UUSC's Flaming Chalice Circle

Since its founding in 1940, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has been a leader in the global movement to defend human rights and advance social justice. Through their support of UUSC, our members have been a vital part of this tradition of service, which is grounded in the core Unitarian Universalist belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons.

In order to recognize and show appreciation to those who include the Service Committee in their estate plans, UUSC established the Flaming Chalice Circle giving society. Just as the flaming chalice has become a symbol of commitment to service and action, membership in the Flaming Chalice Circle symbolizes our collective commitment to future generations, ensuring that they too will benefit from UUSC's efforts to empower people around the world and enrich the quality of life for everyone.

There are many ways to join UUSC's Flaming Chalice Circle. For example, you may name UUSC as a beneficiary under the terms of your will. This is commonly known as a bequest. You may also make a gift to UUSC in the form of a charitable trust. Such trusts are gift vehicles that allow you to contribute to UUSC while providing an income for yourself and/or another beneficiary for life or for a designated period of time.

Much like a charitable trust, a charitable gift annuity is a gift vehicle whereby a gift is made to UUSC and in return the donor receives a guaranteed fixed income. Similarly a gift to UUSC's pooled income fund results in a stream of income for life. And finally, a gift of an interest in a life insurance policy or retirement plan, either through the assignment of ownership or the naming of UUSC as a beneficiary of the insurance or retirement plan, is a wonderful way of making a planned gift to the Service Committee and joining the Flaming Chalice Circle.

If you would like further information about becoming a member of the Flaming Chalice Circle, or if you have already made arrangements to benefit UUSC through a bequest, trust, or other estate plan, please contact Brendan Donnelly at (617) 301-4349 or bdonnelly@uusc.org.