The Endowment Fund is completely separate from the annual budget. Its purpose is to augment, develop and improve AUUF programs, as well as to reach further into the community. Established in 2008, the fund is currently in the building stage. Once the growth threshold is achieved, funds will be distributed from interest income, leaving the principal intact.
Endowment funds are held by the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF) overseen by the national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). UUCEF is a diversified investment fund featuring professional asset management, audit services and UU socially responsible investing goals. (See http://uucef.org/ for more information).
A gift to the Endowment Fund is an excellent option for people wanting to leave a lasting legacy to AUUF. See the Planned / Legacy Giving section or visit the UUA website's Planned Giving page for more information about planned giving options.
Endowment Fund Brochure - printable document to share (updated September 2022)
AUUF elects members to serve three-year terms on the Endowment Committee, which acts as the Endowment Fund custodian. Current members include:
Doug Eby (Co-chair, term expires 2025)
Stephenie Wheeler (Co-chair, term expires 2023)
Judy Engh (Treasurer, term expires 2024)
Mary Kulawik (Secretary, term expires 2025)
Harry Crawford (term expires 2024)
For details about the fund balance, future fund-raising goals and activities, contact the Endowment Committee Co-Chair Stephenie Wheeler at (907) 382-3327.
Louise Gallop Gold Nugget Seeds Endowment
In her will, beloved elder Louise Gallop bequeathed a collection of gold nuggets that she mined herself. Nuggets were sold at fellowship functions throughout 2016 and 2017, until August 2017, when the remaining nuggets and gold dust were sold. All proceeds went directly into the Endowment Fund. More information about Louise Gallop and her extraordinary gold mining story are available at the Gallop Gold web site.