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The President's Perspective -- November, 2016

alt Dear Members,

As you know, each year the Fellowship conducts a Stewardship Drive (aka “the Pledge Drive”, or “the Annual Canvass” among others). Last year, the Stewardship Drive was a resounding success, and we received almost $20,000 more in member pledges for this fiscal year than we did for the previous fiscal year. (Once again, thank you all for your generous pledges!)

Despite the upswing in overall income, and just like any small business, sometimes the problem isn’t how much money you take in over the course of year, it’s when the funds arrive that makes all the difference in how easy it is to keep simple things like paying our bills and staff running smoothly. Let me be clear here – the Fellowship is in no immediate financial distress. We have reserve funds available, and pledging so far this year has been pretty much on pace with pledging from last year. But here’s the rub: As a group, UUFG members tend to pay more of their annual pledges later in the church fiscal year (which runs from July 1st-June 30th). This pattern of pledge payment can cause short-term cash flow problems that could be easily avoided – if members simply paid their pledges a bit more regularly throughout the year.

So, I hear you asking “What’s the easiest way for me to get on a regular pledge payment schedule?” For my money (get it?), I think our online payment system via VANCO is the easiest way to pay your pledge. It takes about 10 minutes on the VANCO website to set yourself up to make regular, automatic pledge payments to UUFG. I use this method myself, and love it – you set it up for the year to make payments on the regular schedule of your choice, and then you don’t have to think about it again until you increase your pledge for the next fiscal year.

You can also check your pledge records on the VANCO website whenever you like. You can get rolling with VANCO by going to the www.uufg.org website. Once there, click on “Give” and then “Donate”. (Or, click HERE) On the page that pops up, about halfway down on the left side, there’s a button called “Donate”. When you click on the “Donate” button, you will be taken to the VANCO website, where you can enroll in the payment process. (Once you have accessed the VANCO UUFG webpage, click the “Create Profile” button first to start the payment setup process. You’ll need to supply information about yourself, your bank account, your email address, and so forth. If you have your checkbook at hand when you access the website, you should have all the information you need to get enrolled with VANCO.)

If an online payment system isn’t your cup of tea, then you can still pay regularly by check or cash. (Please be sure to make a note on the memo field that the check if for your annual pledge, and note your name and write annual pledge on your cash envelope.)

In Fellowship,

Pete Runyan
Congregation President

 
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