What is a pledge and why is it important?
Pledging is how we sustain the work of the church on an annual basis. Every year, we pledge together to care for our church and its programs and renew our commitment to First Universalist and the work we do outside our church. Your financial gift is crucial to our success as a religious community.
How do people decide how much to pledge?
There is not an expected or required amount for a pledge. We do have a Generosity Calculator tool to assist congregants in thinking through questions related to giving and pledging. You can also use these guidelines put out by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
How do I make a pledge?
There are three easy ways to make a pledge!
Pledge card: When pledge season kicks off, pledge packets will be handed out after Sunday services. Additional pledge packets will be available in the church office for pick up. You can fill out the pledge card included in the pledge packet and return the card to the office.
By phone: Call the church office at 612-825-1701 and we will happily take your pledge over the phone.
What is Pledge Day?
Pledge Day is an annual event when congregants are asked to bring their pledge in and celebrate supporting the church. The day-long celebration includes food, activities, and community. Everyone who gets their pledge in by Pledge Day will be entered to win prizes. This year, Pledge Day was Wednesday, March 9. For more information about Pledge Day 2016, click here.
How can I pay my pledge?
There are many options for making pledge payments.
Cash or check: Bring your contribution to church or mail it in. Just make sure you note that it’s a pledge contribution. We have envelopes in the sanctuary or front office you can use for recording cash pledge payments (these can also be used to attribute offering plate donations to you).
Online: You can use our system on MyFirstU to set up a recurring payment using a bank account or a credit/debit card. If you want to pay online, but do not want your contribution to be automatically withdrawn, see the next question. For further directions on how to use MyFirstU, click here.
Other methods: Less commonly used methods include donating stocks to the church and setting up an automatic bill pay through one’s bank.
I want to contribute online but I don’t want an automatic withdrawal every month. Can I do that?
Yes! You can use MyFirstU to set up one-time payments. Just log in whenever you want to make a payment and choose “One time” from the frequency drop-down menu. You will have to log in and schedule your one-time payments each time you want to give.
Does the church accept credit card payments?
We do accept major credit/debit cards including American Express. However, if it is possible for you to use a bank account rather than a credit card for scheduled contributions, that saves the church a considerable amount in credit card fees each year.
How can I see how much I’ve paid toward my pledge?
Every three months, the church mails quarterly pledge statements to all congregants with a pledge. This statement is meant to inform you where you are with your payments and to hopefully allow us to correct any discrepancies between our records and yours. These statements are not meant to be read as bills, because you are freely giving and do not owe the church. We know the formatting of these statements can be confusing, but this is how they are generated by our system. If you have questions about your statement, please contact Andrea Love at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 612-825-1701 x 100.
You can also view your pledge payments in MyFirstU at any time. From the home screen, go to the top left corner and hover your mouse over the “Home” button, then select “My Profile” from the drop-down menu. Then, click on the “My Giving History” to view your gift record. You can select whether or not you want to see your 10 most recent transactions, all gifts, or gifts within a date range.
When does the fiscal year begin and end?
Our fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
Who do I contact if I have questions or need to make changes to my pledge?
Please contact Andrea Love at email@example.com or via phone at 612-825-1701 x 100 with any questions or inquiries about pledging.