Options for Giving 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 Canadian Unitarian Universalists belong to the CUC indirectly as members of congregations, some individual members also contribute directly to the CUC.
Unitarians Helping Others
Please fill out the donation form at the bottom of this page to donate to any of the funds described below. To make a credit card donation by phone, call the CUC office at 1-888-568-5723. To donate by cheque, please mail your cheque to the address at the bottom of the page.
This fund supports the CUC’s communications capabilities, helping us build connections among Unitarian Universalists across the country. Improving our web presence and capabilities supports online participation in Annual General Meetings, enabling UUs and delegates to participate and vote from sites all across the Canada.
Special Collections: UUs helping UUs
Sharing Our Faith
Once a year, congregations are encouraged to hold a “Sharing Our Faith” worship service celebrating the UU faith and community in Canada, with a special collection for the Sharing Our Faith fund. The CUC provides materials to help congregations prepare for this service. The Sharing Our Faith program provides funds for congregational initiatives which enhance ministry, aid congregational projects and outreach, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement in Canada. These funds are allocated in the form of grants to congregations, enabling them to undertake projects they could not otherwise afford.
Northern Lights is a unique fundraising program that enables Canadian UUs to directly support growth projects in UU congregations and communities across the country, by pledging to be “Chalice Lighters.” Congregations submit applications for funds to support a project, and those that are approved are sent on to the Chalice Lighters, who donate directly to the congregations.
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 for the use of the Theological Education Funds.
Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Development Fund
The CUC Leadership Development Subsidy is intended to make conferences and leadership development opportunities more financially accessible to Canadian UU leaders. It is financed by a combination of annually budgeted program funds and the Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Fund. The fund was established by Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, C.M., O.N.L., to help strengthen the Canadian Unitarian voice as the CUC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The CUC is very grateful for this financial gift to the Canadian UU community.
The Dawning Future: Youth and Young Adult Subsidies
Youth and young adults are our dawning future, and attending youth cons, regional gatherings, and other events is an important way for them to build connections within their larger communities and find space for their spiritual enrichment and growth. This is especially true for those who are geographically isolated. The goal of the Dawning Future subsidy is to 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 in 1887 to promote the principles of Universalism in Canada. Today, applications to the fund are considered within contemporary guidelines by the West Trust Board of Trustees. Grants have been awarded for such projects as website work, creative advertising, and special UU events. Guidelines are icluded in the West Trust application form.
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, following recommendations from the host planning committee. For many years, attendees have contributed thousands of dollars to locally based organizations that pursue social justice both close to home and around the world.
Canadian individuals and congregations have the opportunity to support the work of Unitarian Universalism internationally, through arrangements that the CUC has entered into with the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) and the UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO). Funds donated to the UU-UNO support the Every Child Is Our Child project in Ghana, and funds for the ICUU are designated for leadership development for UUs in emerging member groups.
The CUC is a sponsorship agreement holder with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, and has helped to settle hundreds of refugees in Canada in partnership with Canadian congregations and community groups. Funds designated for the Refugee Fee go towards this work. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.