Created to honor the 32 years of service of Rev. Richard and Joyce Gilbert to our church and community, The Gilbert Spirit Fund will lend support to programs/projects that reflect the special interests of Richard and/or Joyce Gilbert, giving preference to fresh ventures and new initiatives with existing endeavors.
The funded programs/projects will:
Contribute to social or economic justice; or
Promote art and music as integral parts of a responsible search for meaning in life; or
Build or revitalize partnerships that support the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Groups receiving funds must be nonpartisan and not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Requests for approximately $500-5,000 will be considered. The fund will make at least one substantial award annually to an endeavor that fulfills the criteria outlined above, giving preference to ventures that engage a significant number of First Unitarian Church congregants of all ages. The goals of the funded programs/projects must be specific, measurable, achievable, and congruent with the interests, commitments, and vision of Joyce and/or Richard Gilbert and with Unitarian Universalist values.