One requirement of membership at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is to make a contribution of record and an annual pledge.
What is a pledge? It is a promise to give a certain amount of money to SUUS for the upcoming fiscal year.
Do I need to be a member to make a financial commitment? Anyone can give to SUUS, member or not. Those who pledge but have not yet chosen to become members are known as Friends.
Are monetary gifts to the church tax-deductible? All pledge payments and donations to SUUS are tax-deductible for the calendar year in which they are made.
Can I change my financial commitment? We understand that circumstances can change. If they do, please contact the office to talk to our minister or our treasurer.
What about non-cash gifts? You can donate stock or other securities and retirement distributions directly to SUUS. There are certain tax advantages for doing so. Please contact the Finance Chair or Treasurer for more information.
How Is Money Raised?
During our Pledge Drive each spring all congregants (members and friends) are asked to renew their financial pledge for the upcoming fiscal year. New members and friends may make a pledge at any time. Most of the congregation’s income comes from these pledges, with the rest coming from fundraisers and rental income.
Where Does the Money Go? The money given pays for the upkeep of our building and grounds, provides salary and benefits to our minister and staff, and allows us to provide programming for children and adults. Pledge Income allows us to pay our dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association and the New England Region. It allows us to serve the community and take care of each other. It allows us to live into our mission and to keep our Unitarian Universalist faith alive.
How much should I give? We are asking people to look at their resources and see if they can step up to a new level. SUUS needs to increase its pledging in order to continue our commitment to full-time ministry. Every individual and family needs are unique, but we hope that by giving generously, you will become more committed to our spiritual community. Some members choose to give 10% or 5% of their income as a part of their spiritual practice.