When we give our treasure, time, and talent in support of FUSN’s mission, we are expressing a core value of all religious persons: generosity.
Join us in solidarity, so that your financial commitment:
- Is an amount that makes a difference in your day-to-day life
- Expresses your dedication to the mission of the church
- Develops the spiritual practice of thankfulness and generosity
Where does our money come from?
- Us. Approximately 70% of our budget comes from the pledges of our members and friends made during the Annual Budget Drive.
- Our Building. Our church works hard: we rent out the bell tower for a cell phone transmitter, the classrooms to a nursery school during the week, and to a Hebrew school on Saturdays.
- Fundraisers. We sell Christmas trees, we have a holiday fair, and we hold a services auction. It’s fun, and it helps.
- Our Endowment. The endowment is small. We spend approximately 4% of it every year, leaving the rest to grow for the future, but this covers only a small portion of our expenses.
Where does our money go?
- Building. Our beautiful, 110-year-old building is a treasure and a responsibility. We need to keep it well-maintained so that it can continue to be our home.
- Ministry. Our minister is a professional who deserves and needs to be paid appropriately and given the resources she requires to continue to do her job well.
- Office. Keeping FUSN running is a full- time job. There is considerable behind- the-scenes administration for which we need to pay.
- Music. Our music director, organist, and guest musicians all need to be paid for the crucial role they play in our services, and we need to pay for scores and other supplies.
- Committees. FUSN is a hot-bed of activity. Our members give their time; the congregation ensures that they have the basic resources they require.
- Religious Education. Many members give generously of their time to reach RE classes, but we also need professionals to administer the program, and we need to supply learning materials.
- Unitarian Universalist Association. We pay dues so that our broader movement of people fighting for religious freedom and social justice may continue.
All of the above information can be found in our FUSN “Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power” brochure.
The best way to make a pledge is to join us at one of our Pledge Parties that happen in March and the first half of April. A Pledge Party is a gathering at a member’s home where you can meet other members, socialize, eat and drink, and make your pledge for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from June 1 to May 31. Guests write the amount they would like to pledge to FUSN on a pledge form and put it in a sealed envelope, so the amount is kept confidential. Pledge parties are fun, and it feels good to give together.
Paying Your Pledge
When it comes time to pay your pledge, you can do so a variety of ways — by check, marketable securities, electronic fund transfer, or electronically on this website. All of these options include paying on whatever schedule works best for you — weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Checks should be made out to the First Unitarian Society in Newton with the church fiscal year indicated at the bottom.