Our Pledge Drive for 2017 is currently in progress. For more information please see our 2017 Canvass Brochure.
UUCPA is a free church. We fund ourselves.
About 75% of the church’s income is from generous pledges of financial support by our Members and Friends. UUCPA also receives funds from Sunday offerings, fundraising activities (e.g., book sales) and events (e.g., our annual Auction), special gifts, and facility rentals.
It costs more than $730,000 to operate UUCPA each year. That includes everything the congregation holds dear, like our religious education programs across the lifespan, Sunday services and music, and community actions and outreach.
A pledge is a promise we make to each other
Pledges by Members and Friends enable UUCPA to plan for the year and adopt a balanced budget. And payment of these pledges during the year provides the major ongoing source of income to hire staff and offer programs.
Learn how to pledge
To pledge, follow these three steps:
Determine your pledge.
Giving deepens our commitment to each other and strengthens us as individuals. But how much should you pledge to support UUCPA financially? Below are three ways of thinking about your pledge. Find a quiet time and space, look at the guidelines and your household, and sit and let the decision on what to pledge emerge. You will find an amount that is right for you and for UUCPA. And UUCPA will be grateful.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of which UUCPA is a part supports the “liberal tithe.” This means giving 10% of your income to charitable causes, with half of that given to UUCPA. (If you are retired, these percentages are based on your spending, not your income.)
Also, take a look at the UUA’s Suggested Fair Share Giving guide, which suggests donation levels based on your income and involvement in the church. The guide has suggestions for how to calculate your available income, too.
Increasing your pledge
Consider increasing your pledge from last year, if you are able.
- If your pledge is lower than the median gift—about $2,400—try to move toward that number. A broad base of significant givers makes UUCPA stronger.
- If your pledge has been above average—some are $10,000 or more—try to increase it by 10%.
Increasing your pledge helps UUCPA keep up with costs that are beyond our control, such as insurance. And we want to be sure our employees keep up with inflation, at a minimum, and do better than that as they grow in experience and accomplishment. And there are good programs we would like to start or expand.
Sharing the wealth
- You can donate stock to fund your pledge. UUCPA will sell the stock upon receipt and reinvest the proceeds, using the Carbon Tracking Initiative to reduce our investment in fossil fuel companies. Read the special instructions here.
Make your pledge.
To make your financial commitment to UUCPA, fill out and return a pledge form.You can get a pledge form at any time during the year from the church office. During UUCPA’s annual Canvass (or pledge drive), a pledge form is included in your packet, along with your canvass letter and other helpful information.Please return your pledge form to the church office, or mail it to:
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
You can also email your commitment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulfill your pledge.
You should fulfill your annual pledge to UUCPA by the end of the fiscal year, April 30. You can choose your schedule for doing so, but keep in mind that early and steady payments keep UUCPA’s operating fund healthy.
To fulfill your pledge to UUCPA, you can make weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual payments, donate securities; or do both.
You can make payments:
- Via paypal or through your bank’s bill-pay system
- Via check
- Either mail it to UUCPA or place a check in the offering basket on Sunday.
All payments should include the word “pledge” in the check memo line. (Unmarked payments and cash donations on Sundays are considered gifts to the general Operating Fund.)
If you decide to fulfill part or all of your pledge by donating securities, please read the special instructions for doing so.
Pledge statements showing your outstanding balance are sent to you several times a year. For tax purposes, an end–of–calendar–year statement is sent to you with information on pledge payments and other donations.