Social Justice Funds Committee

Social Justice Funds Committee

The Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) provides information regarding possible funding for social justice activities and administers two UUCB programs.

Social Justice Grants:

SJFC awards funds from our Social Justice endowment to support start up social justice projects. The Committee accepts requests in the fall – application forms will be posted on this page.

25% Sunday Plate Fund:

Our congregation gives 25% of undesignated Sunday Plate donations to a local project or service agency. SJFC facilitates the selection of the recipient of this fund. In the spring the committee accepts nominees for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Nomination forms will be posted on this page.

This fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) 25% of non-pledge gifts from our offering each Sunday will be given to:

Monroe County United Ministries COMPASS Early Learning Center

which ensures that qualifying families pay no more than 10% of their household income for childcare.

 

Nomination Process for 2021-2022: Applications will be available on March 1, Application deadline is April 15

Guidelines | Application

The process for nominating our next local non-profit agency to receive 25% of Sunday non-pledge plate collections is approaching. An application form with guidelines will become available on March 1, 2021 for those who would like to nominate an agency to receive the funds from July 2021 – June 2022. The application deadline will be April 15th, after which the Social Justice Funds Committee will choose three nominee finalists for the congregation to vote on at the spring congregational meeting on June 6th.

Our contributions to the current recipient, Monroe County United Ministries Compass Early Learning Center, is $3814 in the first two fiscal quarters (with 2 more quarters to go!). The total donated to Volunteers in Medicine, last year’s recipient, was $8323! What local non-profit agency would you like to see be our next recipient?

Those who submit applications must be able to meet the following obligations: (1) contact the agency you support to gather the information necessary to complete the application. If among the three finalists chosen you will need to (2) provide a 200 word written information on the agency to be published in the May Prologue; (3) arrange for written materials to be sent electronically to the church in May to be used online, and (4) arrange for a two minute video of your presentation so that we can play it during the livestreamed service on June 6.

Be watching for further announcements from the Social Justice Funds Committee. Contact Denise Ogren, SJFC Chair, at uucbsjfunds (at) uubloomington.org with any questions.

The Social Justice Funds Committee: Denise Ogren, Anna Beauchamp, Steve Mascari, Jay Sissom, Sarah Kopper.  Advisors: Jackie Hall and Bill Breeden.