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Unitarian Universalist Church of Washington Crossing, Titusville, NJ

At the beginning of last spring, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church at Washington Crossing, faced a challenging budget year. Already it had become clear that the church’s finances could not cover all the necessary expenses, particularly contributions to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Annual Program Fund (APF) and the Metropolitan New York District. The UU Church at Washington Crossing had been an APF Honor Congregation for a solid eighteen years. But this year, the financial picture was complicated by a roof leak that resulted in a ceiling collapse in the minister’s office—never a good thing!

Andrew Kidd, the new Canvass Committee Chair, brought lots of contagious energy and an inspired vision for how funds could be raised at the UU Church at Washington Crossing. Andrew and his team established a positive and compelling case for increased giving and engaged in a highly successful and energizing face-to-face canvass process.

“People had not been asked in quite this way before and they stepped up to the plate,” reports Pam Shadzik, President. “We became a new congregation, in a different place and with a new attitude. We are proud about being in this new place of abundance.”

The congregation realized the importance of taking the time to do a face-to-face canvass—to models commitment, build relationships within the congregation, and offer the opportunity to educate folks about the church, Unitarian Universalism, and the wider organization.

Due to visionary and strategic leadership, an effectively-organized annual canvass, and an energized congregation, the UU Church at Washington Crossing rose to the challenges and established new heights of generosity. As a result of their success, they were able to make their Fair Share contributions to the Annual Program Fund and the Metro New York District. Congratulations and Thank you, UU Church at Washington Crossing.

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Last updated on Thursday, September 8, 2011.

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