do we need a pledge drive anyway?
Pledges help us plan for and meet our annual expenditures. Pledge
and pledge fulfillment statistics are required on loan and grant
applications. Pledging can allow our small congregation to build a
fund for growth, such as paid staff or a building of our own.
much was donated last year?
Donations last year totaled about $12,500. Average family annual
contribution was about $500.
We had pledges from 22 families last year that ranged from $100 to
do we spend money? Currently
our annual rent is $9,000. We pay $500 in dues to the national UUA
and regional SWUUC, $1,000 for honoraria, and $1,200
much should I pledge? The
Ithaca NY UU Society pledge information states “Most Unitarian
Universalist congregations anticipate an average of 2 percent of the
income of its members, knowing that some people will give more than
2 percent of their income, and others will give less than 2
percent.” As we are a small congregation without a building
or paid staff, a smaller percentage is likely appropriate. Still,
you should consider your own financial situation and make your own
if my situation changes? Your
pledge is to help us plan and anticipate income. If your financial
situation changes during the year such that you will not be able to
meet your pledge, you may change your pledge.
should I meet my pledge?
There are several options. Some contribute weekly, and some monthly.
Paying by check to the UU
Fellowship of Lafayette is easy
to track for income tax purposes. You can put your pledge in the
plate during the service, or mail it to our post office box. Some
use their bank’s on-line bill pay service to send checks to
the post office box. Also, you can make a recurrent payment through
PayPal on our web site
Universalist Fellowship of Lafayette
donate, as you are able, your time
and your treasure
to support our fellowship.