Pledge Drive: How Did We Do?
The Stewardship Team has been working behind the scenes in the weeks following the “formal” close of the pledge campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of operating Cedar Lane next year (which begins July1). Our hope was that people would respond to the not normal times we live in by generously increasing their pledge, hopefully by 10%. We had set a very ambitious (overly so, it turns out) goal of $1.1 million.
Though we fell short, we are pleased to report that members and friends pledged a total of $902,000, with 417 “pledging units,” some of which are couples, participating. The average pledge increased by 9.7%, nearly double the increase achieved in the last two years. We benefitted from the strong participation of new members, who made their first pledges -- some of them quite generous.
Your pledge has enabled staff and Board to plan responsibly for the year ahead. Pledges comprise 75% of our annual operating budget, that is salaries for our dedicated ministers and staff, inspiring worship services, lifespan religious education, support for vital social justice initiatives and compassionate pastoral care when we need it.
So though the flame-ometer did not become a raging bonfire, our hearts are warmed by the generosity of Cedar Laners. Together, we set a record for giving and in so doing set the stage for the year ahead. Thank you from your Stewardship Team: Stew Grubman, Mary Means, Elsie Durland, Debbie Trent, Pratima Dharm and Michael Benefiel.