There are two primary ways to financially support First U’s mission and ministries: a one time donation, or an annual commitment.
Make a donation
A donation is a one-time gift of any size. You can designate your donation for general use or a special purpose. Making a donation to the First Unitarian does not obligate you to an annual commitment. To make a donation online, click below:
Make an annual commitment
You can make an annual commitment by pledging a specific amount of financial support for the church’s fiscal year. Your annual commitment is extremely important because the money pledged is used to build the church budget, which supports almost everything the church does.
You can make your annual commitment in several ways:
- You can pledge on-line by clicking below:
- You can return a filled-out paper pledge card to the church office by postal mail or dropping it off. To download and print the pledge card, click here.
- You can call the church office at 401-421-7970.
- You can email your pledge information to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Pledging 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 Giving Chart — just click here
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 online via credit card, by check, in cash, or by standing order with your bank. You can also 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 do I pay my pledge online?
You can pay your pledge online by credit card with periodic payments or a one-time payment. Click on the link below to set up payments.
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