The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa is supported by the donations of its members and friends. For the 2016-17 fiscal year (May 1 2016 – April 30 2017) our budgeted expenses are approximately $119,000, to be matched by income of the same amount.
Our 16-17 income will come from the following sources:
- Pledge income: $105,500
- Miscellaneous gifts: $5800
- Fundraising: $7000
- In-kind / non-cash contributions: $2700
The largest share of our income is from pledge receipts. To prepare an accurate budget we encourage members and friends to pledge their expected donations for the upcoming fiscal year. Pledges are made either as individuals or as couples/families. The Stewardship campaign, when we actively recruit pledges, occurs in February and March for the fiscal year that begins in May. Of course we are happy to receive pledges at any time during the year and encourage new members who join during the year to make pledges for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Miscellaneous gifts are all donations that are not pledge payments, or designated for off-budget projects (see below). This income is split 50:50 with a social action partner on a monthly basis, the Split the Plate program, which is described in more detail elsewhere on this site. These contributions are made in addition to and are not counted as pledge payments. Many newcomers prefer to contribute to UUCT and to local community organizations in this way prior to making a formal pledge.
Fundraising income is derived from several social activities during the year. In 2016-17 we plan a Goods and Services Auction, a Holiday Sale, and a Dance. Please come and encourage your friends to come as well.
Our members and friends also donate for projects that are not included in our regular annual budget. Examples are donations toward the establishment of a Memorial Garden, to improve the landscaping, and for other irregular or one-time expenses. Other off-budget donations can be made to the Change 4 Change account, which supports social justice initiatives, and to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which the minister employs for emergency aid to those in need and other social action projects.
All donations to UUCT are tax deductible as charitable contributions.