Operating Fund Drive
Lighting Our Way
WHAT IS THE OPERATING FUND DRIVE?
Each year, East Shore hopes to bring in 70% of its operations income through pledges. These funds allow the church to provide:
- Inspiring worship and music
- Child and youth religious education
- Pastoral care in our beloved community
- An ongoing Right Relations programs
- Outreach for Earth & Social Justice action
- Community outreach activities
- Assure best programing possible with quality staff paid at UUA mid-levels with health care
2018 OFD GOALS
East Shore is in a time of transition, but our foundation is strong and our commitment to the mission is indomitable! If our church is to be a beacon, we must all provide the light.
We are aiming to raise $735,000 for our Operating Fund Drive this year. Because this reflects a 5% increase over the last two years, we encourage members to considering increasing their pledges by 2-5%.
HOW IS ESUC FUNDED?
What is a “mission” budget? The idea of a mission budget is not where you spend money, but how your money is achieving a missional goal. It’s not about what you pay in salaries, but what your staff achieves in fulfilling our vision. So in the mission budget each amount is an estimate of salaries, benefits and infrastructure costs that goes to fulfilling each of items in our mission.
Our Director of Finance and Operations, Jason Puracal and our Treasurer, Ryam Hill, already divide the budget by major program groups which are: Admin, Ministry, Music, Lifelong Learning, Membership, and Marketing & Development. Jason then allocated for the mission budget the salaries and expenses from his major budget groups to the mission items. Here’s the breakdown.
- Practice Love: 25% Ministry, 25% Admin
- Explore Spirituality: 25% Ministry, 100% Music, 50% Lifelong Learning, 25% Admin
- Build Community: 25% Ministry, 100% Membership, 50% Lifelong Learning, 25% Admin
- Promote Justice: 25% Ministry, 100% Social Justice, 25% Admin
HOW OUR LIGHT SHINES IN OUR COMMUNITY
- Preparing children & youth for their future
- Three OWL (Our Whole Lives) classes and amazing RE programming for all ages
- Reading to English as a Second Language children (Women Helping Women)
- Helping those near and in need
- Providing meaningful, affordable community events (East Shore Live, East Shore Village)
- Standing on the Side of Love (Black Lives Matter flash stances, Womxn’s Marches)
- Meals for Sophia Way and Crossroads Meals
- Housing homeless men in October with Congregations for the Homeless
- More than 200 gifts to area agencies through Giving Tree
- Strengthening partnerships locally, nationally, and globally
- Partnerships with other Interfaith groups (FAN, FIRE, ICE, EISCC, ERIC, MAPS, Eastside Meaningful Movies)
- National & Global Ministry (UUSC, Partner churches in Khasi Hills and Transylvania and ANSWER Nepal)
- Supporting outside organizations (Hopelink Food Pantry, Good Start Back to School)