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Unleashing the Power of Unitarian Universalism through our Social Action Committees Speakers : Gary D. Nissenbaum ,  Chair...
The Crisis For Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>Given our modest numbers, how can we have the most impact on our world? </li...
<ul><li>Through Social Action  </li></ul>
Social Action Starts With Our Congregations <ul><li>The engine of creative innovation and growth in Unitarian Universalism...
<ul><li>Therefore, we must  supercharge  the impact and effectiveness of our congregational Social Action Committees. </li...
Four Ways to Supercharge Our UU Social Action Committees. <ul><ul><li>Operate more effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
-1- Operating More Effectively
<ul><li>Our Social Action Committees must function in a way that invites broad congregational participation.  </li></ul><u...
<ul><ul><li>Thirteen ways to make our Social Action Committees run more efficiently </li></ul></ul>
A Professional Approach to Running a Social Action Committee Meeting <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings should start and end on time...
Social Action Committee Meetings Must be Focused and Effective <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings should have a clear agenda to prev...
Social Action Initiatives <ul><li>Initiatives must be high quality, clear and achievable.  </li></ul><ul><li>Each year, th...
Promote creative and inspired leadership. <ul><li>Each initiative should be led by a member of the Committee who will repo...
Taking Emergency Action Between Meetings. <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings Should Never Officially Adjourn. </li></ul></ul></ul><u...
-2- Obtaining robust  Financing for our  Social Action Committees
The Base Budget <ul><ul><li>There must be a sufficient base budget to address emergencies and for basic Committee function...
The Plate Collection <ul><li>Perpetual offering plate collections </li></ul><ul><li>may create plate burn out. </li></ul><...
Limited Plate Collections <ul><li>One approach that has worked for the Unitarian Church in Summit is to schedule the offer...
First Sunday – Introducing the Initiative <ul><li>Explain the initiative in detail, set out the financial goal. </li></ul>
Second Sunday – Explaining the Initiative <ul><li>Invite an outside representative to give a presentation on the initiativ...
Third Sunday – A Sense of Urgency <ul><li>Start by disclosing what has been collected and by what percentage we are under ...
Fourth Sunday – a Sense of Increased Urgency <ul><li>Start by reporting to the congregation on whether we have met or exce...
Fifth Sunday <ul><li>Report to the congregation on  its   success  in meeting or exceeding the goal.  </li></ul><ul><li>Co...
Directed Donations <ul><ul><li>The drawback of directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ef...
Other Forms of Fundraising <ul><ul><li>Creative fundraising to widen the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>circle of donors, such...
Emergency Donor List <ul><li>Setting up an emergency donor list for </li></ul><ul><li>assisting individuals. These are ini...
<ul><ul><li>-3- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supercharging Local Outreach </li></ul></ul>
Effective Local Outreach <ul><ul><li>Limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nimble </li><...
<ul><li>For example, we adopted an entire Town. </li></ul>
Irvington Résumé   Writing Initiative
An Example of Effective Local Outreach :  The Irvington Schools Initiative
Irvington School Supplies Initiative
Additional Irvington Initiatives <ul><li>Donations to the School: musical instruments, audio visual equipment, computers, ...
Examples of other Local Outreach Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HomeFirst (Housing ...
<ul><ul><li>-4- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supercharging International Outreach </li></ul></ul>
Creating a partnership between the Social Action Committee and UUSC <ul><ul><li>UUSC can be trusted to vet the initiatives...
The Social Action Committee Should ask UUSC for a list of Shovel Ready projects <ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a project that is tan...
2009 Darfur Women’s Centers <ul><li>In 2009, UUSC was seeking to construct 10 women’s centers in the camps for internally ...
2009 Darfur Women’s Centers (cont’d) <ul><li>It was estimated to cost $8,000 to both construct each center and staff it fo...
 
2010 Uganda Oxen Project <ul><li>In Uganda, a working ox can be shared by families to till their soil for food, crops and ...
2010 Uganda Oxen Project (Cont’d) <ul><li>Over four Sundays, The Unitarian Church in Summit collected over $7,000 from the...
 
2011 Haiti Camp Oasis Project <ul><li>Camp Oasis is a pilot project in which unaccompanied girls in Haiti will be provided...
