Pledge Drive FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Pledge Drive?
First Parish’s annual operating budget is primarily funded by the Annual Pledge drive. When all First Parish members and friends make a commitment to the church during the Pledge Drive, we are able to expand our worship and music experiences on Sundays year-round, deepen pastoral care, enhance children and adult religious education programming, and increase the impact of our community outreach.
How and when do I pledge?
In mid February, all households will receive an email with information about the campaign this year. Information is also available through our newsletters and social media platforms. Please use our online form to pledge on-line!
Do I have to be a member of First Parish to pledge?
No. We welcome pledges from non-members and also are delighted to receive donations at anytime through our Donate page. Feel free to add the note “Pledge campaign”.
How much should I pledge?
The amount you pledge of course depends on your household’s financial situation. Following guidelines for churches like ours, we encourage first-time donors to pledge at least $1,000 and all active and committed donors to pledge at least $3,000, moderated by financial situation. Here are UUA Guidelines for estimating contributions.
When do I fulfill my pledge?
Pledges made in February or March 2021 should be paid during the 2021/2022 church year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022). Donations of stock can be used and automatic payments from your financial institution can be accepted by contacting the church office for more information.
Why should I pledge if I already give through the offering plate?
Contributions in the offering plate are of course welcome, but pledges are necessary so we can estimate our income and develop a budget for the upcoming church year.
I hear there’s Capital Campaign planned. Should I put my pledge to that instead of the Annual Pledge Drive?
No. The Pledge Drive supports the annual operating budget of the church and needs to be sustained to do the work of First Parish. If you feel you must choose between contributing to the Capital Campaign and the Pledge Drive, the Board would prefer you put a priority on the pledge Drive.
How can I get more information?