Philanthropy and Stewardship

Philanthropy and Stewardship


Our Vision

To inspire donors, through purposeful engagement about the importance of philanthropy and stewardship within the UCC and its churches, to be active participants in transforming the world around us!

Our Mission

To create a culture of philanthropy that invites people to grow in generosity, in faith and in relationship with God and the United Church of Christ.

Our Core Values

• Purposeful teaching on the importance of the stewarding of all resources.

• Fostering trust with internal and external stakeholders.

• Modeling what it means to reimagine the gifts of God – lived out through joyful engagement, efficient management of resources, and excellent stewardship of relationships and resources – equipping others to serve, to ask, and to give.

Together, lets re-imagine the gifts of God.

Please call us with any questions concerning gifts you have made, gifts you would like to make, the impact of your gift in the life of the church, and other gift reporting. We encourage you to call on us as a resource for congregational giving, stewardship planning and education.

700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115

Your Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship Staff

To create a culture of philanthropy that invites people to grow in generosity, in faith and in relationship with God and the United Church of Christ.

paxton100.jpgMary A. Paxton
Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship

Stewardship Resources
In addition to facilitating themed resources for congregational stewardship, our office coordinates a variety of resources to support annual giving programs, stewardship formation, inspiring generosity, year-round stewardship, and capital project planning.

Donor Relations
UCC donors are committed to our cause. We are committed to providing the best care and service that we can give to our partners in philanthropy. We work to develop overarching programs that recognize, inform and engage donors through acknowledgement, recognition, publications, reports and outreach.

Keri SugerikKeri Sugerik
Philanthropy Office Coordinator

Scott ShiraiScott Shirai
Major Gifts Officer, Eastern

Andy DeBraberAndy DeBraber
Major Gifts Officer, Western

Grant and Scholarship Administration
Due to the generosity of past and current donors, the UCC provides scholarships to individuals who will further the work of the church. In addition, we coordinate grant support for select UCC programs.

Pat LydenPat Lyden
Associate Director
Grant and Scholarship Administration

Planned Giving
Planned Giving is a means of leaving a legacy – a lasting impact upon a cause or organization near to a donor’s heart. Our office works with individuals, churches and conferences to facilitate a variety of gifts that are planned now, and sustain organizations like the UCC into the future.

Lynne HansenLynne Hansen
Associate for Planned Giving

Our Church's Wider Mission and Special Offerings
We coordinate promotion, education, and resources for Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM), and coordinate the promotion of these UCC Special Offerings - the Christmas Fund, One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church and Neighbors in Need. We also facilitate a variety of philanthropic appeals that benefit a range of UCC programs and services.

higbee100.jpgMelina Higbee
Associate Director, Campaigns, Appeals, & Events

Contact Info

Mary Paxton
Director, Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115