Building Our Future Together
What is the Canvass?
The Canvass is our annual pledge drive, when we renew our commitments to support UUCR’s operations with financial and volunteer support. Our goal is to have 100% participation. We know that everyone is in a different place in their lives, especially after this year. We are grateful for all levels of annual pledges and/or one-time donations of money and time.
Pledging for all ages
In addition to our usual call for financial support, this year we are asking you to make a pledge of time. Not necessarily labor, also fun time! Please click here for details. We hope you and your family like this.
Original artwork by Susie Spangler
Who should pledge?
Everyone who regularly participates at UUCR is invited to contribute their support. You do not need to be a member to make a pledge. As a part of our covenant of Membership, all official Members are required to have a financial pledge of record, which is according to your ability to give. There is no minimum amount for a pledge of record.
What is the purpose of pledging?
How does it work?
How long does the Canvass last?
What is UUCR's financial condition?
For a few years, we have been running modest deficit budgets. We have remained stable by careful spending, by generous one-time gifts from congregants, and in 2020, a government PPP (Covid-relief) loan.
Is there a Canvass goal?
Yes. We would like everyone in the congregation to participate! For dollar amounts there is a range:
keep our current staff
committee budgets maintained at current levels
need to increase income from rentals and fundraisers
provide limited merit raises to our staff
support new projects that committees have requested
invest in capital improvements (including technology and media infrastructure for online worship and fellowship)
So far, we have made 140 financial pledges for $517,753. Thank you! [April 17, 5:00 p.m.]
Where does the money go?
About 2/3 of our budget is for paying our terrific staff. Costs grow over time as new programs are needed, and as shrinking volunteer hours must be replaced by paid staff hours. Charts showing income and expenses are on our budgets page.
How much should I pledge?
Here is some information that could help you decide how much you should pledge.
Last year there were 203 financial pledges. Last year’s average pledge was a little over $2,800. The median was $1800.
If the average pledge increases by $250 this year, we will meet our Aspire Goal. This will also support congregants who have lost income because of the pandemic and are not able to contribute as they have in the past.
Last year there were 63 pledges of time.
The average pledge was 144 hours. The median was 120 hours.
The charts below show what people pledged last year.