crowd at the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase for Cedar Lane's Capital Campaign Kick-Off event on March 3, 2018

Capital Campaign

Capital/Annual Combined Campaign Results: Thanks a Million(s)!

Last year, Cedar Lane embarked on a much needed capital campaign to create a more welcoming and accessible facility. Cedar Lane members and friends responded with pledges to date totaling nearly $5.6 million! This amazing generosity will allow us to move forward with plans to enlarge and improve the sanctuary, fellowship, and entry areas; and become fully ADA accessible.

This is truly great news. Thank you to all who pledged, and to the Campaign Steering Committee, Cedar Lane staff, and many volunteer stewards who were inspired by the goals of the campaign.

What’s Next

A Renovation Task Force has been charged by the Board of Trustees to begin the next phase of this project. The Task Force will work directly with the architects and builders to plan, design and oversee construction of the renovation. There will be numerous opportunities for congregational input in the months ahead and the Task Force looks forward to your engagement.

Still Time to Pledge

For those who feel moved to pledge to the capital fund or increase your pledge, you may do so at any time online or by calling the church office. If you have questions about pledging, contact either of the Renovation Task Force co-chairs (Mary Means at or Maryann Dillon at

Annual/Capital Pledge Data

The active phase of the Combined Campaign concluded in December 2018. Results of the combined annual/capital campaign are available below.

Thank you for all you have done — and for what you may yet do.

Capital Fund Pledges

208 Cedar Lane families and individuals pledged $5,588,367 for renovations and improvements designed to expand the entry, sanctuary, and fellowship areas; become fully ADA accessible; and improve walkways and parking. 15% of the total raised is designated for ministry and mission programs. Intended bequests comprise $2,225,000 of the above amount.

$1,090,323, including pledges realized and interest accrued, is currently available and sufficient to begin further consultation with the architects. A Renovation Task Force, co-chaired by Maryann Dillon and Mary Means, has been formed to oversee the project and facilitate congregational involvement in the planning process.

Annual Fund Pledges

394 Cedar Lane families and individuals pledged $852,472 to support our operating budget. This was less than the goal of $935,000 and requires that approximately $50,000 be drawn from the church’s investment fund in order to meet budget requirements. Our campaign consultant has said – and nearby UU congregations have confirmed — that it is not unusual for there to be a dip in annual pledging when combined with a request for capital improvements.

In light of the shortfall, the Board of Trustees will issue a separate report on the adjustments that need to be made to the current operating budget and outline implications for the upcoming fiscal year.