Whether you give to sustain our annual operations, give to our special funds, or support the long-term work of the church through legacy giving, we thank you for your generosity in helping sustain First UU Wausau and our beloved community.
YOUR PLEDGE MATTERS
Giving of ourselves and modeling generosity to the next generation are key spiritual practices and real ways to be the change we’d like to see in the world.
Each UU congregation funds itself independently. The members and friends of this church collaboratively invest about $300,000 each year into the spirit of freedom, gratitude, and generosity that we wish to promote within ourselves, within our children, and within the larger community.
Your financial gifts support:
- Liberal religious education for children
- Adults RE small groups and programs
- Pastoral care and the Caring Committee
- Community service and Social Justice Committee activities
- Rites of passage for birth, death, and significant points in-between
- Maintenance and care for our buildings and grounds
- Music for our choir
Our operating cost per year per adult member is approximately $1,200. Each of us gives at a level matching our resources and commitment. Some give in lump sums, others weekly, and others by monthly electronic transfer from their bank account. It’s always your decision.
*All donations to UU Wausau are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by federal law.
We ask YOU to be: “ALL IN.”
Ways To Pledge
You can donate in support of the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau or make payments towards your annual Stewardship pledge in the following ways:
- Automate your annual pledge securely online using your bank card or account information to create an annual, monthly, or weekly donation
- Sending a check written or online check
- Recurring bank payments using routing/account information (PDF Draft Form)
- IRA Distributions
- Donation of stock shares
- Recommendation of a grant from a Donor Advised Fund
All donations to UU Wausau are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by federal law.
To send a check donation by USPS, please mail checks to:
First UU Wausau
504 Grant Street
Wausau, WI 54403
When submitting your check, please complete the memo line indicating how your donation is to be applied (e.g., the applicable pledge year, minister’s discretionary fund, Community Focus Collection, RE Fund, Endowment Fund, etc.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Congregational Administrator; they would be happy to help.
“Giving of ourselves and modeling generosity to the next generation are key spiritual practices and real ways to be the change we’d like to see in the world.“
The First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau honors members who recognize the critical need to assure UU Wausau’s future by providing gifts that will support the services, programs, and resources that benefit our member congregations, our local community, and our wider faith movement. In becoming a Red Granite Legacy Society member, you make an extraordinary gift to Unitarian Universalism that is a lasting testament to your values.
Your legacy gift supporting the long-term health of the church can take many forms. Depending on your financial situation and the significance or complexity of your legacy gift, consulting with your lawyer or financial advisor is often a good idea. Including the church in your will is quite common, or consider adding a codicil to your existing will. Listing the church as a beneficiary of your IRA can be an easy and tax-efficient option. Charitable Remainder Trusts and other lesser-known options can be good choices for some.
The Endowment Fund was established to make possible those programs and projects beyond the scope of the annual operating budget. The Endowment Fund has enabled many past projects and building improvements. Donations to the Endowment Fund can be made by anyone at any time (see “Giving by Check” above). Historically, most contributions to the Endowment Fund have come as a result of bequests, i.e., people who have included the church in their will or estate plan.
Tax Benefits & Options
Calculate deductions, tax savings, and other benefits—instantly. Use this free, no-obligation calculator to find the charitable gift that’s right for you.
For more information about planned giving options that may be right for you and our congregations, please visit the UUA Planned Giving pages or reach out to the staff for support!
Red Granite Legacy Society
Their gifts of time, talent, and treasure have profoundly transformed our congregations and our Unitarian Universalist community. Their dedication to love and justice will continue to enrich the lives they touched.
As we remember these friends who loved our faith with all their hearts and whose hopes for the future now rest with us, may we renew our own commitment to this faith we share, a faith that connects us to generations gone and generations to come.