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 (July 1 – June 30).

 

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 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.  Payments can also be made by email to office@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca be sure to identify yourself in the email or the money will not be credited to you.  

 

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.  The government generously returns 44% of your donation to you as a tax credit.

 

Can I get some background on the proposed 2020/21 budget increases?

Absolutely. Here is background information on some of the projects the church looks forward to implementing in 2020/21.

 

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 $7,000 increase in payroll ensures that our employees are paid in accordance with CUC Salary Recommendations.  Last year we were not able to completely reach the recommended levels, but we are hoping to this year. 

 

And what about the mortgage payment increase?  

Early in 2018, the Capital Projects Team called for tenders for installing lighting and paving of the parking lot.  The lighting was installed in the summer of 2018 and the goal is to complete the paving in the summer of 2020. The heating system in our 1910 house needed replacement urgently and that work was done in 2019, leaving paving of the parking lot until this coming summer.  The additional cost to the mortgage payments is estimated to be $8,000 for the city-mandated paving of the lot. Some of the paving cost has been raised by the Capital Campaign in 2019, but the balance will be added to the mortgage. The mortgage payment increase reflects the interest on the added mortgage principal.   

  

I still have more questions. Who can I ask?

No problem. Please approach any member of the 2020/21 Pledge Team, or email us at pledgeteam@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca.