For more than a century, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo has stood as a beacon of progressive values and community service. It is a place where individuals have found acceptance, inspiration, and joy. Our church is a cornerstone in the community, embodying the spirit of hope and inclusivity.

However, urgent repairs are needed to ensure the church’s continued service to the community. Over the past several months, our Capital Campaign Team and dedicated leaders have been diligently planning to address these issues, particularly in our religious education classrooms, which have been impacted by long-term water infiltration. From the lower levels to the bell tower, our historic building requires attention and care.

To begin these vital repairs, we have secured a grant of $250,000 from the National Fund for Sacred Places. This highly competitive and prestigious grant is awarded to historic houses of worship for building preservation and improvements. However, this grant is not enough to cover all the necessary repairs. We must secure $500,000 in matching funds by October 2025 to complete the restoration work.

Your support is crucial in ensuring that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo continues to serve as a sanctuary of hope and community service. Together, we can preserve our historic building and continue our mission of justice, compassion, and inclusivity for generations to come.

The Capital Campaign Committee, after consulting with members of the congregation including the Fixed Assets Committee, has set a fundraising goal of $1,000,000 from the congregation and the community. The addition of the $250,000 matching NFSP grant will bring our total goal to $1,250,000.

Our feasibility study, which began on April 1st, will provide insights into the possibility of raising these funds. It’s time to consider your contribution, which can be given over the next three years.

As we embark on this critical mission, our church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, is dedicated to raising $1,250,000 for urgent repairs and improvements. These efforts are crucial to ensuring the continued safety and functionality of our cherished church, addressing issues such as long-term water infiltration in our religious education classrooms and revitalizing our historic building. Your contribution, no matter the size, is vital to our success.

Stay tuned for updates and ways to get involved as we prepare to launch our campaign. Together, let’s Carry the Light Forward and make a brighter future for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.

Carry the Light Forward will require the support of everyone, and several committees of volunteer leaders are already involved:

Capital Campaign Committee:
Bridget Evans, Chair
Rev. Cathy Harrington
Martha Malkiewicz
Phil Nicolai
Jane Armbruster
Thea Hassan
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Fixed Assets Committee:
David Quackenbush
William Botsford
Tom Muka
Greg Harris
Judy Kieffer????

Finance Committee:
John Petrocelli, Chair
Paul Zanolli, Treasurer
Donna Sentz, Finance Administrator
Joel Cohen?

Updates

What Needs to be Done

Gifts Needed to Reach Goal of $1,000,000

To reach our capital campaign goal, the following distribution of gifts is needed. Ask yourself:

How can I assure that this faith community will best serve the next generation? How much money can I commit to fulfill our ministry? How do I feel about my previous giving in relation to the gifts that I have been given? Have I been giving until it feels good? Can I increase my commitment to the next giving level?

  • 1 gift of more than $100,000
  • 1 gift of $80,001 to $100,000
  • 1 gift of $50,001 to $80,000
  • 3 gifts of $20,001 to $50,000
  • 7 gifts of $10,001 to $20,000
  • 20 gifts of $6,001 to $10,000
  • 32 gifts of $4,801 to $6,000
  • 25 gifts of $3,601 to $4,800
  • 27 gifts of $2,801 to $3,600
  • 45 gifts of $2,001 to $2,800
  • Several gifts of up to $2,000