(photo: MUUC, “Uplifting Each Other”; see also: 5 teamwork lessons from geese)
Why do geese fly in a “V” formation? As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
What lesson can we learn from this? People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the uplift of each another.
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church is a self-governed and self-financed religious organization. This means that we have a shared responsibility to create our own community and to raise the necessary funds each year to cover our expenses. Most of our church’s annual operating expenses support three main areas: minister and staff salaries and benefits, our many wonderful programs, and for the maintenance of the physical building.
Unlike some religious organizations, the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) does not provide funding to support local UU churches. In fact, as part of our budget, MUUC pays the UUA an annual fee so we may have access to its many resources.
The Annual Pledge Drive, held each spring, provides most of the funding needed to support the church’s day-to-day operations for the following fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Combined with revenue generated through rental use of the building (primarily from the Montessori school) and from fundraising events in the fall (Harvest Fair) and late winter (Auction), the Annual Pledge Drive is by far MUUC’s largest source of funds. A portion of the investment earnings from the church’s Endowment is also used to support the budget.
When members and friends make a pledge, they are making a year-long financial commitment to support MUUC. Pledges can be paid in a lump sum, or in monthly or quarterly installments over the course of a year.
More information is available about the current year’s Annual Pledge Drive (link TBD), advice on deciding how much to pledge (link TBD) and an online pledge form (link TBD).
If you have any questions about the Annual Pledge Drive or making a pledge to MUUC, please email [email protected].