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).

Who pledges?

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.

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 you bank, so that the monthly amount of your pledge is deposited to the Church’s account without your having to remember it every month. You can 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 2018/19 budget increases?

Absolutely. There is some information about the budget on the website under the heading “How are we planning to spending our Money?” As well there will be two town hall meetings after church: one on March 18 and the other on March 25, where any questions you have about the proposed budget can be answered.