everything you need for giving - all in one place!
This page is meant to be your jumping-off point for everything you need in order to make your pledge during our annual budget drive. The Annual Budget Drive Committee has been working diligently to ensure every household has all the resources available to make the best decision about their annual pledge of support to First Unitarian Church of Providence.
We continue with our seven-year initiative that honors the Congregation's 300th anniversary approaching in 2020. The Race to 300 aims to set modest annual goals to gradually eliminate our dependency on the Property Fund Endowment for our annual operating costs. In doing so, these funds can be reserved for needed capital improvements. We have been successful in meeting these incremental goals so far, and look forward to another successful year in 2017 together.
On the left-hand side of the page, you will find links to information pertaining to other forms of giving. We encourage those interested to peruse those pages. The links below are our NEW frequently asked questions list, and contain links to the most commonly needed resources. We hope you will find them useful as you consider the appropriate amount of support to pledge for church year 2017-'18.
Giving and Pledging FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Here are some of the most common questions that arise while individuals and families are planning their annual pledge:
Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
How much should my household pledge?
Every househole is different! There is no set amount that a household is obliged to give to First Unitarian Church. Households typically pledge based on a variety of factors, including financial considerations, participation levels, and so on.
We recommend using our pledging worksheet, based on the UUA fair-share guide to get a sense of where to start. Be sure to reach out for a stewardship conversation if you would benefit from talking to someone about all of this - contact info is on the form.
When do I have to pay my pledge?
Pledges can be paid at any time during the church year (July 1st, 2016 - June 30th, 2017). Payments may be remitted to the church all at once, OR in installments at whatever frequency is most appropriate for you. Many households pay on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis, and specify the date(s) ahead of time. Some households prefer to pay each week. The frequency and date(s) may be updated at any time during the pledging year by contacting the First U Office by phone or email.
How can I pay my pledge?
Pledges - whether as installments or a lump-sum - can be paid by either cash, check or standing order with your bank ("automatic giving"). Cash payments can be made at any time using giving envelopes available in the church office, parish house and inside the meeting house. Many families find using giving envelopes (with their name printed clearly) during the weekly offertory at service a convenient way to make their weekly cash payments towards their pledge of support - ask a Greeter or Usher for more information!
How can I set up automatic payments through my bank?
It is often a matter of logging in to your online banking website, and following instructions for setting up a payment. If you do not bank online, or your bank's website does not offer this feature, then you can set up autommatic giving at your local bank branch. In either case, the whole process normally only takes a few minutes and you will not need to know the Church's account or routing number. Take a look at our AutoPay FAQ Sheet at this link
What does my pledge pay for?
The church's operating budget covers costs of staff - including our minister and DRE, as well as programming and all of our ministries. Find out more about our community ministries with the link in the navigation menu to the left - or see this breakdown of last year's budget as an example.
What happens if my household cannot fulfill my/our annual pledge?
Pledging is a commitment you make to the church, and we rely on our congregation fulfilling that promise each year. Of course, we understand that life happens! There is no penalty at all for households who find they are unable to fulfill their commitment.
If you find your circumstances change dramatically over the course of the church year, we request that you please notify the church office as soon as possible.
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Can I speak with someone more about pledging?
Absolutely! - request a visit or telephone conversation with one of our Visiting Stewards. Call or email Annual Budget Drive co-chairs Beth Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gregory Waksmulski (email@example.com) to schedule a conversation.