Invest in our Church
“Indeed, if we raise funds for the creation of a community of love, we are helping build the kingdom. We are doing exactly what we are supposed to do as Christians. Paul is clear about this: ‘Make love your aim.’ (I Corinthians 14:1, NJB)”- Henri J. M. Nouwen
Every Gift Matters
Members support UCCH with monthly gifts of $5, $100, and $1000, and with gifts above, below and in-between these. We value every gift as a genuine act of sharing valuable resources that could be spent in other ways. We are deeply appreciative for every member and family who participates in stewardship of the church.
Campaign Pledge Goal: $890,000
Our staff, boards, and committees have worked diligently to develop a spending plan for 2021 that will allow UCCH to continue to reach out and reach in effectively under the economic, physical, and social uncertainties wrought by the pandemic. The proposed budget does not reflect any increase and keeps the 2021 total target pledge at 2020 actual pledge levels. Given the current economic crisis, not everyone can maintain their previous levels of giving. We hope that those who are able will maintain their 2020 pledge levels in 2021 and consider a one-time “Stepping Up” gift to cover a reduction in financial contributions by those hit hard by the pandemic. Pledge cards and the online pledge page include a “Stepping Up” line for these entries.
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
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 (a.k.a. “pledge drive”)? 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, or on a table in the rear of the sanctuary. 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 $5, $100, and $1000, and with gifts above, below and in-between these help us surpass our goal. The commitment you will make to support something you believe in deeply is what is most important. We are deeply appreciative for everyone who participates in stewardship of United Church.
How much does UCCH need to raise? The 2021 budget is based on a pledge goal of $890,000. Surpassing this goal would allow us to fully fund the budget requests from all ministries, including some of those items that were cut to meet the 2021 budget target.
What is a Stepping Up gift? Given the current economic crisis, not everyone can maintain their previous levels of giving. We hope that those who are able will consider making a one-time “Stepping Up” gift beyond their normal pledge to cover a reduction in financial contributions by those hit hard by the pandemic.
When is the pledge drive? The drive begins November 8. Pledges are requested by November 22.
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, all worship services, justice outreach and service, support for local and global partnerships, pastoral care, caring 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 Church 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 the 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