How to Donate to UUFR
Please note: Donors who are Fellowship members and friends should complete a financial commitment (pledge) form each year if they have not already done to let us know how much they plan to contribute to UUFR during the coming year.
Fellowship members, friends, and others can make a secure one-time or recurring contributions to UUFR using a credit card, debit card, or bank draft through MyUUFR.
- If you’re a member or friend of UUFR and have created a MyUUFR account just log in with your email address and password, click the “Give Online” button, and enter your payment information.
- If you’re not a Fellowship member or friend or haven’t created a MyUUFR account, you can still use the MyUUFR link to make a one-time or recurring contribution to UUFR.
iPhone users can give to UUFR via credit card, debit card, or bank draft by downloading and using Vanco’s Give+ app.
- Go to the App Store and search for “give plus church.”
- Download the Give+ app (for free) and open it.
- Identify UUFR as the church to which you wish to give and follow the prompts.
- The Give+ app also provides the options of either one-time gifts or recurring donations.
Most banks offer a free online “bill pay” service to customers. When you use online banking, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to write a check to make your contribution to UUFR each month.
Making your contribution via on-line banking is free to you and free to UUFR!
All you need to do is to log into your online account with your bank and complete an online form that provides your bank with the Fellowship’s name and mailing address and the amount, frequency, timing, and duration of your contributions to UUFR.
Your bank will deduct the amount of your contribution to UUFR from your bank account and mail a check to UUFR automatically each month.
UUFR’s mailing address is 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Check or Cash
- If you prefer write a check for your contribution (one-time, monthly, quarterly, or yearly), please write “pledge” on the memo line and mail it to UUFR (3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607) or put it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.
- If you want to make a cash contribution to UUFR, please use one of the contribution envelopes you’ll find on the back of each chair in the Fellowship sanctuary and put it in the offering plate on Sunday
If you donate appreciated shares of stock or mutual funds to UUFR, you may be able to avoid paying capital gains tax and claim the full value of the stock as a charitable contribution.
- First: Contact UUFR’s Finance Director to get the name, address, and account number for UUFR’s broker.
- Then contact your broker (don’t sell the stock yourself).
- Have your broker make arrangements to transfer the shares to UUFR’s brokerage account.
- Write or call UUFR to let us know the company or fund name, amount, and approximate value of the shares that your are transferring and the date on which the shares have been or will be transferred to UUFR.
- After UUFR’s broker receives the stock, we will sell it and credit you with the proceeds of the sale.
Donor Advised Charitable Funds
Donor advised charitable funds allow you to establish a fund that can be used to make charitable donations on your behalf. You can claim a tax deduction for funds transferred to your donor advised charitable fund when you place money into the fund and then direct the fund to make donations to UUFR (or other charities) in the same or subsequent years.
Many companies, including Fidelity and Vanguard, offer donor advised charitable funds.
IRA and Retirement Distributions
Individuals who are at least 70 and 1/2 years of age are required to withdraw a portion of their IRA or other retirement accounts each year and pay ordinary income tax on the amount withdrawn. However, if you transfer all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to a charity (UUFR) as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), you do not have to pay ordinary income tax on that portion of your withdrawal.
- Contact your bank or other financial institution.
- Tell them that you want to make a qualified charitable distribution to UUFR from your IRA and direct them to make the contribution directly to UUFR (you may not simply receive the IRA distribution yourself and then write a check to UUFR).
- Complete the necessary paperwork for the qualified charitable distribution.
- Contact UUFR to let us know that your bank or financial institution will be sending us payments from your IRA or retirement account. Provide UUFR with the name of your bank or financial institution and the duration, amount and date of the distributions that they’ll be sending us.
- When you file your taxes, your form 1099 will indicate the amount of your qualified charitable distribution and it will not be included in your taxable income.
Contributions Statements for Donors
- General contributions to UUFR are tax-deductible.
- Members and friends who make financial contributions to UUFR will receive contributions statements at least four times each year via email or postal service.
- Members and friends who have a MyUUFR account can view a record of their contributions to UUFR anytime.
- Please contact the Fellowship’s stewardship committee if you have questions or need assistance with respect to making your donation to UUFR.