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).
Pledges allow the financial team to set a realistic budget, knowing how much money members and friends will be donating over the fiscal year. As we have to plan the budget to be accepted by the congregation members in June, we pledge in the spring for the next fiscal year.
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 using the pledge form on our website.
Do I need to pledge every year?
If you pledge via direct deposit and you don’t make a change to your pledge, the previous pledge amount will continue to be directly transferred from you to the church, on the same schedule. However, this can cause some confusion for the pledge team about whether you mean to continue your pledge or not. It’s best to fill out the form, check the box that says “I do not want to enroll in or change my direct deposit” and submit so we know you’re informed.
How do I fulfill my pledge of financial commitment?
There are several ways to fulfill your pledge. The church 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 you having to remember it every month. The pledge form includes places to put in your direct deposit information.
You can also provide 12 post-dated cheques to the church office, or you can donate monthly, quarterly or in lump sums. Payments can be made by email or electronic funds transfer to email@example.com. Be sure to identify yourself in the email or the money will not be credited to you.
When we are able to meet in person again, if you choose to 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. The government generously returns 44% of your donation to you as a tax credit.
I still have more questions. Who can I ask?
No problem. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.