|UUMA Dues Structure, Discounts, and Waivers|
The Board of Trustees continues to review the dues structure seeking to address the concerns and realities of a sliding dues scale while still presenting a balanced budget to ensure we have the resources to continue to live into our vision of a stronger, more effective UUMA. Following recommendations resulting from our financial review, the UUMA will be moving its membership period to match the fiscal year (July 1—June 30). To reach this end the FY15 renewal year will be for Nov. 15, 2014—June 30, 2015. The dues chart for renewing members below has been are calculated at 0.7% for parish based ministers and 0.35% for community based members and those serving outside of US/Canada. Those members wishing to maintain the current level of dues for the 2014-15 year are welcome to do so.
Because of the complexities of this renewal system the uuma.org renewal process has been redesigned. The renewal process will be dependent upon the your profile information. You will be given an opportunity to update your profile at the start of the process. Installments and Automatic Renewals will both be available in this new system.
While we acknowledge that there is no system that will be 100% equitable across all income levels we hope you will see that the spirit of this structure is intended to level the field as much as possible. Please remember that waivers are available for those unable to pay the minimum; we especially encourage those of you who are making less than $20,000 a year to consider asking for a full waiver. Waivers should be requested by January 1, 2015. Although this chart does not extend past $100K, those making an income beyond that are welcome to
pay .07% (or %.035 for community ministers) of their income.
^ or .7% of income # or .35% of income
Additional Renewal Categories:
Changes to the Discount Code Structure:
Because the dues structure takes into account the different financial obligations and level of services offered for community ministers many of the previous discount codes have been discontinued. We have retained the top six discount codes in acknowledgement that many members—parish and community based—continue to have additional organizations that are necessary to their ministry. If you belong to one of the following organization and it is necessary to your ministry, you may use a discount code to deduct a portion of your dues. Associations are assigned codes based on their dues amount. One code is allowed per membership. If applying this code to your membership brings your dues amount below the minimum you are requested to pay the minimum.
Salary & Housing: As reflected on US IRS Form W-2: Boxes 1 (Salary) and 14 (Housing) or equivalent. (Feel free to subtract the FICA match if you receive that for social security.)
Necessary Organization: A membership in another organization which your
employer generally expects or requires you to maintain to keep your position.
How to request a Full Waiver:
From the UUMA Bylaws: Members experiencing extreme financial
hardship or full disability may request a full waiver of dues.
Application for a waiver must be made annually as specified by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees, at its discretion, may determine additional procedures for the waiver or reduction of dues for international members serving outside North America. Any dispute over the amount of dues
payable shall be finally determined by the Treasurer.
To apply for a full waiver please forward the following documentation to
the UUMA Director of Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org: