Unitarian Universalist Community Foundation (MN) - potluck supper salon

The theme for the UUA General Assembly in 2014 is Love Reaches Out. How are UUs fulfilling our leadership role in Minnesota? All the major Judeo-Christian religions in Minnesota have foundations that serve to reach out to support the community in various ways and provide a public voice for their world view. How could a (yet-to-be-created) U-U Community Foundation create a more visible voice for UUs in the public policy marketplace of ideas (and possibly perform no-strings-attached beneficent actions)? Join in the discussion as we explore creation of this organization.

Potluck at 6 pm, discussion will begin at 6:30 with a short (5-10 minute) presentation. Note: Silverwood Park has a small cafe that serves sandwiches, pastries, and coffee and other beverages if you'd rather just buy something to eat.

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  • kathy a

    Bill, I am so glad you are interested! It sounds as though you have a great background to help get this going. Jennifer Jewell Thomas and I met about a year ago with a representative of the Minneapolis Foundation. A possibility would be to have a donor-directed fund through the Minneapolis Foundation. In that way, the legal and audit functions would be handled collectively through/by them yet the interest distributed as the UU Community Foundation (UUCF) board would see fit. Individuals interested in this new foundation will contribute time to research the alternatives in detail, compare/contrast and discuss them thoroughly as a group, and together choose the most workable option.

    March 23, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Thank you, Kathy, for calling this meeting with a valuable purpose. I'm quite interested in helping create the foundation. I served two terms as Chair of FUnivChMpls' Unity Settlement Association (former operator of Unity Settlement House, now inviting and grant requests and funding a few dozen/year) when we decided that the cost of auditing and legal services was eating up too much of the funds that we wanted to give to good causes. Is anyone looking into those costs for this proposed foundation?

    March 22, 2013

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