2017-2018 Pledge Drive
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Pledge? What are the benefits?
These donations preserve the education, worship , pastoral and social programs of First Parish church.
Pledges give First Parish visibility into the full year cash flow allowing us to better plan, budget, and anticipate any shortfalls.
Pledging makes it easier for you to meet your planned donations to the church within your annual household budget.
What is the Pledge program?
The pledge program simplifies how donations to the church are given and tracked. You start by “pledging” an amount to donate over the course of the next fiscal year at intervals convenient to you (weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.) The pledge you make now will apply to the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017.
Where does Pledge money go?
Pledge donations are used as part of the “general fund” to pay ongoing expenses necessary to maintain the church and property such as staff salaries, utilities, insurance, and church programs. The church regularly reports expenses to members of the congregation in the monthly newsletter.
How does it work?
Make a commitment to donate by filling out a pledge form either on paper, online through the link above, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the course of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) contribute to you annual pledge through weekly, monthly, or quarterly donations. Weekly giving envelopes are available by contacting the church office.
What are the goals for 2017-2018?
It costs about $400,000 per year to support the operations and maintenance of our church and property. We carefully manage the budget to ensure that every dollar is used to its fullest potential. Our goal is to meet our operating expenses for this year without deficit.
What about privacy? What I donate is personal…
When you make a pledge to First Parish Church, the information is kept confidential within our church records system.
I don’t know what the future holds and I don’t want to be “obligated” to make a donation in case I have a family emergency…
First Parish Church welcomes your donations any time or way you like. Every contribution is meaningful and appreciated. A pledge is simply your goal or commitment to support the church stated in advance. You can change your pledge amount at any time. There is no penalty if you are unable to meet your pledge.
The goal of the stewardship drive is to give the church a “heads up” on the amount you are planning to donate so we can plan accordingly. It is also an opportunity for you to consider how the church fits into your annual household budget.
We hope you will consider making a pledge this year. Feel free to call the church office with any questions or concerns or for more information.