In addition to making a Sustaining Pledge of financial support to UUSM, please consider these other ways you can make sure this community has the financial wherewithal to maintain its many member programs and continue its good work in the community.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is part of a broader category known as Estate Planning. At UUSM, Planned Giving takes the form of members naming UUSM in their Wills or Living Trusts, as well as making contributions to our Pooled Income Fund.

The Pooled Income Fund is a professionally-managed fund that provides current income to the donor or donor’s designee during their lifetime as well as a tax deduction to the donor at the time of the donation. The principal becomes the property of UUSM when the donor or designee passes away.

Members making Planned Giving decisions incorporating UUSM can designate the funds be used for a specific purpose, or can specify that the funds be unrestricted, in which case the UUSM Board of Trustees will manage the funds. For additional information on how to include Planned Giving in your estate planning, please contact the UUSM Treasurer or any member of the Finance Committee.

Annual Fundraising Event

UUSM holds at least one major event each year to help raise the funds needed to sustain our community. For April/May 2021 we are planning an auction, a twist on the auctions of previous years. This year’s event will combine an online silent auction and a live-streamed zoom gala. Dates and details will be announced soon.

The auction will give UUSM members and friends the chance to participate in several ways:

1. Donating auction items, such as online parties or tutorials, artwork, crafts, vacation house stays—and, if we’re lucky, in-person parties late in 2021;
2. Submitting fun video shorts to be included in the live zoom event;
3. Volunteering to help with the planning and execution of the auction; and
4. Bidding generously to purchase the auction items while funding our beloved community, or making a cash donation to ensure its success.

Start thinking of what you might donate—maybe your usual offering, adapted for today’s more restricted environment. Or maybe something entirely new! Channel the creativity that Stay-At-Home orders have pent up, and let’s have some fun!

Amazon Smile

Do you purchase things online from the Amazon website? You can help raise money for your community by signing up for the Amazon Smile program and selecting Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo as your charitable organization. When you’re ready to shop online, go to smile.amazon.com (instead of just amazon.com), and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to UUSM. Same products, same prices, same service; the only difference is that you’re helping to raise funds for UUSM!

eScrip

E-Scrip is a painless way to raise money for our community by way of our shopping, and it all happens behind the scenes. Simply register your debit or credit cards with e-Scrip, then shop at merchants who have signed-up as e-Scrip participants. Each merchant will donate to UUSM an amount based on a percentage of money spent by our members, sometimes as much as 5 or 10%.

This effort typically raises several thousand dollars a year, and requires very little effort beyond the card-registration process.

Using e-Scrip is a great way to support UUSM! Sign up for e-Scrip today! Our group identification number with eScrip is 138057531.