Seven Most Often Asked Questions about Pledging

1. Why give money to the Ethical Society?

Only by investing our money will the Ethical Society philosophy and program succeed. It’s our community and purpose; we have to support it.

2. Can I contribute time and talent instead of money?

The more time and talent we invest, the more it costs for mailings, meetinghouse, staff and leadership to support those programs. Participation is the heart of our community, but the program needs money.

3. Why not more people pledging less? Why 2% of income?

More people require more services and staff and generate more programs. Pledges must be large enough to sustain the people, facilities, and costs of the programs. National surveys show religious congregations need to average at least 2% of income to fund a successful community.

4. Why not a membership fee for everyone?

A pledging percent more fairly shares the cost of community membership. A flat fee is unfair to members making less money and a burden in years when a member might be struggling with unusual financial circumstances.

5. Is voluntary pledging unfair to members who give a lot?

Ethical Society membership means leadership. While non-members can participate in most activities, members are people who create the Ethical Society. When we each take our inspiration from those who act most generously, we all thrive.

6. What about members who are less active?

Some people who value the Ethical Society make larger pledges even though they are less active. The Ethical Society may become more personally meaningful at occasions like weddings, naming and memorial ceremonies, during times of personal transitions. Some support the Ethical Society because we take public stands on important societal issues.

7. Do all members have to pledge?

Yes. Each member must choose a fair share pledge that is generous enough and affordable enough to feel good.

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