Half Portion for Social Action
AUUF commits to supporting love and justice in the wider community and wider world through the Half Portion for Social Action. Every Sunday service collection is divided, with half of the unpledged, unrestricted money supporting the fellowship and half going to a specified charitable organization.
Half Portion recipients are comprised of 12 non-profit groups -- different one each month. The Half Portion Team -- part of the AUUF Social Action Council, manages the selection process. This process includes receiving nominations for proposed recipients from the congregation in September and October, forming a ballot of 20 possible recipients, and online voting for finalists by members in November. The AUUF Minister's Caring Fund is supported by collections on the fifth Sunday on months that have five Sundays.
Through its work, the AUUF Social Justice Committee identifies many deserving Half Portion nominees. Other AUUF committees and individuals also recommend organizations to be considered and vetted. The Half Portion Team ensures that nominated organizations are aligned with UU principles, are proven effective, and recognized as trusted stewards. Selection criteria and considerations include:
Nominee is tied to a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations
Charity Navigator ratings should indicate sound management and fund-raising efficiency
Balance continuing needs of past recipients with urgent needs of new nominees
Balance local, statewide, national and global causes
Balance economic, social, health, educational and environmental concerns
Members and Friends may nominate organizations by contacting the Half Portion For Social Action Team or by completing the form below and turning it in as instructed:
Note: If you contribute your pledge by placing it in the offering basket, please be sure to mark the Memo line on the check as "PLEDGE" or put payment in a sealed envelope clearly marked as PLEDGE. Otherwise half of your check will be a Social Action donation.
2019 Half Portion Recipients include: RAIS (Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services), AFACT (Anchorage Faith & Action – Congregations Together), PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), Citizens Climate Lobby, Alaska Innocence Project, Identity Inc., STAR (Standing Together Against Rape), Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaii, Food Bank of Alaska/Anchorage, Alaska Literacy Program, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, and Children’s Lunchbox.