What’s it all about?
At St. Paul’s, we know that financial stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God from that which God has given us is a tangible way to express our faith. When each of us gives as we are able, together we fund ministry within our parish, to the East Bay community, and the world.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is an estimate of your plan for financial giving to St. Paul’s for calendar year 2023; some call it a statement of intent.
Why should I pledge?
Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use of our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While plate offerings are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
How do I make a pledge?
You may pledge at any time by completing a pledge card and returning it by mail or in person to the church. You may also make your pledge online by clicking the “GIVE” button on this page. Pledge cards were mailed in October, are available in the narthex, from the church office, or downloadable here.
How do I pay my pledge?
You may pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly via cash, check, electronic fund transfer from your bank account, credit card, or your Paypal account. You may also pay your pledge via stock donations, through a donor advised fund, or from your IRA (Qualified Charitable Contribution) if you are over 70 years of age. Please reach out to the office for more information, (510) 834-4314. Many companies will match donations for charitable contributions, please let us know if your company will match funds to St. Paul’s.
Is my pledge confidential?
The stewardship team will know if you pledged, so they can thank you. The amount of your pledge is known only to our bookkeeper.
What is the tithe?
Tithing is the biblical practice of giving 10% of one’s annual income away. The church recognizes the tithe as the biblical standard for giving and upholds this as a standard for Episcopalians to work towards. It is not a rule or mandate, and no one will ask for your tax returns!
We are in challenging financial times, and we recognize the impact this may have on your giving. We are grateful for each gift. We ask that you commit to a pledge of financial support to St. Paul’s in the context of your overall budget and in gratitude for the blessings you have received. The practice and discipline of regular giving is more important than the amount itself. All gifts, regardless of their size, make an impact on our church community and our broader community.
What if my financial situation changes and I am not able to fulfill my pledge?
We completely understand if you need to adjust your pledge. Please let our bookkeeper know, at email@example.com.
HOW TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO ST. PAUL'S
If you did not receive a Pledge Card in the mail, download it NOW or get one in the narthex.
Learn more about how we allocate our resources.
Mail your completed pledge card to
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
- Qualified Charitable Distributions from your IRA
- From your Donor Advised Fund
- Gifts of securities
For these options, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MATCHING GIFTS FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
St Paul’s is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Contact your employer to see if St. Paul’s is eligible to receive a matching gift, then contact
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