Stewardship / Annual Pledging
Our Annual Pledge is a commitment to our Mission:
We come together to deepen our lives and be a force for healing in the world.
We need to do more than speak these words to make our Mission a reality.
This is why our Stewardship theme for 2018-2019 is
“Powering Our Commitment to Love, Justice, and Healing”.
Your pledge is vital to powering our mission. It provides the support to keep UUSS up and running, which allows our Congregation to be a force for healing in the world.
How the Budget Reflects
Our Mission and Values
75% of our operating budget comes from Annual Pledges. Additionally, we support both our national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and it’s Pacific Western Region affiliate (PWR-UUA) in their services to UU Congregations and “to promote a public voice for spiritual diversity, religious freedom, fairness and social justice”.
Your Annual Pledge is Vital to UUSS
Your Annual Pledge provides funding stability for UUSS. Pledging enables our staff and lay leaders to plan our operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Each year, the Board of Trustees proposes a new budget which takes into account our annual pledges and other sources of income, and our yearly operating costs. At our May Congregational Meeting, the Board presents the new budget to the Congregation. Members then consider, discuss, and vote to approve the final budget.
Making Your Annual Pledge
In deciding on your Annual Pledge, you make a personal decision. One which expresses your commitment to powering your ideals, your spirit of generosity, and your gratitude to those who gave in the past.
In making your pledge, consider what UUSS means to you and to our community and how you can make an impact with your generous support.
Please refer to our Giving Guides to help you plan your pledge. Briefly, UUA guidelines recommend a pledge of 3% to 10% of your yearly adjusted income.
We value all the members of this community and your pledge does not reflect your value to us. Our Congregation honors you and your pledge and welcomes both with gratitude.
Guide to Giving Monthly
Summary of 2017 – 2018 UUSS Pledges
Payments are Tracked and Confidential
Staff and lay leaders who manage UUSS finances keep all pledges confidential. Members and friends who make annual pledges and other donations receive quarterly updates. An annual summary of tax-deductible contributions is sent to each member making pledges or other donations.
Forms of Annual Pledge Payments
Many of us make a pledge commitment and pay it every month with a check or by automatic payments from our bank account. Making a monthly payment in this way saves UUSS both staff time and the cost of bank or credit card fees. Each Spring, we are asked to complete the annual pledge form during the annual Stewardship Month. If your financial circumstances change during the year, pledges can be modified by contacting our bookkeeper to raise, lower, or stop pledge payments.