2011 Haiti Camp Oasis Project  (Cont’d) <ul><li>By the fourth Sunday, The Unitarian Church in Summit had collected over $1...
 
 
We are selling a book on how to supercharge a Social Action Committee. Proceeds support UUSC’s initiatives for human right...
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  1. 1. Unleashing the Power of Unitarian Universalism through our Social Action Committees Speakers : Gary D. Nissenbaum , Chair, Social Action Committee The Unitarian Church in Summit Lauralyn Smith , Senior Associate, Membership Development Unitarian Universalist Service Committee © copyright G.D. Baum, LLC
  2. 2. The Crisis For Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>Given our modest numbers, how can we have the most impact on our world? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Through Social Action </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Action Starts With Our Congregations <ul><li>The engine of creative innovation and growth in Unitarian Universalism starts with our congregations. </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to our congregations to transform and enhance the Social Action component of this religious movement. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Therefore, we must supercharge the impact and effectiveness of our congregational Social Action Committees. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Four Ways to Supercharge Our UU Social Action Committees. <ul><ul><li>Operate more effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain more robust congregational financing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform local outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform international outreach </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. -1- Operating More Effectively
  8. 8. <ul><li>Our Social Action Committees must function in a way that invites broad congregational participation. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to do so, they must conduct themselves in a forward-leaning and professional manner. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Thirteen ways to make our Social Action Committees run more efficiently </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. A Professional Approach to Running a Social Action Committee Meeting <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings should start and end on time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep written minutes of every meeting; circulate the minutes after the meeting concludes; and correct and approve the minutes at the next meeting. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The meetings should be held in a space that is conducive to focused, confidential and interactive discussion (not a public space). </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Social Action Committee Meetings Must be Focused and Effective <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings should have a clear agenda to prevent drift. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings must not devolve into a support group or social club. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid the safe zone of dwelling on how bad things are. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on initiatives to address the larger, more difficult topic of just what we will do about how bad things are. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Social Action Initiatives <ul><li>Initiatives must be high quality, clear and achievable. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year, the Committee should repeat and refine initiatives that have worked before and explore new ones. </li></ul><ul><li>We must encourage Social Action Committee members to lead. They must take ownership of the initiatives that move them and commit to see them through. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Promote creative and inspired leadership. <ul><li>Each initiative should be led by a member of the Committee who will report on it and be held accountable for its success. </li></ul><ul><li>All the members who wish to be empowered, should be. </li></ul><ul><li>We must lead leaders. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Taking Emergency Action Between Meetings. <ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings Should Never Officially Adjourn. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency action should be available by conference call and email. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. -2- Obtaining robust Financing for our Social Action Committees
  16. 16. The Base Budget <ul><ul><li>There must be a sufficient base budget to address emergencies and for basic Committee functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To do that, have a dialogue with the Ministerial and Board leadership to understand what is achievable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Social Action budget should be the result of that dialogue </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. The Plate Collection <ul><li>Perpetual offering plate collections </li></ul><ul><li>may create plate burn out. </li></ul><ul><li>We must develop a more focused </li></ul><ul><li>way of utilizing the plates. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Limited Plate Collections <ul><li>One approach that has worked for the Unitarian Church in Summit is to schedule the offering pate collection in groupings of four successive Sundays. </li></ul><ul><li>This is done three times per year. </li></ul><ul><li>The aim is to develop a set time period to create a sense of urgency that promotes generosity. </li></ul>
  19. 19. First Sunday – Introducing the Initiative <ul><li>Explain the initiative in detail, set out the financial goal. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Second Sunday – Explaining the Initiative <ul><li>Invite an outside representative to give a presentation on the initiative </li></ul>
  21. 21. Third Sunday – A Sense of Urgency <ul><li>Start by disclosing what has been collected and by what percentage we are under or over 50% of our goal. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If under the goal, invite the congregation to become active participants in addressing the shortfall. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If over the goal, invite the congregation to become active participants in resetting a new, higher goal. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Fourth Sunday – a Sense of Increased Urgency <ul><li>Start by reporting to the congregation on whether we have met or exceeded 75% of our goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a full court press to complete the solicitation with a redoubled sense of urgency. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Fifth Sunday <ul><li>Report to the congregation on its success in meeting or exceeding the goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the arc in a way that lays the groundwork for the next set of plate collections (which will take place several months later). </li></ul>
