Giving Campaign

A message from our Treasurer: Traditionally our canvass drive would start in March with a kickoff sermon and a special brunch followed by personal statements from members about the importance of CUUC in their lives. The 2020 theme was to have been "You Are a Part of the Puzzle - Together We Can." Clearly all of us now have more pressing things on our minds than money to fund our congregation. Some of us are encountering hardships with losing jobs and reduced income. All of us are concerned about the impact of the pandemic on ourselves and our loved ones. Therefore we will delay the canvass drive to later this year.

Having said that, I would like to make a few points:

  1. The expense of CUUC will continue, including paying staff and the other fixed expenses we have. We are fully committed to all our staff.
  2. Our renters, including our major renter, the Montessori Garden school, will feel the pain as well. CUUC's rental income from other sources is expected to fall away.
  3. The good news is we have a solid endowment fund. Although the fund has decreased as the market has fallen worldwide by more than 30%, we should be in good shape. We will weather this storm but we will expect to draw more from the endowment.

So where does this leave us in this changed world? First, we ask those who can to continue the same level of pledge to cover the fixed expenses of CUUC. My wife, Catherine, and I will increase our pledge now to help make up for CUUC's reduced income. If you are in a position to do so as well, an increased pledge would be very important. Second, there will be a mailing going out the end of March 2020 outlining the pledging process later in the year. Three, as mentioned before, CUUC has a Minister's Discretionary Fund. We ask those who can to make a donation to this fund so money can be used to help congregants who are in dire financial need.

So please be safe and vigilant in these turbulent times. You are all a piece of the tightly knit CUUC puzzle. Together we can and together we will get through this.

~ Chris Kortlandt, March 22, 2020

When you do receive a Pledge Form in the mail, we ask that you please complete and return it when you can.

You may also fill out your pledge information online using our Make A Pledge form. Then click submit and you are done.
You may instead Download a PDF version of the 2021 Pledge Form, save, complete, print, and sign, and do one of the following:
  1. Drop it off at the CUUC office when we reopen
  2. Mail it to: Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
  3. Scan the completed form into your computer and email it to

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