Pledge Drive 2021
At First Church, we understand our spirituality and our actions are intrinsically linked, each leading to the other infinitely, like a Möbius loop of faith. So when the multiple crises of 2020 arrived, we responded by creating both new ways to spiritual nourishment, and new responses to injustice. From learning Zoom, to organizing non-violent protest trainings, to singing a track for a virtual choir together, we connected to Wonder, Authentic Connection, Love, and Justice even amidst a global pandemic. (Yay! Thank you, First Church!)
We need the same ‘All-In!’ energy for the 2021 Pledge Drive! Our community is important to our lives, our values are important to the larger community. To keep thriving, First Church needs to be pledge-sustainable.
Our 2021 first goal is 100% participation. But it is important that those who can increase their contribution this year, do so.
Currently our day-to-day operation expenses are supplemented by bequests and special gifts that cannot support us long-term. To see a summary budget for our current year click here. Pledge income overall needs to increase by 15% to balance our operational income with expenses. This year we are asking those who can, to increase their pledge by 10%, or by $15 per month, whichever is higher.
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 Finance Team 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 during the year, please let us know and we will adjust your commitment per your instructions immediately.
What is an Equitable 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 members’ 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 that is used by UU congregations who are pledge sustaining. Click here for the chart.
The UUA’s Suggested Equitable Giving Guide for Pledge Sustained Congregations.
If you are interested in automatic Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) on the 15th of each month, please download and print the authorization form at this link 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.