“I believe it
was 1916 when we 4 children were herded up to South Broadway to take the
streetcar to North Yonkers and walk to the Unitarian Congregational Church of
Yonkers to be enrolled in Sunday School,” writes Bill Thompson of
involvement with Unitarian Universalism began almost a century ago. Since then,
he has married twice in Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and has raised three very active UU
children. More recently, he has invested to strengthen Unitarian Universalism by
setting up several life income gifts that, through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) Umbrella Giving
Program, would ultimately benefit the Unitarian Universalist Association and the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, AZ.
Now, at the age
of 98, Bill has determined that he no longer needs the income generated by these
gifts. By planning to terminate
them, he is making the remaining funds available to the UUA and UU Congregation
in Surprise, AZ, now. We are deeply grateful for Bill’s
decision and commitment to strengthening Unitarian Universalism across the
The timing of
this generous action has great meaning for Bill who says, “[B]oth my wives where
born on February 2. Now I say I cannot marry a woman who is not a groundhog. But
at 98, I don’t need to worry about that.”
For many congregations, Umbrella
them to offer a wider range of gift planning options
without expending valuable
staff resources and costs.
Bill’s are possible thanks to the UUA’s Umbrella Giving Program which allows
100% of a gift to benefit any UU entities the donor chooses at no cost to the
donor or final beneficiaries.
For more information contact web @ 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, September 8, 2011.
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