UUA Board of Trustees approves $300,000 grant immediately, will guarantee another $5 million over time.
Update 10.17.16: Read our full coverage of the board's decision.
On Friday, October 14, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees agreed to provide $300,000 immediately to fund operating expenses of Black Lives of UU and committed to guarantee another $5 million in long-term funding for BLUU’s efforts to support black UUs and expand the role and visibility of black UUs within the faith.
The board’s decision came during its October 13–15 meeting, which is being held at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. The decision followed a presentation on BLUU’s work and goals by BLUU Organizing Collective members Leslie Mac and the Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith.
Aspects of the decision are still unclear, including whether the funds will come from the UUA endowment, from a fundraising campaign, or through some other means. Read the board’s announcement and BLUU’s announcement of the decision.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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