Jerry and Denny Davidoff Fund for Lay Leadership
The Jerry and Denny Davidoff Fund honors the skilled and devoted lay leadership in our movement by Jerry and Denny Davidoff, created through the generosity of their sons and daughters-in-law. The fund enables the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to promote the development and training of lay leaders to share the ministry of community building with religious professionals and each other.
Since 2015 it has primarily funded scholarships for youth and young adults from historically marginalized communities to attend General Assembly (GA), as well as other leadership development opportunities such as regional assemblies and spiritual development opportunities.
About Jerry and Denny Davidoff
Jerry Davidoff served on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s continental credentialing body, since 1994. He was a member of the Commission on Appraisal from 1987 to1993. During his tenure on the Commission, it issued its path-breaking report, Our Professional Ministry: Structure, Support and Renewal. Jerry chaired several other committees for the Board of Trustees including the Elections Review Committee. He also chaired the Election Campaign Practices Committee for the 1985 UUA elections.
Denny Davidoff served twelve years on the Board of Trustees, and eight years as Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Prior to her service on the Board, she led the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, chaired the General Assembly Planning Committee, and served on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
Both Jerry and Denny held numerous other leadership positions at the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. Both served on the Board of Trustees, and Denny also served as its chair.
In 2006, Jerry and Denny Davidoff were presented with the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism. List of award recipients. Denny died of cancer in December 2017; Jerry passed away in 2009.