The GIFT Program



G.I.F.T. is a pilot stewardship plan which the UUA and the Southern Region implemented during the 2013/2014 fiscal year. After years of careful assessment and planning, we feel that the G.I.F.T. program will be a streamlined and equitable way to fund our covenantal relationship with one another and our good work in the world.

Some resources to help church leaders understand the new program are located below.

You may also view a recorded webinar on G.I.F.T.
here.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving, by Bill Clontz
12 December, 2013

 
As a stewardship consultant for the UUA’s Congregational Stewardship Network (CSN), I am fortunate to spend a lot of time in many different congregations, working with them to make stewardship a more pleasant, effective, and connected part of our lives as Unitarian Universalists. Sometimes those connections pop up in unexpected and satisfying ways.
 
The Southern Region is leading the UUA in a pilot program called GIFT (Generously Investing For Tomorrow), a new approach funding the districts, region, and the UUA with contributions from our congregations.  I very much like the new approach (you can learn all about it here), and so when I was asked some months ago to help moderate and present some of the webinars introducing GIFT, I gladly agreed. As a result, I had the opportunity to talk with dozens of Unitarian Universalists I had never met.
 
In the months since those early webinars, I have been traveling throughout the Southern region, working with congregations and clusters on a range of stewardship, budget drive, and capital campaign issues. In just about every case, at least one person comes up and says “I know your voice – you were that GIFT webinar guy.” And we pick up where we left off, only now with the advantage of face-to-face conversation.
 
It all goes to teach us two lessons: One, we have tools at our disposal to communicate with each other in very effective ways. We don’t have to choose between in person or on line – we can use all of our tools, reinforcing each with the other. Two, when we talk about things like sustaining the region or the UUA, we are still talking about us; us is more than just the people we see on Sunday. We have much to offer the world; we do it best when we remember the larger circle of us that is the UUA.

Bill Clontz and his colleagues at the Congregational Stewardship Network serve Unitarian Universalists with advice and assistance on assessment visits, stewardship, budget drives, capital campaigns, financial feasibility studies, and long range planning. Learn more about this resource here. You may reach Bill, our Southern Regional CSN consultant, at bclontz@uua.org.
Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President, on the G.I.F.T. Program:

Document Library

NameDescription
DocumentDistricts, Regions, & the UUAPDF about the individual UU's relationship to the wider movement
DocumentGIFT Orientation SlidesPowerPoint
DocumentGIFT PowerPoint Slidesupdated October 2013