Giving to the Congregation, FAQ

When practiced consistently and intentionally, giving can become a spiritual discipline and, even more, a sacred art. When we practice giving regularly and understand that our motivation has some connection outside of ourselves, we have the opportunity to radically transform our lives, the life of another person, even the lives of entire communities…It’s about creating an entire lifestyle of generosity.
~Lauren Tyler Wright

Why do we pledge?

This congregation belongs to each of us. We pledge to fund the daily operations and to ensure that the congregation and its resources are here for us and for others now and in the future. Click here to learn how to pledge.

Who pledges:

All regular attendees are encouraged to pledge. Visitors and friends of our congregation are also welcome to pledge. If you believe that we are doing good, please support our mission.

What is the money used for?

Pledge and other revenue sources (rental, investment, fundraising, donations) support our worship and music programs, our religious education program, programs for members and friends, community outreach, and connections to Unitarian Universalism. Our budget reflects our mission and vision.

Is pledging a requirement of membership?

We expect that those who benefit from the congregation and participate in activities will share in its financial upkeep. Some members are able to pledge more, others less, but we can all share in supporting our congregation.

Should everyone pledge the same amount?

We place a high value on diversity in our congregation—diverse views, backgrounds, and experiences. Included in this diversity is a diversity of economic circumstances. All of us support our congregation at individual financial levels.

How much should I pledge?

Plan to contribute a percentage of your annual income. The Fair Share Giving Guidelines suggest what you might give.

What about the money I put in the collection plate?

Some people use the Sunday offering to make their pledge payments. As long as the offering can be associated with you, e.g. your personal check, with the memo: “pledge” it will be counted toward your pledge.

What if my financial circumstances change during the year, if I lose my job or have a financial emergency?

Lives are not static. Contact the Finance Committee chairperson, Alyssa Lum, AlyssaBairdLum@gmail.com, if you need to adjust your pledge.

Can I make a gift to the endowment?

Discover how and why to make an endowment gift here.