NOW INVITING Share the Plate Nominations for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 September – June from Pledging Members or Chartered Groups of First Parish in Concord

Pledging members and Chartered Groups of First Parish in Concord are eligible to fill out a nominating form HERE.

Last day for the nomination is March 31, 201 with announcement of winners by beginning of May.  Note: Please understand that there will be only 10 organizations selected on their own merits without favoring people or groups that submitted the nominations. No nominating member nor chartered group is guaranteed to get a yes on their nomination.  Please read the criteria within the nominating form and also described below.

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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 Institute
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 and chartered groups are encouraged to nominate an organization for Share the Plate for the 2021-2022 church year HERE.  The nominating process for fiscal year 2021-2022 is open from February 21 and close March 31, 2021.  Awards will be announced in May.

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Presentation to the Congregation During Sunday Service

If your nomination is selected, you will need a staff member of the organization to coordinate their visit to the 10:00 a.m. service so that the congregation can learn more about the organization’s work.  (During the COVID-19 pandemic, these are through zoom meetings or prerecorded.)  Or, you may serve as the presenter or find another First Parish member who has first-hand experience with the organization.

How will selections be made among nominated organizations?

A vetting team recommends nominations to church staff.

What are the selection criteria?

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

Eligibility Criteria for Share the Plate

  • Was not a recipient organization the immediate prior fiscal year (July – June)
  • Nominated by a First Parish chartered group 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 $1,000 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
  • Avoids toxic charity model

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