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Congregational Stewardship and Fundraising Resources

Below is a list of recommended stewardship resources. The resources are arranged by category:

  • Generosity and Stewardship (including information about how to conduct annual budget drives and capital campaigns)
  • Facilities Planning (including information about building loans, loan guarantees, and grants)
  • Appreciative Inquiry

In addition, our primary recommended resource is: Beyond Fundraising: A Complete Guide to Congregational Stewardship

Read more about the services provided by our Congregational Stewardship Network..

Generosity and Stewardship

  • Congregational Stewardship Consulting
    Landing page for UUA Congregational Stewardship Network Consulting work.
  • Congregational Stewardship Network FAQs
    Offers frequently asked questions and answers about annual budget drives and capital campaigns.
  • Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life
    A Tapestry of Faith curriculum that explores our attitudes and behaviors toward money in our everyday, spiritual, and congregational lives
  • Generosity Path by Mark Ewert
    A book that connects money to our values, beliefs, and loves and promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving.
  • Generous Giving
    Provides articles and papers about generosity in the church.
  • Stewardship for the Rest of Us - a blog by CSN Consultant, Bill Clontz;
  • Stewardship: The Joy of Giving, by Linda Lee Berg, Ruth Lewellen-Dix, and Fia B. Scheyer.
    The authors share a five-session stewardship program for four age levels: primary children, intermediate children, youth, and adults.

Facilities Planning

  • Congregational Stewardship Network Consulting
    The Unitarian Universalist Association has provided congregational consulting services to several hundred Unitarian Universalist congregations, including Financial Feasibility Studies & Capital Campaigns.
  • Building Loan, Loan Guarantee, and Grant Programs
    Offers information about UUA building loans, loan guarantees, grants, and awards
  • Master Planning New Church Facilities
    From the General Council of the Assemblies of God, this site provides information on master planning for new church facilities.
  • The Green Sanctuary Program
    Provides a process through which congregations can examine and take steps towards a more environmentally just and sustainable world.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
    A community of leaders who work to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated. They administer the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an approach to strategic planning that foucses on identifying what already works well and building on those strengths rather than identifying problems.

  • Appreciative Inquiry Commons
    An information highway connecting people with academic resources and practical tools for Appreciative Inquiry.

Further Reading

For more in-depth material on any of these subjects, explore our list of recommended reading.

For more information contact congstewardship@uua.org.

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Last updated on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

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