Pledges from Members and Friends

Pledged donations are the primary funding source that pays for our worship services, religious education classes, instrumental and choral music program, and most of the other programs we offer. Since we do not keep our weekly offerings to operate our church, anyone visiting our church may want to become a pledging friend or explore the “Path to Membership.” Pledges are for one year, usually beginning July 1 of each year, but for new pledgers they are for the remaining months until July 1. Pledged amounts remain in effect until you change or terminate them, which can be done at any time.

We ask members and pledging friends to consider increasing their pledges incrementally each year, but are aware that this is not possible for everyone. Many people believe that generosity, like compassion, is one of their fundamental values. Here are some the basics of thinking about and managing one’s pledges:

  • For help in determining how much you might want to pledge, the UUA Fair Share Giving Guide can be accessed at: http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/fair_share_contribution_guide.pdf
  • Pledge payments can be made via cash in a marked envelope, checks with “pledge” written in the memo line, or by automatic payments initiated by you through your bank’s bill paying program, or by contacting davidpaseo@verizon.net (David Smith) or at: http://www.uuventura.org/giving-online/
  • Pledge payments can also be made with direct payments from your IRA custodian or by donating securities such as stocks and mutual funds to the church’s brokerage account. For more information, contact davidpaseo@verizon.net (David Smith)
  • You can name UUCV as one of the beneficiaries of your trust or will. For more information, you can contact your estate planning attorney. The wording for inclusion in your or will or trust should be, “Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura.”

We build on foundations we did not lay.
We warm ourselves at fires we did not light.
We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant.
We drink from wells we did not dig.
We profit from persons we did not know.
We are ever bound in community.

-Deuteronomy 6:10-12, adapted by UU minister Rev. Dr. Peter S. Raible (1929-2004)