2019-2020 Give Away the Basket Nomination Criteria

Recipient Organizations must generally meet the following criteria:

  1. 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Can demonstrate fiscal responsibility and accountability (could provide annual reports, audited financial statements, etc. if requested).
  3. Operates with annual budget of less than $500,000.
  4. Organizations whose work contributes in some way to a more just, equitable, and compassionate community, in alignment with our mission and UU principles. This church has preferred to support local South Side and Chicago organizations.
  5. Recipients cannot be political parties or candidates for office.
  6. Recipients are independent of the church or other UU organizations.
  7. Repeat gifts: an organization shall receive only one allocation from the church every two years, (exceptions to be made by board under unique circumstances).
  8. Senior ministers retain discretion to postpone a collection or reduce the number of Sundays designated to accommodate unexpected needs (e.g. large-scale disasters)


Selection Process:

  1. Nominations can be made at any time, by any member of the congregation by completing a nomination form and obtaining seven members’ signatures in support. You can fill out the form online HERE or find a paper copy at church. Please give completed hard copy forms to Rev. Jason.
  2. All nominations received by May 5th that meet the selection criteria, will go before a congregational vote at the annual meeting.
  3. Each voting member will get to vote for four organizations.


Deadline: May 5th