Each year around the month of March, members and friends of First Unitarian are urged to make a commitment of their financial support for the church in the upcoming fiscal year — July through June. The amount pledged becomes the basis for the church’s new annual budget that supports staffing, programs, and all our infrastructure.
First Unitarian continues an ongoing effort to reduce reliance on our endowment to support annual operations. Our goals are to achieve long-term financial health and to honor our responsibility to those who will inherit what many generations before us have built and handed to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should my household pledge?
Every household is different. There is no set amount that a household is obliged to give to First Unitarian Church. If this is your first time and you’re unsure about how much to pledge, consider using the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Fair Share Guide to Giving
When do I have to pay my pledge?
Pledges can be paid at any time during the church year which runs July 1 through June 30. You can pay your pledge all at once, in installments, or whatever works best for you.
Many households pay on a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual basis. Some prefer to pay each week. The frequency can be changed at any time during the pledging year.
How can I pay my pledge?
You can pay your pledge by check, cash, or by standing order with your bank. You can mail your pledge to the church or drop it in the offering plate on Sunday. We provide giving envelopes for cash payments toward your pledge; be sure to print your name clearly on the envelope.
How can I set up automatic payments through my bank?
You can either log onto your online banking website to set up automatic payments or visit your local bank branch to set it up. You will not need to know the church’s account or routing number.
What does my pledge pay for?
First Unitarian’s operating budget covers costs of our staff and programs.
What happens if my household cannot fulfill its annual pledge?
Life happens; we understand. If your circumstances change dramatically over the course of the church year, we ask that you notify the church office as soon as possible. There is no penalty for unfulfilled pledges.
Can I speak with someone more about pledging?
Absolutely. To request a visit or telephone conversation, please click here