Please give generously within your means to support our mission.
Generosity is a core value of our congregation, and giving is a spiritual practice for many of us. For our community to continue to grow its impact and reach out to the wider community, UUSM requires a consistent level of financial support from its members and friends. It is deeply appreciated.
Payment Methods for One-Time or Recurring Donations
If you prefer to give offline, please send a check to:
UU San Mateo Office
312 E. Santa Inez,
San Mateo, CA 94401
If you are giving for a special donation, please indicate so on the memo line on the check.
Thank you for your support.
We believe we can make a difference, together.
OUR FUNDRAISING OBJECTIVES
Our congregation’s fundraising objective is to raise sufficient funds annually to support our key programs, pay operating expenses, and ensure our long-term financial security. Accomplishing that objective requires that each and every UUSM member and friend participate in the financial support of this community to the best of their ability. An important responsibility of being a UUSM member or friend is to make an annual financial commitment that takes the form of a recurring financial contribution-of-record to support and sustain this congregation’s Mission and Vision.
About Sustainable Stewardship
Our Sustainable Stewardship program is designed to provide reliable ongoing support to our community with a minimum of effort, since no pledge drive is needed to renew or change pledge amounts. Sustainable Stewardship, also known as Recurring Giving, is among the most cost-effective fundraising methods today. Participants commit to a donation amount that is paid regularly – most often monthly, but sometimes quarterly or annually – and continues automatically until it’s changed. Because online giving is safe, secure, and reliable, recurring-giving donations are usually managed electronically. UUSM has contracted with Vanco, a reputable payment-processor, to manage the recurring-giving transactions of our members. Just choose an option above to be directed to payment processing. For more information, refer to the Sustainable Stewardship brochure.
If for some reason you prefer not to use online giving, other methods that will work include checks, electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your bank account, credit or debit-card transactions, or securities transfers. For additional information, contact the Sustainable Stewardship chairperson.
Making an Annual Commitment
We ask that each individual or family unit make an annual commitment that will continue on, from year-to-year. Sustainable annual commitments allow our Board and Finance Committee to plan the congregation’s annual budget with some degree of financial reliability. To make an annual financial commitment to UUSM online, choose a payment option on this page, or download and complete the Sustaining Financial Contribution form.
If changes occur in your personal financial situation that either enable you to increase your commitment or require you to reduce it, you may make such changes online above, or by contacting the UUSM office. You can also use a payment method above to make special-occasion financial contributions to UUSM, such as donations in honor or memory of someone special, or to purchase tickets to a UUSM event.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
In addition to making a Sustaining Pledge of financial support to UUSM, please consider these other ways you can make sure this community has the financial wherewithal to maintain its many member programs and continue its good work in the community.
Annual Fundraising Event
UUSM holds at least one major event each year to help raise the funds needed to sustain our community. For 2022 our online auction is that major event! It's called All Together Now '22, and it runs from noon on May 1 to 4:00 PM on May 15. Let’s have some fun while we raise money for our congregation!
Planned Giving is part of a broader category known as Estate Planning. At UUSM, Planned Giving takes the form of members naming UUSM in their Wills or Living Trusts, as well as making contributions to our Pooled Income Fund. The Pooled Income Fund is a professionally-managed fund that provides current income to the donor or donor’s designee during their lifetime as well as a tax deduction to the donor at the time of the donation. The principal becomes the property of UUSM when the donor or designee passes away.
Members making Planned Giving decisions incorporating UUSM can designate the funds be used for a specific purpose, or can specify that the funds be unrestricted, in which case the UUSM Board of Trustees will manage the funds. For additional information on how to include Planned Giving in your estate planning, please contact the UUSM Treasurer or any member of the Finance Committee.
Do you purchase things online from the Amazon website? You can help raise money for your community by signing up for the Amazon Smile program and selecting Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo as your charitable organization. When you’re ready to shop online, go to smile.amazon.com (instead of just amazon.com), and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to UUSM. Same products, same prices, same service; the only difference is that you’re helping to raise funds for UUSM!
E-Scrip is a painless way to raise money for our community by way of our shopping, and it all happens behind the scenes. Simply register your debit or credit cards with e-Scrip, then shop at merchants who have signed-up as e-Scrip participants. Each merchant will donate to UUSM an amount based on a percentage of money spent by our members, sometimes as much as 5 or 10%.
This effort typically raises several thousand dollars a year, and requires very little effort beyond the card-registration process. Using e-Scrip is a great way to support UUSM! Sign up for e-Scrip today! Our group identification number with eScrip is 138057531.
Have Questions? Need Assistance?
If you need assistance in making a UUSM financial contribution of any kind, contact the UUSM office.