We support the mission and ministry of our congregation through excellence and creativity in generating revenue.
Our Fundraising Policy assigns responsibility for reviewing and approving all fundraising activities to the Fundraising Committee except for the Annual Budget Drive which is under the aegis of Stewardship.
Fundraising activities include:
Planned under the aegis of the Fundraising Committee, in a typical month another committee or group will "sponsor" and organize the team of soup, sandwich, and cookie makers. The proceeds from the "Soup Sunday" lunch is often then assigned for the use of the organizing committee. During the church year, the Soup Sunday schedule is the third Sunday of each month except June and December. Average proceeds are approximately $250 each Soup Sunday.
Now known as the Autumn Festival, this annual gala event, held in the fall, is a social and fundraising highlight of the church year. Each year has a special theme and costumes are encouraged. Music, snacks and drinks are provided. Use the Annual Auction link to find details, including the categories for silent bidding and how to donate an item(s) yourself. This event typically contributes at least $10,000 to the church budget.
For several years, our church donated a portion of auction profits to the Vancouver chapter of "I Have a Dream" (IHAD) Foundation. 25% of the net has been enough, we are told, to send three IHAD kids to college for one year. Since the IHAD project closed, 100% goes to the operating budget.
The annual plant sale usually occurs in April. Working with a local nursery, we take orders for plants that are delivered to our parking lot on a Friday for pick-up by purchasers over the weekend. Our congregation usually realizes about a 30% profit on the sale.
This January event was instituted in 2013 for the first time. We will continue to offer this Saturday morning Pancake feast as long as it is viable.
Dining for Dollars (D4$) is a fundraiser adopted in 2006 (with thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica). Congregants offer one another opportunities to bid on (mostly) dining experiences and we fill our social calendars for the Summer and Fall. The bidding takes place over three Sundays in late May and early June; the effort usually brings in several thousand dollars ($7000 in 2013) for the budget.
A summer yard sale was re-instituted in 2003. It usually brings in about $1,000 - $2,000. In 2007, we added an annual Pancake Brunch concurrent with the yard sale.
The sky is the limit as we go forward. The Fundraising Committee is always considering new, unique, easy, profitable ideas and opportunities to do a little fundraising. Share your ideas with us.