Why are annual pledges important? Annual pledges fund Holy Trinity’s operation and many ministries. More than 90 percent of the operating budget comes from pledges. The staff and the Business and Finance Commission formulate (and the Vestry approves) the annual budget based on written pledges. Those pledges give staff an idea of income for the next year.
What is the annual operating budget? The 2018 operating budget is $1.9 million. 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.
Why should I pledge when 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.
Are there giving guides? Tithing – giving 10 percent of household income – is the Biblical benchmark for giving. Holy Trinity encourages parishioners to pledge a percentage of income (at whatever level they are comfortable) as a means of giving back a portion of all that God has so generously given to us. Proportional giving charts to help you determine your pledge amount are available here.
How do I make a pledge? The annual pledge campaign, called the Every Member Canvass, begins in October. We ask parishioners to pledge by Thanksgiving so that the staff can complete a budget for the following calendar year. However, pledges are accepted at any time and can be made online here.
Who can pledge? Anyone can pledge. At Holy Trinity, we consider everyone who worships with us or participates in our ministries a member of our parish family.
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.
How can I pay my annual pledge? There are multiple ways to pay your pledge. You may write checks or have your bank account or credit card drafted monthly or quarterly. You may also make payments with stock or other investments.
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. A pledge made during the fall Every Member Canvass supports the Parish January through December of the following year. Each quarter, you will receive a statement summarizing your gifts for the year.
I’m not sure what I can afford this year. How can I pledge? A pledge can be adjusted throughout the year if your circumstances change. We suggest that you pledge responsibly, based on your estimate of the next year’s income. A pledge can be increased or decreased if your circumstances change.
Can I change my pledge? Yes. You can change your pledge if your circumstances change. Simply call Allison Cochran, Stewardship and Planned Giving Coordinator, 336-272-6149 or email .
If I have questions about my pledge, who do I contact? Questions regarding pledges should be directed to Allison Cochran, Stewardship and Planned Giving Coordinator, 336-272-6149 or email .