Questions About Giving


Questions About Giving

What is the Annual Giving Campaign?

Holy Trinity’s Annual Giving Campaign supports the operating budget of our church. Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. 

What is the money used for?

The Annual Giving Campaign supports the day to day operating costs for our church. The money received funds the salaries and benefits for Holy Trinity’s clergy and employees. Other costs include building maintenance and utilities, insurance, operating expenses, food, pastoral outreach, worship, diocesan giving and the many ministries of our parish.

How much should I give?

The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth or our earnings to God (Numbers 18:16). There is no required amount to give and each gift is strictly confidential. Every gift is appreciated and important to the operating cost of our parish. 

What is proportional giving? 

Giving proportionately means offering a percentage of your income with the goal of the “tithe” - giving 10%. The stewardship journey, however, is different for every person and family. We all begin in different places and we all end up in different places. Proportional giving helps us understand where we are on the journey. If giving 10% seems daunting, consider starting with a pledge of just 1% or 2% of your income and each year prayerfully consider taking a “step up.”  

How long does the campaign last? When is my pledge due?

The campaign will kickoff on Sunday, October 13 2019. There will be pledge cards available at each service and each parish family will receive a pledge card in the mail. We will have an in-gathering on Sunday, November 24th…. There will be phone-a-thon following the in-gathering to follow up on any pledges not received.  We ask that all pledges are received by December 31, 2019.

How can I make my contribution?

There are several ways to give, so you can choose what works best for you!

  • You can place your completed pledge card and check in an envelope and place them in the offertory plate
  • You can make your contribution online, here
  • You may write a check and mail it to the church office
  • You can have a bank account or credit card drafted monthly or quarterly
  • You can also make your contribution via stock transfer or other investments
  • Many companies offer matching gifts for their employees, so you may also wish to consider arranging a company match of your pledge this year 

What is the annual operating budget?

The 2019 pledge goal was $1.9 million. This number will increase slightly for 2020 once the proposed budget is complete. Budget line items include outreach, building maintenance, worship costs, diocesan giving, salary and benefits, food, insurance and utilities. The budget is carefully planned and monitored.

Do I have to pay at the time I pledge?  Can I pay in installments?

You may pay your pledge when you make it or you can pay in monthly or quarterly installments.  Each quarter, you will receive a statement summarizing your gifts for the year.

Should I pledge even though I regularly put money in the offering plate?

Undesignated donations in the offering plates do help support the operating budget and ongoing life of the parish. However, pledges are very important because they enable us to plan responsibly and to establish a realistic budget for the coming year.

Can I change my pledge?

Yes.  You can change your pledge if your circumstances change. Simply contact The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace at 336 272-6149, ext 229 or email

Is my pledge confidential?

Pledges, whether received by mail, in person, or online, are confidential and seen only by Holy Trinity’s finance staff and the Rector. Holy Trinity publically thanks parishioners who make a pledge, but pledge amounts are never shared.

We are excited for our 2020 Annual Giving Campaign and the thoughtful, gracious giving that honors the gifts we receive from God.