The word Stewardship refers to the careful and responsible management of something of value entrusted to one’s care. RRUUC is one of those places that add meaning and value to our lives, and each and every one of us must play a role as stewards, together, to care for a place we hold dear.

This is where we build community, find solace and joy, and enjoy music and good company on the path to spiritual growth. This is where our children learn to care for others and the world. It’s also where we find the will to speak out, act with courage, and work for justice. Your financial support sustains this place that inspires us to be better people and to create a better world.

The annual campaign is when we raise the bulk of the money we need to fund our operations for RRUUC’s financial year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Your financial support will continue to sustain us as a community as we live out a legacy to grow and deepen in fellowship, spirit, and service for all ages.

The 2020 Stewardship Campaign.

Pledges fund about 80 percent of annual operating expenses, and can be paid in installments during the course of the year or in a lump sum if you prefer.

All new congregants who become part of our spiritual community are invited to support the congregation’s goals by pledging and making contributions. However, membership is not required to pledge. We annually welcome pledges from those who choose not to formally join the congregation.

Our 2020 goal was to raise $990,000 in pledges.

Achieving this goal will enable RRUUC to adopt a moral and responsible budget that reflects our values and allows us to cover the cost of our vibrant programs. Importantly, it will allow us to provide a fair increase in compensation for our extraordinary ministers and dedicated staff and also provide for the regular maintenance and repair of our beautiful building.

Final tally!

It is with deep gratitude that we report that this year’s stewardship campaign yielded a total of $949,433 from 341 pledges for River Road’s operating budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Bravo to our congregation for this incredible demonstration of commitment during what continues to be a challenging time.

We invite you to pledge!

If you’re considering or ready to make a pledge to support your congregation, here are some common questions people ask:

How much should I pledge?

The amount you pledge is a personal decision. But make no mistake — your pledge, of whatever amount, is important.

To help you decide, click on this 2020-2021 Giving Guide for some suggestions. As noted in the guide, in order to keep up with our expenses please consider “stepping up” to a higher category of giving (for example, from supporter to sustainer or from sustainer to visionary) or increasing your 2020 pledge by at least 3 percent. You can also consider pledging according to UUA’s Fair Share Contribution Guide, which suggests giving between 2 and 10 percent of your income.

When should I pledge and how can I pledge?

Pledge now! Your pledge is always gratefully received.

You can complete this pledge form or fill out and return this paper Pledge Form.

How can I fulfill my pledge?

You can choose from a number of options for paying your pledge, which are listed on the Give page and also on the paper Pledge Form.

Read more in the 2020-2021 Stewardship Brochure.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pledge and how is it different from a gift?

Who pledges?

How can I learn more about RRUUC’s operating budget?

What if I want more information?

Please contact us! You can send your question by email to