Stewardship Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pledge?
A pledge is the total or monthly donations that you intend to make for the operation of the church over the fiscal year. We recruit pledges during the Stewardship campaign so that the church can plan how much money is available to cover the operating expenses of the next year. Pledges are recruited on an annual basis during our Stewardship Campaign, which begins in March for the next fiscal year (August 1 – July 31).
A pledge can be made by any member or friend of the congregation, who wishes to support the church in a way which provides a consistent basis for financial planning.
What is a reasonable amount to pledge?
Check out the Fair Share Contribution Guide for suggested sustainable giving levels. To be a vibrant financially heathy church we need our visionary contributors. Every pledge is important and much appreciated.
When does my pledge come into effect?.
A pledge you make during the Stewardship Campaign comes into effect at the beginning of the church fiscal year. First UU of Winnipeg’s fiscal year is from July 1st to June 30th. Of course, you can begin pledging at any time in the calendar year by contacting Pamela Johnson in the Church Office or using the pledge form on our website.
How do I fulfill my pledge of financial commitment?
There are several ways to fulfill your pledge. The Church Office can set up a Direct Deposit with your bank, so that the monthly amount of your pledge is deposited to the Church’s account without your having to remember it every month. The finance committee strongly recommends everyone use direct deposit. You can also provide 12 post-dated cheques to the Church Office. or you can donate monthly, quarterly or in lump sums via the offering plate at a Sunday Service. If you honour your pledge by donating via the offering plate, please be sure that your cheque or envelope is clearly marked to indicate that your donation is towards your pledge.
Will I get a tax receipt?
Yes, the church issues tax receipts for all identified donations at the end of the calendar, not the fiscal, year.
Can I get some background on the proposed 2019/20 budget increases?
Absolutely. Here is background information on some of the projects the church looks forward to implementing in 2019/20.
Why make adjustments to ministerial and staff compensation packages?
The Unitarian Universalist Association notes that over time, most vibrant UU congregations see the wisdom of adopting fair compensation policies. Further, such practices contribute to the recruitment and retention of hard-working staff who advance congregational goals and Unitarian Universalism.
Over the past several years, the church has moved closer to honouring the recommended salaries detailed in the Canadian Unitarian Council’s policy on Church Staff Compensation. (If you decide to consult the guide, Winnipeg is located in Geo Index 3.) We believe fair compensation is one of the important ways we live out our 3rd Unitarian Universalist principle: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
The $10,000 increase in payroll covers:
- a 3.1% increase for the Minister, the Office Administrator and the Lifespan Faith Development Director (LFDD)
- an additional 5 hours per week for the LFDD Assistant plus a cost of living increase
And what about the mortgage payment increase?
The Capital Projects team hopes to complete three projects over the next few years: pave the parking lot, install an elevator/lift and replace the heating system. Completion of the projects will require that we raise $300,000. The Capital Projects team is hoping that half of this money will come from a special appeal to the congregation with the other $150,000 coming from an increase in the mortgage. This increase in the mortgage will cost $10,000/year for 20 years.
I still have more questions. Who can I ask?