JOIN US IN THIS PERIOD OF DISCERNMENT
Over the next five weeks, from February 12 – March 19, we invite you to engage in the process of discernment regarding your pledge for the annual budget, as well as our special capital campaign pledge, given over three years. During this period, we ask that you think about Our Shared Future and the need for our ideals and this community in today’s world. You’ll find a copy here of daily meditations to follow along with during this period of discernment. You can also pick up a hard copy at the Fellowship.
We believe in the ancient spiritual practice of giving, one that deepens and strengthens the soul. Members of this Fellowship who give generously—to this Fellowship and elsewhere—tell of the joy and empowerment they feel when they live out of a sense of abundance. Our faith calls us to welcome the stranger at the door, to share our resources with others in need, and to care for our planet, and we can do these things through our annual pledges.
This Fellowship, like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, is self-sustaining. Our primary source of financial support comes from members and friends who value the vital role that the Fellowship plays in our lives, the lives of our children, and the larger community and world. We receive no outside financial support. To sustain this community, we contribute both our talents and treasures, not just for ourselves in our time, but for our children, our grandchildren, and the future. Your pledges (and contributions) are essential toward that goal.
What’s the difference between a pledge and a contribution? A pledge is a signed commitment of sustained support throughout the year, around which the Fellowship builds its budget and programs. We depend upon your pledges for the continued health and well-being of our congregation. Your pledges ensure continued powerful ministries, inspiring worship, high-quality religious exploration programs for all ages, and equitable staff compensation. Your pledges also help us fulfill our commitments to social and environmental justice; caring for members, friends, and others in times of need; and healing the world. During the Annual Pledge Drive each spring, UUFC members are asked to pledge their financial support for this Fellowship to continue its good work.
On the other hand, a contribution is a gift that is appreciated and valued, but it is not something the Fellowship can count on into the future. We gratefully receive contributions to our general operating fund, building fund, endowment fund, or our monthly charity. Contributions may be mailed to the Fellowship or put into the Sunday collection basket. Make your check payable to UUFC and indicate if it is for the operating fund or another fund.
MAKING YOUR PLEDGE FOR THIS YEAR
Here’s How to Pledge.
This year, we are asking everyone to turn in a pledge card at the Fellowship on March 19. It will be a celebration of what we can accomplish together!
How to Fulfill Your Pledge. You can pay your pledge as a lump sum or in monthly installments, by check or automatic deduction. If you pay by check, note “pledge” in the memo line to ensure your funds are properly allocated. Checks can be placed in the collection plate or the wall-mounted wooden box outside the sanctuary. To use automatic electronic deductions, please talk to Jean Gilbert, our business manager, to get the online giving form to set up the amount and frequency of payments toward your pledge. Automatic deductions work best with a checking account or savings account, but for an additional fee to the Fellowship, can also be done with a credit card or debit card.
How much should I pledge? The current minimum pledge required for membership is $135 annually, which only pays for our annual per-person dues obligation to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Pacific Northwest District. A minimum pledge does not support the operations of our own congregation.
We therefore ask our members to consider pledging a percentage of their annual income. See the Pledging Worksheet for one approach to determining this. The UUA has developed a Fair Share Giving Guide (below), with 2% of one’s annual income considered the minimum for “fair share” giving. This is simply a guide – some of our members pledge at higher levels and others at lower levels, based on their capability.
Members renew their pledges annually. When a new member joins the Fellowship, he or she agrees, as a condition of membership, to make a commitment to support the annual operating fund. The pledge you make upon joining is for the remainder of the current fiscal year (ending June 30). Then, each year during our Annual Pledge Drive, all of the members of our congregation will be asked to make a new pledge for the next fiscal year.
FAIR SHARE GIVING GUIDE
GIFTS OF STOCKS TO THE UUFC ENDOWMENT FUND
If you have appreciated stock in a corporation, you can give it directly to the Fellowship at market value and avoid the capital gains tax. The method for doing this efficiently varies with the stock and whether you have the certificate. Contact the UUFC office at 541-752-5218 and ask to be put in touch with the Business Manager for more information.
INCLUDING THE UUFC IN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING
Many members choose to include the UUFC as a beneficiary of their estates. Contact the UUFC office at 541-752-5218 and ask to be put in touch with the Business Manager for more information.