“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet & Unitarian
Building up a World
“We are the light of the world! A bold statement for a challenging time. Never have our UU principles been more important. Never has a well-run, well-funded UU congregation been better poised to make a difference. Together we can make sure our light shines bright in Wilmington and beyond.” – Reverend Roberta Finkelstein, Developmental Minister
Where does our money come from?
First Unitarian Church is supported in large part by our members and contributing friends; your contributions pay for 84% of our budget. Nearly 75% of your contributions are through your annual pledges. Whether your gift is $5.00 or $500,000.00, you are directly affecting how many people we will be able to help in the coming months and years. Each year in late winter, we ask our members and friends to indicate their financial commitment, or pledge, for the upcoming year. This allows us to budget and plan for the next year, including staffing. If you were not able to make your pledge during the pledge drive, you can do so, here.
Where does our money go?
The funds raised by First Unitarian Church are spent on five major areas:
- Worship and Music
- Lifespan Religious Education
- Outreach and Social Justice
- Fellowship and Pastoral Care
- Growth of Unitarian Universalism (including our support of the Unitarian Universalist Association).
You must be a member with a contribution of record to be able to vote at our Annual Meeting in May.
Suggested Fair Share Giving Guide from the Unitarian Universalist Association illustrates suggested expectations for giving based on income.
Thank you for your generous support of First Unitarian Church!
Ways to Give
If you’d like to set up automatic payments, you can do that on our Electronic Giving Web Page and use your bank account or credit card to pay your pledge. If you prefer, you can print a paper form, here, or pick one up in the church office. You can also set up pledge payments using your own bank’s online system (and that will save the church from paying processing fees).
Checks and Cash
You can also, of course, drop checks or cash in the basket on Sundays; if you do, please use the envelopes in the pews so that we can credit your gifts to your account.
Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.