UUCC Memorial Endowment Trust
Mission: The Memorial Endowment Trust provides a perpetual, prudently managed fund for generous legacy giving to support the Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte, its present and future members and its liberal religious mission.
Source of Funds: The Trust grows assets through the professional management of contributions received from members and friends of the UUCC. Gifts of cash, securities or other assets can be made to honor or commemorate a special person or persons while providing the giver with the tax benefits of charitable giving. The relevant details of the honorarium or memorial may be indicated on the MET gift form or online donation form.
Legacy Society and Plans of Giving: Gifts can also be made by including the Memorial Endowment Trust in estate documents; members and friends who do so become part of the Legacy Society (formerly the Chalice Society). Through membership in the Legacy Society, there are many ways of leaving a legacy to support your values.
Use of Funds: Each year, up to 5% of average Trust assets may be made available for one-time grants to fund special UUCC-sponsored or UUCC-related projects or activities. These projects should further the principles, programs and purposes of the UUCC but should not be part of regular and ongoing operating expenses. Funds available for the grant program, guidelines for submitting grant proposals and an application form are available elsewhere on this site.
Governance: The Memorial Endowment Trust is governed by a trust agreement with the tax advantages of a charitable organization. The Trust’s assets are managed professionally with oversight by a Board of Trustees appointed by the UUCC Board. The MET Trustees administer the Trust Agreement according to a set of Rules and Procedures.
Charitable Tax Status: The Memorial Endowment Trust is an IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) and 170(c) charitable religious organization. The Memorial Endowment Trust’s tax-exempt federal identification number is 56-6215392. For estate tax purposes, bequests, legacies, devises or transfers to the Trust are deductible as they are in accord with the provision of the Internal Revenue Code Section 2055(a) and related regulations.
The MET Board of Trustees
Fred Dodson, Jr.
Fred Dodson, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc., where he manages the organization’s real estate development activities. Before joining the Housing Partnership in 1997, Dodson gained experience directing the Hospitality House of Boone, North Carolina homeless shelter, the New River Valley Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, and the Montgomery County Community Shelter in Virginia. Mr. Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Fred and Lesha Dodson have been married for 32 years and have one son, Malcolm Dodson. Fred has been a member of the UUCC since 2002. At UUCC, Fred has served on the Board of Trustees, the Social Justice Team, The Memorial Endowment Trust, and The Stewardship Team.
Rita Heath Singer
Rita Heath-Singer has been an active UUCC member since 1988, while she has served on many committees and teams, she is very excited to be one of the newest members of the Memorial Endowment Trust. When she isn’t working full time as a frontline healthcare worker at Atrium Health Lincolnton, you can find her backpacking or taking hikes throughout North Carolina.
A graduate of Queens College, MaryAnn is a semi-retired CPA who left the corporate world in 2017. She joined the UUCC in 2012 with her husband of 38 years, Rocky Hendrick. MaryAnn has served on the Worship Team, the Finance Team, and as an usher as well as joining in special projects. When not tending to 2 dogs and a cat, she enjoys biking, sports – limited to Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC – traveling, and spending quality time with friends.
Ellen joined the UUCC 25 years ago after her daughter attended Open Door School. Both her children, John and Sibley, attended the RE programs while husband, Ted, stayed home to commune with nature. You will see her Sunday morning singing with the choir or playing handbells and she has served on the Board of Directors, Music Committee, and facilitated Discovery Circles. Ellen retired in 2018 and has filled her time with tutoring, gardening, walking, hiking, and taking piano lessons. Her favorite place is sitting on the deck overlooking the NC mountains.
Tom Nunnenkamp, Chair
An active UUCC member since 1974, this retired financial advisor can be found daily in MapleWalk, the much-visited garden that he and his wife, Lib Jones created. If you miss him there he is likely bowling or serving on a committee or board.
Randy Whitt has been a long-time active member of the UUCC (over 40 years), and has served in many leadership roles, including UUCC Board Chair. Randy has previously served on the MET (Memorial Endowment Trust), as well as the Finance Team, and many other committees, and has taught in RE. Randy and Barbara (wife) are members of the Legacy Society. Randy is a retired CPA and tries to stay active running and biking.