Pledge Drive 2020

First Church is our Spiritual Tapestry – Every Gift Strengthens the Fabric

This community is woven by the relationships among us, the commitments we make, and the hope we have for a better world. Together we actively create the wonder, authentic connection, love, and justice we value as a community. Together we weave the possibilities of these values in this community’s future and in the world.

Pledge Sustainability

First Church has a 4-year plan to become Pledge Sustainable. To keep on track, we need a $35,000 increase in pledge commitments this year – for our goal of $735,000.

Currently, the church has a healthy balance sheet, but our day to day operational expenses are supplemented by bequests and special gifts. (To see a summary budget for our current year click here.) This is not sustainable over the long-term. If 100% of special gifts could be invested in new programming, outreach, and capital improvements – that would benefit both ourselves and all those who will follow.

Please consider the value of this community in your life now when considering your pledge commitment. And please consider the importance of liberal religious values in the world.

Please make your 2020/21 online pledge below.

What is a Pledge

A pledge is a promise to donate money to the church within a 12-month period. Like many non-profit organizations our volunteer Finance Committee begins our budgeting process for the following fiscal year in the Spring. They base the budget on the commitments we make in the annual pledge drive. A pledge is a non-binding promise for how each of us want to support our community throughout the coming year. If unexpected financial challenges come up for your family, you are free to change your pledge at any time.

What is a Fair Pledge?

We think of generosity as a spiritual practice at First Church, a practice that opens our hearts and expands our joy. So ultimately, any pledge amount that is meaningful for you is appropriate and very much appreciated. We are also a community that relies almost completely on our member’s gifts to exist. Taking into account what you can afford, and how much our community means to each individual, we ask our members to consider the Fair Share Chart below used by UU congregations who are pledge sustaining.

The UUA’s Suggested Fair Share Contribution Guide
For Pledge Sustained Congregations

“Adjusted Income” refers to household monthly take-home
pay after taxes, minus extraordinary costs like childcare,
tuition, healthcare, parent support, etc.

If you are interested in automatic Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) on the 15th of each month, please download and print the authorization form at the top of this page and contact Lynne Jacoby with questions. EFT Form

For help with any of our giving options, please contact Lynne Jacoby, Membership Development Coordinator, by phone at (414) 273-5257 x205 or by Email – lynne.jacoby@uumilwaukee.org.