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The Office of Congregational Stewardship Services has developed a new suggested fair-share giving guide (PDF). The new guide is an adaptation and expansion of a model used at the Henry David Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stafford, TX. The new guide replaces the 1997 version found in Fundraising with a Vision. As in the old guide, the financial commitment levels are still suggestions, but the new guide is different in several respects.
The new suggested fair-share giving guide reflects higher expectations. It suggests a minimum financial commitment of 2 percent of income for congregants earning up to $10,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the guide suggests a full tithe of 10 percent of income, regardless of a congregant’s income level.
There are four suggested fair share giving levels.
Supporter: The congregation is a significant part of your life and it promotes your spiritual growth. For example, if your income is $50,000, then your fair share financial commitment is $125 per month, $1,500 per year, representing 3 percent of your income.
Sustainer: The congregation is central to your identity, and you are committed to sustaining the programs and ministries of the church. Your fair-share financial commitment is $167 per month, $2,000 per year, representing 4 percent of your income.
Visionary: You are committed to both the present and future growth of the congregation. Your fair-share financial commitment is $208 per month, $2,500 per year, representing 5 percent of your income.
Full Tither: You designate 10 percent of your $50,000 income as a way of living out your spiritual principles. Your fair-share financial commitment is $417 per month, or $5,000 per year.
Just to be clear: We are not suggesting that we locate our income on the guide and dramatically increase our annual financial commitment during the next annual budget drive. We are suggesting that we make a commitment to move toward our suggested financial fair share. It might be a three-year process or even a five-year process for some of us, but we advocate moving toward a fair-share financial commitment in a steady, intentional way.
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Last updated on Thursday, July 14, 2011.
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