Pledging FAQs

On Making A Financial Commitment to Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church:

We invite everyone to participate in making a financial commitment to Horizon each year, whether they are a member or a friend. More than 97% of Horizon's yearly operating budget comes from members' pledges, Sunday offerings and service auctions.

Your generous gift assures a bright future for Horizon and allows us to provide you with Sunday services, a dedicated church staff, great religious education classes, a clean, comfortable building and special experiences within our caring and vibrant community!

 

Why does the church ask members and friends to make pledges?

How do I get a pledge card?

When do I need to turn my pledge card in to the church office?

What if I need more time to think about my pledge?

What is the reason for asking people to pledge at the Guide to Commitment level?

Who sees my pledge card?

I lost my job and can’t afford to make a pledge this year. What should I do?

 

 

 

 

Q: Why does the church ask members and friends to make pledges?
A: Horizon asks members and friends to make financial pledges that support the church to operate over the next fiscal year. Your pledge will fund Horizon's programs, building and operating expenses and staff. We now run a "mini" Commitment Campaign each month to ask for pledges from 20 families for the next fiscal year. This is much easier than trying to collect 200 pledges at one time and spreads the work for our volunteers.

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Q: How do I get a pledge card?
A: A pledge card will come in the mail to you. Pledge cards and auto draft forms (to pay your pledge from your bank account) are on the church website.

Q: When do I need to turn my pledge card in to the church office?
A: We ask all our members to make their financial commitment by signing and turning in their pledge cards within two weeks of receiving it in the mail. A Commitment Campaign Captain will be assigned to you to help answer any of your questions.

 

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Q: What if I need more time to think about my pledge?
A: We’d like you to try to hand in your pledge within two weeks. Be reassured that a pledge is not a contract; it can be altered at a later time. If your financial situation is dire, the church will grant you a pledge waiver for one year. All you have to do is email the minister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you feel that you need a pledge waiver.

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Q: What is the reason for asking people to pledge at the Guide to Commitment level?
A: At Horizon, we ask everyone, even new members, to consider a gift at the Giving Guide level. You find the Guide in your New Member packet and on the Horizon website. If you cannot give at that level, we want you to consider working towards a pledge at the Guide level. All gifts are appreciated and make a difference! The Guide was designed by the Unitarian Universalist Association to help members make their gift.

 

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Q: Who sees my pledge card?
A: Only our Church Administrator, our Treasurer and our Accountant will see your pledge. Each of these people needs to see your pledge to be sure it is processed correctly.

Q: I lost my job and can’t afford to make a pledge this year. What should I do?
A: You are a valued member of Horizon regardless of your current circumstances. Please let us know if you feel you can’t make a pledge, or if you need to alter your pledge. And let us know also if you need help and support from your Horizon friends! To change a pledge, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be done.

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