Come to the Table: Invest in our Church
Then people will come from the east and west, from the north and south, and feast in the kingdom of God.
Every Gift Matters
Members and friends support UCCH with monthly gifts of $10, $100, and $1000 (and above, below, and in-between). We value every gift as a genuine act of sharing valuable resources that could be spent in other ways. We appreciate every member and family who participates in stewardship of the church.
Campaign Pledge Goal: $910,000
Your pledge for 2023 will make a critical difference in our ministries of worship, faith formation, social justice, and community building. As we prepare for the year ahead, the church is facing increased costs. To keep our staff salaries competitive in this inflationary environment, we made an 8% cost of living adjustment in 2022, and we have realized predicted increases in insurance coverage. Another reality we face is that federal funds through the Paycheck Protection Program factored into our budgets in recent years are no longer available, meaning that in 2023 the congregation will need to cover this portion of our budget.
Our goal for the 2023 stewardship campaign is $910,000, a $50,000 increase from last year’s pledge budget, which represents the PPP funds we have counted on in the last two budget years. We believe that we can achieve this goal if everyone in our community responds to this invitation to Come to the Table. Our hope for this year’s stewardship campaign is to engage everyone in our congregation, including folks who are new to our community or have not made a pledge before. Pledging is a very important form of support for the church because it is the congregation’s main source of funding. A pledge tells us that we can count on your gift in the year ahead, which provides us with the assurances we need to plan ministries in advance.
- If you have never before made a pledge to United Church of Chapel Hill, please consider supporting our ministry with a promise to participate financially in the year ahead. Please complete a pledge card or pledge online so that we can count on your support.
- If you have pledged to United Church in the past, please consider increasing your pledge by 10% for the year ahead. Your faithful attention to the church’s needs will help us to continue making a wide invitation to God’s people to worship and grow with us.
There are many ways to give to United Church of Chapel Hill:
Make a pledge here use the online pledge form or printable pledge form (PDF)
Bank Draft Authorization form (PDF) print, complete the questions, and mail or drop it by church office
Online Giving Make a one-time or monthly/weekly/quarterly automated gift with checking, savings, debit or credit card online giving
Note: small bank transaction fees are paid by the church (you may choose to cover this fee when you give).
Check/Cash deliver to church office or mail to United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Offering Plate checks or cash are always appreciated during the Offertory on Sundays
Other Gifts stocks, mutual funds, qualified charitable distributions/RMDs (QCDs), and legacy gifts are gratefully accepted. See details below. UCCH cannot provide legal or financial advice. We recommend that you notify the business office about these types of gifts so that they can be properly acknowledged.
*At UCCH, we believe giving responsibly is from abundance and not through debt. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12
About Other Gifts
Stock and Mutual Fund Gifts
Thank you for considering a gift of stock to United Church. If you are planning on donating stocks, you will need to give some information to your broker including UCCH’s Broker, account number, depository trust number and phone number (please contact our Business Manager, Duane Gilbert, for this information).
The broker does not provide the donor name or identity to United Church when stocks are transferred.
To make sure your contribution is correctly recorded please notify UCCH Business Manager to identify which stock and an estimate of the date that any stock is to be transferred. We will then monitor for completion of the transaction, since, per UCCH Policy, a sell order must be put in as soon as we are aware that any stock contribution has cleared our account. Any other questions, please contact Duane at Dgilbert@unitedchurch.org
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) (RMDs)
If you own IRAs, you are required to make withdrawals at age 70 ½. When planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you may want to consider making charitable donations using the withdrawals.
A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for those 70 ½ years or older in the year, as long as certain rules are met.
In addition to the benefits of giving to charity, a QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. Keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits and deductions, including Social Security and Medicare.
Also, QCDs don’t require that you itemize, which due to the recent tax law changes, means you may decide to take advantage of the higher standard deduction, but still use a QCD for charitable giving.
You will need to arrange the direct transfer with the manager of your IRA. UCCH can provide a sample form letter.
Are there other ways to support United Church of Chapel Hill? Yes! The Church relies on the generosity and time and talents of our friends and members. Our volunteers are active in many ways, everything from painting the hallways, ushering during worship, leading children, youth and young adult activities, convening book groups, singing and playing music in worship, participating in boards and committees, weeding and mulching, and other roles large and small. Volunteer your time and talents on your pledge form.
Pledge and donation FAQs
What is the Stewardship Campaign? The Stewardship Campaign is our fall drive to invite friends and members to support the missions and ministries of United Church of Chapel Hill. Members and friends make a voluntary financial commitment for the following year. Pledge cards are mailed and available online. These pledges are commitments to give that greatly assist the Church Council to plan and budget for the next year.
All Gifts in the “offering” or in other ways are deeply appreciated.
How much should I pledge? We value every gift as a genuine act of sharing valuable resources that could be spent in other ways. Monthly gifts of $10, $100, and $1000 (and above, below, and in-between) help us meet or surpass our goal. The commitment you will make to support something you believe in deeply is what is most important. We appreciate every member and family who participates in stewardship of the church.
How much does UCCH need to raise? The 2023 budget is based on a pledge goal of $910,000. Surpassing this goal would allow us to fully fund the budget requests from all ministries, including those requested to reengage our community.
When is the pledge campaign? The campaign has begun as of the week of October 23. Pledges are requested by November 13.
Who can pledge? Anyone! You do not have to be a member of UCCH to pledge support. Just fill out the pledge forms and turn them in.
Where does our pledge money go? It goes for everything in the church budget, including operating expenses such as pastor/staff salaries, office supplies, utilities, building maintenance, insurance, children, youth and adult faith formation, music, worship services, justice outreach and service, support for local and global partnerships, pastoral care, and caring for and welcoming one another.
What if I make a pledge and am unable to fulfill it? We know that you made your pledge in good faith, but your circumstances may have changed. Let the Business Manager know if you will not be able to fulfill your financial pledge. Automatic transfers can be stopped or changed. Even more important, remember we are your church family. Please talk to a pastor if there is anything we can do to assist you during this time of change in your life.
How will I know if I am up to date with my financial giving? Periodic quarterly pledge updates are mailed to anyone who has made a gift.
Are my financial donations tax deductible? Yes. United Church of Chapel Hill is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.
Do we receive a receipt or record of donations? Online gifts trigger an automatic email with details of your transaction. If you log in and create an account, you will have access to your giving record. UCCH will also provide receipts or records needed for tax purposes.
What is Online Giving? Online giving allows people a safe, secure (encrypted) and convenient way to give by bank draft or credit/debit and set up automatic payments every week or every month.
Or you can give anytime you have access to the website! Online giving also allows those who see our website and support our work to give even if they do not reside in the area. As we trend toward becoming a cashless and checkless society, churches have added the option to set up automatic drafts from checking or savings accounts, or alternatively, Credit and Debit Accounts. UCCH uses the safe, confidential services of VANCO, a company chosen by our national denomination and used by many other churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith organizations.
What is the cost? There are bank fees for using credit and debit cards of .25 per transaction, and a small percent of the gift, which are paid by the church. No fee for donors. Bank charges for transfers are usually quite a bit less; again the Church pays these fees.
Note: A small fee may be charged for purchases at Alternative Gift Market or similar purchases of items. And donors may choose to cover the cost to the church at any time.
Should we switch to Online Giving? It is your choice. Cash and checks are still very welcome whether placed in the Sunday offering plate, dropped off at the church office or mailed to United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514