2017 Pledged Giving FAQ

Why Pledge?

Pledging…

  • commits us to building God’s kingdom on earth through the mission and ministry of Saint James’
  • allows the vestry to budget responsibly
  • helps determine our priorities in life when we first pledge a proportion of our income to the Church and then create our household budget
  • can be an act of sacrificial love

2017 PLEDGES – LEVELS OF GIVING

Levels of Giving

# of Pledges

$ Amount of

Pledges

$ Amount of Pledges

as a % of Total $ Pledged (rounded)

$0-999

31

$15,768

3%

$1000-1999

43

$56,447

12%

$2000-2999

31

$74,231

16%

$3000-3999

18

$59,932

13%

$4000-4999

5

$20,320

4%

$5000-5999

13

$68,787

15%

$6000-6999

5

$30,981

7%

$7000-7999

1

$7,100

2%

$8000-8999

5

$41,940

9%

$9000-9999

4

$37,371

8%

$10,000+

4

$50,437

11%

TOTALS

160

$463,314

100%

Details about Pledging

Question: What are the different ways to pay my pledge?

Answer: You can pay your pledge by putting checks in the collection plate on Sunday. Pledge envelopes are available, and you can request those when you fill out your pledge card. You may also mail checks to the church to the attention of Laura Cline. If you’d like to pay electronically, go on our website, click “Give,” and then “eGive” in the drop-down menu. If you need any help with e-giving, Laura Cline, our parish accountant, will help you set it up.

Question: Can I give stocks or other financial instruments?

Answer: Yes, this may be a way to avoid capital gains. Check with your tax advisor.

Question: Are my donations tax deductible?

Answer: Yes, they are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You will receive a statement in the first quarter of the year that details all the donations you made to the church in the previous year.

Question: What if I am unable to fulfill my pledge or wish to give more?

Answer: A pledge is your faithful response to God; it is not a binding contract. If circumstances change in your life, you may adjust it up or down during the year simply by contacting Laura. No questions asked.

If you have any other questions about your individual pledge, please contact Laura directly.