Barry Finklestein

Barry Finkelstein

Barry Finkelstein has been a Unitarian Universalist congregational stewardship consultant since the Fall of 2007 and has worked with over fifty congregations on annual budget drives, capital campaigns, and strategic planning. Barry has enjoyed participating in stewardship ever since his introduction to the canvass at the UU Church of Arlington, VA in the 1980s, and found his true calling when he signed on as a UU stewardship consultant.

Barry is a professional management consultant with a Masters Degree and 35 years of experience helping organizations with strategic planning, project management, information technology, decision support, and fundraising. He served in senior positions at two Northern Virginia consulting firms, and was President of Planning Analysis Corporation. Since 1994, he has operated a successful consulting practice, Finkelstein Consulting, Inc. (FCI), working primarily for non-profits, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area. In June 2011, his son, Danny joined the firm, expanding FCI’s services into human resources consulting, notably compensation, benefits, and organizational development.

Barry is also an experienced and energetic UU church lay leader, having served on the board and as board chair of a large church, and in leadership positions in social justice, finance, youth programming, and music. He is a trained OWL teacher who has taught middle and high schoolers in three congregations. He was a board member and president of the Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (Culpepper Garden), an independent and assisted living facility founded by the UU Church of Arlington for low and moderate income seniors.

Barry is married to UU minister Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, and they currently live in Wilmington, DE, where Roberta is the Developmental Minister. They share their home with their dog Brandy and the evil kittens Bonnie and Clyde. Barry is also an amateur musician, playing the accordion, upright bass, and piano.

He is passionate about Unitarian Universalism and dedicated to helping UU congregations achieve their grandest dreams.

From Barry Finklestein

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Many congregations are at a financial crossroads, but are our annual budgeting and financial planning processes up to the challenge? Build your congregation’s roadmap for a sustainable – thriving -financial future.

Webinar | By Stewardship for Us, Barry Finklestein, Liz Coit | November 11, 2022 | From LeaderLab

How committees and staff can create a dynamic and engaging stewardship element in a family’s spiritual life.

Webinar | By Stewardship for Us, Barry Finklestein | November 11, 2022 | From LeaderLab

What are the pros and cons of using a calendar year vs. a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year?

By Barry Finklestein | January 1, 2022 | From LeaderLab

Budgeting for the new year is very much on everyone’s mind. There is no telling how the pandemic will affect pledge drives underway, nor fulfillment of current year pledges. Congregations also fear the loss or reduction of other income from rentals, fundraisers, plate collections, and other contributions.

Leader Resource | By Barry Finklestein, Stewardship for Us | March 27, 2020 | From LeaderLab

A workshop to explore ideas and approaches for strengthening stewardship in congregations experiencing ministerial transition. Presented by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Andrea Lerner and Barry Finkelstein.

Webinar | By Barry Finklestein, Andrea Perry Lerner | October 3, 2018 | From LeaderLab

What is working well today, including the tried and true, and new ideas. What is not working so well, and how can it be improved or replaced. How can we use technology and social media. How can we reach the people who are hard to reach. Can we effectively diversify our revenue streams....

Webinar | By Patricia Infante, Barry Finklestein, Central East Region of the UUA | January 16, 2018 | From LeaderLab

Recognizing the baggage we bring and the anxiety many of us have about money and stewardship, how can we talk about sharing our gifts in service of the whole, that is, our beloved faith community....

Webinar | By Patricia Infante, Barry Finklestein, Central East Region of the UUA | January 16, 2018 | From LeaderLab

Participants will be invited to reflect on their recent campaigns and learn how to generate new ideas, new themes, and attract new people. Consider what have we not done for a while, what stewardship message does our congregation need this year, what would we do with more money....

Webinar | By Patricia Infante, Barry Finklestein, Central East Region of the UUA | January 16, 2018 | From LeaderLab

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