Annual Giving (Pledging)
Giving is an integral part of our spiritual growth and our relationship with God. Therefore, we ask each parishioner to consider making a responsible and significant pledge based on their financial situation.
A pledge is a commitment to give one's time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and personal response to God's generosity. A pledge represents one's specific Christian commitment to "work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God" (BCP, p. 856).
A tithe (pledge) is 10% of one's income and is often a benchmark reached after incremental increases each year. "The first reference to a tithe in the OT is the one that Abraham vows to the priest-king Melchizedek (Gn 14:20). Jacob also promised a tithe to God at Bethel (Gn 28:18-22). Various laws concerning the tithe appear in the legislation said to have been given with the covenant at Sinai, e.g., Lv 27:30-33 for the fifth-century priestly code and Dt 14:22-29 from the earlier Deuteronomic Code." (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/glossary/tithe/)
At St. Bede's Episcopal Church, every pledge, no matter what amount, makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.
Thanks to everyone who has committed a pledge toward our Annual Operating Budget! We budget for and continue to need new pledges throughout the year. Therefore, we invite you to pledge today. You can pledge easily online by printing and returning the "Pledge Form."
Supporting the Mission and Programs of St. Bede's is now easier than ever. You can now make a one-time or a recurring donation by clicking on "DONATE NOW" below.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding pledging, please click here.
Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways to create a gift to St. Bede's using accumulated resources. Although planned giving usually involves financial or estate planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Instead, planned giving is for anyone concerned with the wise use of their personal resources and provides the opportunity to make a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. Planned gifts are either outright gifts (i.e., gifts of appreciated securities, real property, personal property, cryptocurrencies, etc.) or deferred gifts (i.e., bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts).
Gifts-in-kind are non-monetary items of tangible property such as equipment, art, collectibles, and other personal assets or materials that represent value to the St. Bede's Community. Acceptance of gifts-in-kind is restricted to gifts that support the mission of St. Bede's will not assign a value to an in-kind gift except for internal purposes. Gifts-in-kind of $500 or more require IRS Form 8283 to be claimed as a deduction. Gifts of $5,000 or more also require an independent appraiser's signature on IRS Form 8283. For information on tax-deductibility, please consult your tax advisor.
Did you know your employer may sponsor a matching gift program that could help you double or even triple your support by leveraging this program? Please contact your Human Resources department for information on whether they offer matching gifts to nonprofits.