  • Congregational Stewardship Network Consulting
    The Unitarian Universalist Association has provided congregational consulting services to several hundred Unitarian Universalist congregations, including Financial Feasibility Studies & Capital Campaigns.
  • Building Loan, Loan Guarantee, and Grant Programs
    Offers information about UUA building loans, loan guarantees, grants, and awards
  • Master Planning New Church Facilities
    From the General Council of the Assemblies of God, this site provides information on master planning for new church facilities.
  • The Green Sanctuary Program
    Provides a process through which congregations can examine and take steps towards a more environmentally just and sustainable world.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    A community of leaders who work to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated. They administer the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to strategic planning that foucses on identifying what already works well and building on those strengths rather than identifying problems.

  • Appreciative Inquiry Commons
    An information highway connecting people with academic resources and practical tools for Appreciative Inquiry.

Further Reading

For more in-depth material on any of these subjects, explore our list of recommended reading.

For more information contact congstewardship@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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