Annual Pledge Campaign
Unitarian Universalist congregations are fully self-supporting. Members of the congregation make all decisions about the congregation, independent from a church hierarchy. Members and committed friends raise all funds for the operating budget, and ministries and programs of the congregation.
Each year the congregation asks members, committed friends, and others to make a financial pledge, which will then be fulfilled throughout the following year. At UUCLV we encourage a 3-5% of income level pledge, while recognizing that everyone’s financial situation is different. This congregation is unique in that we have nearly 100% participation in the pledge campaign, including a handful or so of waiver requests.
Pledging not only provides for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline. Many Unitarian Universalists aim for a modern tithe—that is, giving 5 percent of income to the congregation, and another 5 percent to other organizations and causes that represent their values.