The Community Giving Committee
As we walk our Path to a New Minister together, we are looking at who we are and who we want to be, and how we shine our light into the world. We are reviewing our current and past spiritual values and practices as a community. We are determining those we will take with us into our future and creating those we wish to adopt as we move forward.
One of our values is the value of abundance. We affirm that “Our spiritual community demonstrates the value of abundance by providing tools to develop and demonstrate prosperity consciousness; by tithing to those from whom we are spiritually fed; and by generously supporting our community and the world around us through financial gifts as well as acts of service.” We see this in action today in the many Sacred Service teams that are active in our community, in our Fast Forward Initiative, and in the generous financial contributions of our members and our larger congregation.
During our Annual Meeting, our Board of Trustees expressed their intention to focus more attention on the Fast Forward initiative for community outreach. This includes adding a community giving component to our regular tithing recipients. This was well received and the Community Giving Committee was formed to transform this intention into action. The Committee members appointed by the Board Chair are Mary Tisdale, Katie Gwaltney, Meg Kutac, and Robin Tefft.
The purpose of the Community Giving Committee is to provide recommendations to the Board of Trustees for giving opportunities to non-profit organizations within the UCSA service area as part of the UCSA tithing commitment. The committee will develop criteria and procedures that will ensure recommended organizations are in alignment with Unity of S.A. values.
The committee developed the following initial criteria for the recommended non-profit organizations:
- Must qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization or a single event in alignment with UCSA principles. Religious entities are excluded.
- Provides local services primarily in Bexar County and surrounding areas.
- Provides a mission and values statement congruent with UCSA mission/vision/values.
- Provides documentation of financial integrity.
- Provides evidence that the organization is operating and providing the services as promoted. If available, documentation of results is provided.
Using the above criteria, the committee will recommend qualified organizations to the Board for consideration. We are excited about this new opportunity to radiate God’s light outside of our congregation and hope you are too. We are all walking this path together. Join us in this joyous endeavor by sharing with us your ideas and recommending non-profit organizations that you believe would benefit from our donations. Contact us through the UCSA Office or any member of the committee. We would really like to hear from you.