2021 Annual Giving Campaign: Where Do the Dollars Go?

Rosemary Daszkiewicz, President, UUC Board
Mike Kasprzak, Treasurer, UUC Board

Each year our church community shows up with tremendous fiscal generosity to fund the work of UUC. The reflection that goes into these crucial decisions by members and friends to support UUC relies on being connected and informed. Certainly, an understanding of how UUC spends its resources on its mission is a part of that information. We thought it would be helpful to provide a high-level overview of the major categories of our operating budget.

First and foremost, our budget covers compensation and benefits for our terrific staff. Indeed 79% of our budget goes toward these expenses. We are committed to providing a fair and livable wage for all our employees, and a competitive benefits package. It’s just not fair or right to expect our staff to work under any other circumstances. Last year, in response to the uncertainty caused by the onset of the COVID pandemic, our staff did not receive any cost-of-living increase. So we’ve got some make-up to do this year.

After compensation and benefits, expenses for the building and business administration come in at 7% each (14% total). With the new building and new realities of how we integrate church into our lives, these areas have increased in cost for the coming year. New software licenses, equipment and maintenance are needed to deliver both the in-person and virtual church experience, Sundays and every day. New systems for HVAC, security, fire protection, and elevator require new maintenance and support contracts on top of costs we’re already familiar with. Even banking costs have increased with our greater reliance on the convenience and reach of online giving. We simply need to invest more in the spaces, real and virtual, where church happens so we can meet the needs of the congregation now and into the future.

Direct program costs (supplies, activities, and volunteer training and support) represent about 5% of the budget, which is typical year over year. As is often said, “our staff are our programs,” so it may help when thinking about the overall program budget to know that 69% of our compensation and benefits costs go to program staff.

The final budget category to call out is our congregational pledge to the UUA. At $30,000 and 2% of the budget, it is a small slice this year, but it is one to watch. The Board has set a goal to increase our pledge to the UUA by $5,000 a year to eventually meet our “fair share” annual pledge of nearly $70,000, so it plays a growing role in this and future budgets.

After such an unusual and trying year as we have all endured, it is both strange and exciting to be planning for a new church year in which we will be gathering and connecting in ways we have not been able to for some time. Far from “business as usual,” the new ways we are preparing to do church will meet as many needs as possible, as well as maintain our important obligations. You can help by making your pledge today. Please go to UUC Connect and click on “Giving” and then “+Pledge” to make your commitment online today. (A video tutorial below shows you how.)

As the theme of this year’s Annual Giving Campaign suggests, our gifts at any level will be “Nurturing Connections in a Virtual Age.” We will discover how as we move forward together. Your continued support will allow UUC to travel the road ahead with renewed commitment. Thank you!

Rosemary Daszkiewicz, President, UUC Board
Mike Kasprzak, Treasurer, UUC Board


Click below to watch a video with instructions on making an online pledge.