Giving and Funding

CUC’s fundraising projects are vitally important to our national work. The money raised provides both support and direct grants to member congregations and UU communities, and also extends support to social justice programs beyond our walls. Read about the projects we fund below, and consider donating today!

All donations can be made on-line here through  PayPal with your credit or debit card, by calling the CUC office at 1.888.568.5723, or by sending cheques to the CUC office to 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5T 2C7.

Donating to the CUC

Annual Program Contributions (APC)

The bulk of the CUC’s operating revenue comes from Annual Program Contributions (APC) made by member congregations on a “fair share” per-member basis. While the majority of members belong to the CUC indirectly as members of congregations, some individual members also contribute directly to the CUC.

[Note: the APC system is undergoing a review; please see CUC Board Treasurer, Kristina Stevens,’ article in the October 2014 Canadian Unitarian, p10].

Friends of the CUC

Friends of the CUC is our campaign to raise direct donations to the CUC. Fundraising is vitally important to maintaining the services we offer to member congregations and UU communities. Donations made to the CUC help support staff engagement with congregations and communities, everything from leadership development to religious exploration, communications and lay chaplaincy. Without the extra support we receive, we would be hard-pressed to effectively live out our mission as a liberal religious voice in Canada. Our supporters are truly Friends of the CUC! What would we do without Friends like you? A lot less than what we can do with you!

Communications Fund

This fund supports the CUC’s communications capabilities, in our goal to become increasingly effective in connecting Canadian UUs. If you are keen to see Unitarians build connections across the country … if you want to see us improve our presence on the web and become more interactive … if you want UUs and delegates to participate in and vote at Annual General Meetings from sites all across the country … please contribute!

Donate to the fund of your choice!

Special Collections: UUs helping UUs

Sharing Our Faith

Once a year, congregations are encouraged to hold a “Sharing Our Faith” worship service focused on the UU faith in Canada, with a special collection for the Sharing Our Faith fund. Annually, the CUC provides materials to help congregations prepare for this service to celebrate the larger Canadian UU community. The Sharing Our Faith program provides funds for congregational initiatives which enhance ministry, aid projects and outreach for the congregation, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement in Canada. These funds are allocated in the form of grants to congregations applying for projects they may otherwise not afford to undertake

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a unique fundraising program that provides opportunities for Canadian Unitarian Universalists to directly support growth projects in UU congregations and communities across the country as Chalice Lighters. Successful grant applications made by UU communities are sent on to Chalice Lighters who are then invited to donate directly to grant recipients to support the project.

Grants and Subsidies

Theological Education Funds

Each year, interest from the Percy Simpson Bailey bequest, as well as funds collected at ministers’ installations and ordinations, is available to provide financial support to theological students and to support ministry in Canada in other ways. A three-person committee accepts applications and makes funding recommendations to the CUC Board.

Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Development Fund

The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) is committed to increasing the financial accessibility of leadership development opportunities for Canadian UU leaders. To help make this possible, we have created the CUC Leadership Development Subsidy, financed from a combination of annually budgeted program funds and the Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Fund. The Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Fund was established by Elinor Gill Ratcliffe C.M., O.N.L., to help strengthen the Canadian Unitarian voice as the Canadian Unitarian Council celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The Canadian Unitarian Council is very grateful for this financial gift to the Canadian UU community.

Support the Dawning Future: Youth and Young Adult Subsidies

The CUC recognizes that Youth and Young Adults are our dawning future, and that attending events, especially for individuals who are isolated geographically, is an important way for our youth and young adults to build connections within their larger communities and to find space for their own spiritual enrichment and growth. This subsidy’s goal is to help make it easier for youth and young adults to attend regional, national and continental conferences and leadership development opportunities.

The West Trust

The West Trust is a bequest given to the UU Church of Halifax by William West to promote the principles of Universalism in Canada. Applications to the fund are considered each fall by the West Trust Board of Trustees, and samples of projects which have received recent West Trust grants include web site work, creative advertising, and special UU events with strong “business plans” and more than one source of funding. Application form and guidelines are contained in the West Trust Application (Word document).

Special Collections: Beyond our Walls

Annual Conference & Meeting Offering

At each year’s CUC Annual Conference and Meeting, the Board designates recipients for the collection taken at the Sunday worship service, based on recommendations from the Host Planning Committee. For many years, attendees have contributed thousands of dollars to locally based organizations that pursue social justice close to home and around the world.

International Organizations

Canadian individuals and congregations have the opportunity to support the work of Unitarian Universalism internationally, through specific arrangements that the CUC has entered into with the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) and the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO). For more information, please contact