First Unitarian Church of Milwaukee

Pledge Drive 2018 - Now More Than Ever

Now more than ever we need First Church. Almost daily now we witness our political leaders denounce other people in hostile, denigrating language, creating a world of us versus them. Partly as a result, racism and bigotry have been emboldened and are on the rise. In addition, the abuse of power over women and people who have lacked power has been brought to light and revealed as extensive and occurring over the decades. And as we react to these developments, we find that our polarized society constrains discussions or remedies.

More than ever, we look to First Church to anchor us, support us in remembering that every person has value, that we accept all people, and that we strive for justice, equity and compassion as the means to build human relations. More than ever, we rely on First Church to affirm our spiritual path and to reject the rhetoric that would divide us.
The goal of your 2018 pledge team this year is to move our community closer to a pledge sustained congregation because we believe the world needs the values and practices of our Unitarian Universalist faith now more than ever.

Please make your 2018/19 on-line 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.

While the amount of a pledge is a personal decision, for a pledge sustained congregation we know that most of us need to contribute a fair share in accordance with what we can afford, and considering what this community means in our lives. We have found the Unitarian Universalists Fair Share Chart helpful in considering what to give, or what level of giving we would like to set a goal for in the next couple of years.

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.

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


2018-2019 Pledge Form

Your pledge is for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30. You can make your pledge by completing the web form below and clicking on the submit button.

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 –