Fund-raising Activities Over the Years

In June, 2016, MSUS will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. This article focuses on the church's Fund-raising Activities.

The church has had almost 20 different fund-raising activities over the years. Like most churches our annual SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE is the primary way MSUS provides money to support the institution. Pledges pay for staff, utilities, denominational dues, building maintenance and normal committee activities. Pledges reflect the value the church has to its members within their financial capability. Support for special needs often result in innovative ways to pay for them.50th Anniversary Trivia !!TRIVIA QUESTION!! How was the $29,490.55 1970 building project paid for? It drew money from four different sources. Name them. What additional sources were tapped in the 1990 $218,000 remodeling?BONUS QUESTION!! Name five different fund raising projects not already mentioned!!

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION!! Name the Endowment Fund(s).

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50th Anniversary Trivia Answers

TRIVIA QUESTION!! How was the $29,490.55 1970 building project paid for? It drew money from four different sources. Name them:

  1. Used Building Fund monies derived from the Labor Day Auctions
  2. Sold $500 and $1,000 bonds at 7.5 and 8%; retired $1,000 bonds in 1973
  3. Rented social hall to Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star for their regular ceremonies
  4. Received a mortgage from Fridley State Bank; paid off in 1973

What additional sources were tapped in the 1990 remodeling?

  1. Received a $5,000 Chalice Lighter’s grant
  2. Sold building lots on 67th and 68th Avenues NE totaling $43,000
  3. Had $50,000 mortgage from the same bank (then called Norwest Bank and now Wells Fargo). The Mortgage was paid off and burned at a congregational gathering on October 9, 1994.
  4. Conducted a building campaign pledge drive receiving $45,000
  5. Building Fund $66,000
  6. 1990 Auction proceeds of $9000

BONUS QUESTION!! Name five different fund raising projects not already mentioned!!

  1. Bazaars: Women’s Club Bazaar in the 1960-1970s; the MSUS Holiday Bazaar since the early 2000s alsoallows space for vendors who contribute a percentage of their sales.
  2. Estate Sales: Organized household items and staffed four one or two day-long events with most proceeds going to MSUS; one was an live auction.
  3. Cook Books: 1968 and 1985 versions were recipe boxes; the 2008 version was a booklet.
  4. Plant sales: Bedding plants and member plant donations.
  5. Calligraphy bookmarks and plaques of the UU Principles: Created by Member Mary Brennan and sold at MSUS and denominational conferences.
  6. Winter Service Auction:Iit replaced the Labor Day Auction as a major fund-raiser.
  7. Building rental to outside groups: Weddings, receptions, meetings, life events, etc.
  8. Sunday collections and Second Sunday special collection for social justice causes: Sunday collections were started in 19xx and second Sunday collections were adopted in 19xx. The early years' general fund depended on pledges alone with special pleas, occasionally, for more money.
  9. Memorial Fund: Donations generally honor deceased members; Living Memorials recognize life events as birthdays, anniversaries, special events. Gifts include cash, stock, bequests and goods.

ANOTHER BONUS QUESTION!! Name the Endowment Fund(s).

  1. Glenn and Edith Thompson Endowment - promotes UUism. The endowment is named after a major founding family – Glenn was our first MSUS president. Edith was a long time Trustee and volunteer serving on or chairing many committees.
  2. Morna Brennan Endowment - provides funds for certain Religious Education equipment. Morna grew up in the MSUS Religious Education program and was the daughter of Ken and Pat Brennen. The Endowment was established after she was murdered in 1986.