Last week was the kick-off of the annual pledge campaign! Over the next few weeks, you’ll see information in your email and on the UU website about how to make a pledge.
The goal for the annual pledge campaign is to continue living our values as a responsible employer. With your help, we will be able to maintain the tradition of providing salaries and benefits for our incredible staff.
Giving as a spiritual practice
Supporting our community is a rewarding spiritual practice that we engage in collectively, and it is also deeply personal.
As we approach this annual time of giving, we encourage you to step back and contemplate your role as a steward of our Congregation.
What do you value about our beloved community? How are you currently helping our community to grow and thrive? Are there opportunities for you to grow in your faith next year by giving more of your time, talents, or treasure?
How could your gifts empower and transform our Congregation?
Assessing your commitment
Whether you’ve been pledging for years or this is your first time, take a look at this tool provided by the UUA as you think about your pledge: The Suggested Fair-Share Contribution Guide (https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/fair_share_contribution_guide.pdf) .
This matrix helps calculate the right level of financial support based on your income and level of commitment. The guide is progressive, which is a good reminder that giving is not static: you can set longer-term goals to increase your pledge – and your impact – over time.
What does the Congregation need?
Another way to look at pledging is to consider the Congregation’s financial obligations.
Our expenses for the current year are estimated at $220,000. If each of our (approximately) 100 households pledges to contribute $2,200, we would meet our goal.
Of course we understand that this level of commitment isn’t feasible for everyone, but it’s important to keep in mind that we want to avoid having a disproportionately small group of donors shouldering the burden – this places this Congregation on shaky ground financially.
Every little bit matters
If each household found $1 in pocket change every day to donate, we could collectively raise an extra $36,500 for next year. That would make a huge impact in the quality of our worship and programs, and our ability to make positive changes in the world.
Please know that your generosity, whatever the amount, is amplified when we all come together as stewards of our community.
Sincerely, the Stewardship Committee:
Bev Lawson, Jillian Ehrenberg, Dan Forbush, Cynthia Eletto, and Elaine Greeley