GENEROSITY & FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Our congregation encourages people to use the resources at their command to lead lives of meaning and purpose. Those resources take many forms including time, talent and treasure. Just look around our congregation. You’ll see that many people give generously in all three ways.
We believe that giving, financially or otherwise, is an essential ingredient in cultivating meaning and joy. Generosity is one hallmark of a life well lived.
Charitable giving in our community takes many forms including FUNdFEST (our bid night auction), contributions to special outreach projects, open collections, and an endowment fund. Most of the funds that support the ongoing efforts of our congregation come from our annual pledge campaign.
Annual Pledge Process
Each Fall, a team conducts a canvass of the congregation for pledges of financial support for the following year. The funds collected through the annual pledge process are key to our ongoing operations. They enable us to support our programs, staff and facilities.
After the Fall canvass, our finance committee develops and submits to the Board of Trustees a budget for the upcoming year. The congregation votes on the budget at an annual congregational meeting, typically at the end of January.
For information on the pledge process, please review Frequently Asked Questions About Pledging.
North Shore’s endowment fund provides a meaningful way to leave a legacy. Whether it celebrates a happy occasion (such as the birth of a child) or honours a lost loved one, the endowment fund empowers you to make a difference for future generations.
All contributions to the fund are tax deductible. The principal remains in perpetuity. The interest is spent in specific ways as approved by the congregation.
Making your contribution last is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Email or call our Treasurer. He’ll answer questions, and confirm how you wish to proceed.
- Send a cheque or payment details to the church, c/o Treasurer.
- Relax, knowing that your contribution will make a difference in perpetuity.
One of our Co-Ministers is always available to discuss an Endowment or other gift if you desire.
Every April or May our congregation holds a service auction, where fellow congregants offer up dinners, car rallies, costume parties, and various other creative social events for auction. Some people say that if it weren’t for the auction, they wouldn’t have a social life. FUNdFest contributes over $20,000 to our operating funds annually. All funds raised generate a tax receipt for the service providers.
Other Ways To Be Generous
There are many other opportunities in our community to practice generosity.
Each Sunday, we share our plate collection with community organizations that share our values and hopes for the world.
Additionally, some generous people provide funds to support specific improvements to our building. Examples include: the art glass windows in the sanctuary, the lovely hardwood floor at the front of the sanctuary, and the electric piano that supports the choir.
What other ways might you like to contribute to our endeavours in some lasting way? Please let us know.