Share the Plate Organizations – 2020-2021

SEPTEMBER Black Ballot Power
OCTOBER Open Table
NOVEMBER Alliance for the Mentally Ill NAMI
DECEMBER The Nature Connection
JANUARY Guatemala Aid Fund
FEBRUARY Hagar’s Sisters
MARCH Gaining Ground
APRIL Louis D. Brown Peace Institutes
MAY Concord Prison Outreach
JUNE Household Goods

What is Share the Plate ?

In Share the Plate collections, half of the funds raised (other than those designated as fulfilling pledges), will go to the designated recipient organization and the other half will go to First Parish.

Why Share the Plate?

Share the Plate programs have been around for years, and are used by many congregations.  Michael Durall’s writing on creating generous congregations in the early 2000’s spread the word about Share the Plates.

Congregations have found that STP programs created a broader sense of ownership of the Social Action giving process.  They also provide an opportunity for congregants to learn about and make connections with new social justice organizations.

Share the plates are generally thought to increase the overall plate total – so the church actually receives more from a shared plate than regular collections.

Can I nominate a recipient for Share the Plate?  

First Parish in Concord pledging members are encouraged to nominate organizations for Share the Plate for the 2021-2022 church year. The nominating process begins February 1 and closes March 1, 2021. Awards will be announced in April/May.

If you would like more information, please contact

Liaison to selected nominees

If your nomination is selected, you will need a First Parish sponsor to the organization to coordinate their visit to a service and/or a coffee hour so that the congregation can learn more about the organization’s work.  You may serve as the liaison or find another First Parish member.

How will selections be made among nominated organizations?

The Giving Group recommends nominations to church staff.

What are the selection criteria?

The following eligibility and selection criteria were drafted by the SAC Giving Workgroup and approved by the SAC Board and Rev. Dana.

Eligibility Criteria for Share the Plate

  • Nominated by a First Parish program or a pledging member/s
  • Mission consistent with UU principles
  • Non-profit (501c3) status
  • Likely share of collections would make a meaningful difference to the organization (Organization’s Form 990 will be reviewed to determine whether it is of a size where a collection of $3,000 to $10,000 would make a significant difference.)

Selection Criteria for Share the Plate

Of those eligible, the Selection Committee will consider the following in making a selection of the organizations to Share the Plate.

  • Extent of support from the congregation (# of nominating sponsors, # of FP programs nominating, opportunities for generating matching funds)
  • Opportunity for congregants to build a relationship with the recipient organization (opportunities for partnership, volunteering, or further fundraising)
  • Selecting recipients to contribute to a variety of local, national, and international target populations and to different social justice missions
  • Opportunity to align collections with themes of sermons and social action events
  • Degree to which collection would support the priorities of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Watch for the invitation to pledging members or chartered groups to nominate a Share the Plate recipient each February with close date of March 1.

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