  24. 24. Directed Donations <ul><ul><li>The drawback of directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective use of directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>donations </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Other Forms of Fundraising <ul><ul><li>Creative fundraising to widen the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>circle of donors, such as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Halloween Ball </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friday Night Dinners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Auctions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Emergency Donor List <ul><li>Setting up an emergency donor list for </li></ul><ul><li>assisting individuals. These are initiatives that are an inappropriate use of Social Action funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-deductibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generosity burn out </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><ul><li>-3- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supercharging Local Outreach </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Effective Local Outreach <ul><ul><li>Limited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nimble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on Emergent and Non Emergent Needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With clear and achievable goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With a lay leader(s) who will take ownership </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>For example, we adopted an entire Town. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Irvington Résumé Writing Initiative
  31. 31. An Example of Effective Local Outreach : The Irvington Schools Initiative
  32. 32. Irvington School Supplies Initiative
  33. 33. Additional Irvington Initiatives <ul><li>Donations to the School: musical instruments, audio visual equipment, computers, printers and books. </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational presentations for Irvington high school students “Career Ambassador” program. </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting workshop. </li></ul><ul><li>Tai Chi stress reduction class for the teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Food baskets for the December holidays. </li></ul><ul><li>Winter coat drive for the kids. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer seminars for senior citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Lactation class for expectant mothers. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Examples of other Local Outreach Initiatives <ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HomeFirst (Housing the Homeless) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hunger Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration Initiative </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><ul><li>-4- </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supercharging International Outreach </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Creating a partnership between the Social Action Committee and UUSC <ul><ul><li>UUSC can be trusted to vet the initiatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UUSC initiatives align with UU principles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UUSC has a variety of shovel-ready projects with its partners ready for funding. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UUSC understands the unique fundraising issues of UU congregations. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. The Social Action Committee Should ask UUSC for a list of Shovel Ready projects <ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a project that is tangible and will effectuate international social action. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The funding should be just under the amount expected to be collected in the particular set of offering plates. (or perhaps, take a leap of faith and try to collect more than we think we can.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 38. 2009 Darfur Women’s Centers <ul><li>In 2009, UUSC was seeking to construct 10 women’s centers in the camps for internally displaced persons in Darfur. </li></ul><ul><li>The women of the camps could: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather to form a community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain medical care for their children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate their forays outside of the camps to gather firewood with the U.N. Peacekeeper patrols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start microenterprise businesses to feed their families </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. 2009 Darfur Women’s Centers (cont’d) <ul><li>It was estimated to cost $8,000 to both construct each center and staff it for one year. </li></ul><ul><li>UUSC and its partner in Darfur had only built two </li></ul><ul><li>The Unitarian Church in Summit Raised the $8000 to Build a Third. </li></ul>
  40. 41. 2010 Uganda Oxen Project <ul><li>In Uganda, a working ox can be shared by families to till their soil for food, crops and rented to other villagers for a modest income. </li></ul><ul><li>This was especially important since so many families need to replace oxen killed or lost in the civil wars that have ravaged Uganda. </li></ul>
  41. 42. 2010 Uganda Oxen Project (Cont’d) <ul><li>Over four Sundays, The Unitarian Church in Summit collected over $7,000 from the offering plate. </li></ul><ul><li>UUSC calculated that our donations would buy enough oxen to sustain 119 people. </li></ul>
  42. 44. 2011 Haiti Camp Oasis Project <ul><li>Camp Oasis is a pilot project in which unaccompanied girls in Haiti will be provided with secure living quarters, medical care and education. </li></ul><ul><li>It also will provide a nurturing environment, instead of unsafe camps of institutional orphanages, to help them recover from the trauma of the earthquake and its aftermath. </li></ul>
  43. 45. 2011 Haiti Camp Oasis Project (Cont’d) <ul><li>By the fourth Sunday, The Unitarian Church in Summit had collected over $11,800. </li></ul><ul><li>There was a additional 3:1 match from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the total provided for the initiative would be well over the $40,000 threshold to fund the inaugural Camp Oasis pilot project. </li></ul>
  44. 48. We are selling a book on how to supercharge a Social Action Committee. Proceeds support UUSC’s initiatives for human rights & social justice.

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