Dear Members and Friends,

These are exciting times in the life of Union Congregational Church. Our Building for Faith in Action Capital Campaign will strengthen our facility for effective ministry long into the future, just as our forebears in the faith did almost one hundred years ago.

We are now at the point of inviting the whole congregation to make a pledge to the capital campaign which can be fulfilled over the course of the next three years. What does this mean? Each gift will be unique to each person’s circumstance. Please familiarize yourself with the campaign and prayerfully consider your gift.

Sometimes, people find the frameworks below to be helpful:

  • Gifting from accumulated assets could mean making a commitment more generous than what could be possible through your cash flow (and can also realize tax benefits not otherwise possible).
  • Others might match their regular giving for three years and give the match to the capital campaign.
  • Others might decide to give a full 10% tithe to the church for three years and designate the increase to the capital campaign.

I invite you to pray about your gift. As you reflect on what your gift will be, contemplate God’s blessings in your life, what a blessing Union has been in our community, and how vitally important Union’s prophetic, inclusive ministry will be to future generations.

Take a look at our Building for Faith in Action Capital Campaign brochure to find an overview of the proposed projects, a commitment form, and some information about how certain financial instruments may be utilized for the campaign. We ask that you complete the commitment form, enclose it in the envelope, and bring it to worship on Commitment Sunday, June 11. If you cannot be present that day, or if you wish to make an early commitment, feel free to mail your form ahead of time. Call the church office if you have questions (920) 437-9266.

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Bridget Flad Daniels
Senior Minister

Make Your Pledge Online


Creative Ways of Giving

  • Give More Than You Thought Possible

    This is the benefit of including assets as a part of your giving! The monetary value of the gift typically exceeds what you might give as cash outright. In most cases, asset-based giving is as simple as assigning ownership to the church. Of course, there are many variations on this theme. Here are just a few to get you thinking:
  • Appreciated Assets

    Union Church can accept gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or personal property. For example: stock purchased years ago for $5,000 could have a market value of $20,000. Rather than selling the stock and paying income tax on the $15,000 capital gain, you can transfer the stock to the church and take a tax deduction based on the market value of the stock at the time of the gift. In this way, you would maximize your gift, and minimize your tax liability.
  • IRA Charitable Distribution

    Individuals age 70.5 or older may want to consider making your gift commitment through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA to Union Church. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year. A QCD excludes the amount donated from taxable income, which is unlike regular withdrawals from an IRA. The maximum annual amount that can qualify for a QCD is $100,000. If you file taxes jointly, your spouse can also make a QCD from his or her own IRA within the same tax year for up to $100,000.
  • Life Insurance

    There are ways you can use life insurance as a gift-giving approach. For example, you could give the cash value accumulated in a policy, or donate the annual dividends of a policy. Consider making Union Church the full or partial beneficiary of a policy that has outlived its original purpose.
  • Wills

    Making an unrestricted gift, or designating Union Church through a will or trust is a significant expression of legacy stewardship. Designating a percentage gift in your will allows you to make a significant contribution that may not have been possible during your lifetime.
  • Deferred Trust Fund Gifts

    There are a variety of ways to give through trust funds which have advantages for short-term and long-term giving, as well as tax planning.
  • Employer Matching Gifts

    Double the impact of your donation! Your gift to Union Church could be matched dollar for dollar by your employer. Some employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and/or employees’ spouses. Contact the Human Resources Department of your company to find out if they have a matching gift program.