A pledge is a promise to donate a certain amount of money to UUCPA during its fiscal year. Our community thrives because members and friends promise their time, talents, and financial support.
The UUCPA fiscal year begins on May 1 and ends on April 30 the following year. (For example, FY15 begins 5/1/2014 and ends on 4/30/2015. The fiscal year begins after each year’s Canvass is completed and we have a new, approved budget.
The Canvass is our annual pledge drive, and is used to determine our budget for the coming year.
From a financial perspective, we pledge because:
And sustaining UUCPA financially is important to us because:
No. Anyone can make an annual pledge to UUCPA — Member, Friend or Visitor. If you enjoy this campus and its offerings, please help support our ability to continue to provide them.
Everyone is welcome to attend services at UUCPA, with no financial obligation, regardless of whether you are formally a Member of a Friend.
However, we believe that financial support is one of the responsibilities of membership and friendship, and we strongly encourage Members and Friends to pledge consistent with their individual circumstances.
In addition, a contribution of record is a requirement for voting membership.
Pledge payments support the yearly operation of UUCPA. They pay for the programs and work of the church, including worship and music, children’s and adult religious education, pastoral care, our social justice projects, and new ministries. Pledge income helps pay the salaries of the ministers and staff and for the operation and maintenance of our facilities.
Thus, your pledge helps UUCPA:
No. Pledge payments go into UUCPA’s general annual Operating Fund to fulfill already–committed operating expenses for the current year.
Please read Determine Your Pledge for helpful guidance.
No. But as soon as you become a member, UUCPA pays over $150 annually in dues to related associations that support our ministry and social justice efforts. Thus, if you become a member and pledge less than $150, your membership actually costs UUCPA money, without helping fund any services you enjoy.
Your pledge to UUCPA is not legally binding, and you won’t be held to it. But please let us know if you need to make a change. To do so, complete and return another pledge form; your old pledge will automatically be replaced with the new one. And just as importantly, please let us know if the Ministers or anyone at UUCPA can help.
Pledge payments are charitable contributions; as such, they are deductible to the full extent of the law. For your tax records, statements are sent out just after the end of the calendar year, with information on your pledges and any other gifts that you made during that year.
Checks dropped in the basket are tax deductible, as is cash in an envelope with your name on it. If you want to make a significant cash contribution, please make it in the church office, and be sure to obtain a written receipt showing the date and the amount of the contribution.
The steps are described on the Make Your Pledge page.
The steps are described on the Fulfill Your Pledge page. Be sure to note the instructions regarding how to mark the memo field when putting checks in the collection basket.
Yes. Please read the special instructions here.