Frequently Asked Questions about Pledging
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a promise to give a certain amount to the Church over the course of the following year. Episcopal churches use the pledge system in order to budget realistically, basing decisions on the amount of income they can expect to receive from their members.
Where does pledge money go?
Annual pledges are put to use for ongoing ministries and operating expenses. These include utilities, bulletins, newsletters, Sunday School and Outreach.
How is the pledge paid?
Your pledge can be paid in different ways. Some people choose to give one gift annually, others contribute on a monthly basis, while others give weekly.
PLEASE NOTE: If you file taxes in Italy and intend to deduct your donations, you must make your pledge to the Amici di St. James and make payments by bank draft. The receipt you receive from the bank will serve as required documentation when you file your tax return.
How can I keep track of my pledge giving?
Updates of your pledge status are available on request from the Church office.
How much should I pledge?
The amount you choose to pledge is a very personal decision. There are no set amounts. The Bible refers to the tithe, 10% of one’s income. Many plan tithing as a goal, beginning with a lesser amount and increasing over the years.
What if I cannot fulfil my pledge?
The pledge is a sincere promise of what you plan to give. Sometimes, however, one is unable to fulfil his or her pledge due to unexpected expenses or events. The unpaid portion of your pledge is not applied or “carried over” to the following year.