Support Our Congregation
This year’s Pledge Drive will begin April 7th. Your timely pledge will help us plan our annual budget and sustain staff, building, and programs throughout the year. Make your pledge and learn about the 2019-2020 Pledge Drive and the third year of our Capital Campaign. Our collective financial support enables all the work of our church throughout the year.
Questions? Contact the office 541-752-5218.
The UUFC is sustained by pledges. Contributions are always welcome, but pledges help us plan our annual budget. Nearly 80% of UUFC annual revenues come from YOUR pledge dollars. Thank you!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLEDGE AND A CONTRIBUTION?
A pledge is a signed commitment of sustained financial support throughout the year for our shared work, 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 are both a spiritual practice and a way to support our thriving congregation by ensuring 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, and caring for members, friends, and others in times of need. 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.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLEDGE?
This is a question for each family or individual to make personally.
*Ask yourself what you most value about what we do here?
*Ask yourself what you dream of us doing in the future.
*Now, ask yourself how you can stretch to support this vision and our mission.
The UUA has developed a Fair Share Giving Guide (below) to encourage UU members to aspire toward proportional giving, 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. We therefore ask our members to consider pledging a percentage of their annual income. See the Pledging Worksheet for one approach to determining this.
FAIR SHARE GIVING GUIDE
MAKING YOUR PLEDGE
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 and friends of our Fellowship will be asked to make a new pledge for the next fiscal year.
For more information on planned giving, ways to give, and types of gifts, we invite you to review this informational brochure.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) for more information.