What is pledging all about?
►Why Make a Pledge?
St. Mark’s needs your financial support! St. Mark’s depends on donations to sustain its programs and facilities. Every fall, during the Annual Canvass pledge drive, parishioners pledge to donate a certain amount of money over the next calendar year. The church’s fiscal year is the calendar year – and its annual operating budget for each calendar year is based on the sum of these pledges. Please consider making a canvass pledge; the number of programs St. Mark's is able to offer depends directly on the generosity of our members and friends!
Read our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about pledging.
►How Pledging Works at St. Mark’s
A pledge is a promise to pay a certain dollar-amount over a certain time period.
A pledge payment is a donation made to fulfill a pledge.
A Pledging Member is a parishioner or friend who has made a pledge during the most recent annual canvass (pledge drive). Pledging members are entitled to vote in our leadership elections at the Annual Meetings held each spring – and are included in the Parish Directory (emailed quarterly). For more about becoming a member, click here.
►St. Mark’s Two Ongoing Pledge Drives
Each fall, we have an Annual Canvass to raise general operating funds – the money that keeps the church doors open; pays worship, music and program expenses; and supports clergy and staff salaries. Canvass 2015 is raising money now to fund the budget for calendar year 2015. While the goal is to gather sufficient pledges in October and November to allow the Vestry to finalize the 2015 budget before year's end, canvass pledges are gratefully accepted throughout the year!
The Vision 2020 Capital Campaign - In 2011, St. Mark’s launched the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign to raise money for a renovation and expansion of our Parish Hall Building. The new space was dedicated on September 28, 2014, and now houses new classrooms, meeting spaces, a renovated kitchen, a new sacristy and vesting room, and clergy and staff offices. While the project is completed, we have incurred significant debt to finance the project. Therefore, the campaign will continue through 2016 – and if you have not made a gift or a pledge, you are encouraged to do so. For more information about the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign and our building plans, click here. Pledges of payment over time – or one-time gifts – are gratefully accepted throughout the year! Please note: You only need make a Vision 2020 pledge once -- you do not need to renew it every year.
►There Are Many Ways to Make a Pledge
To make a Canvass (annual membership) pledge for 2015:
Or you may download a pledge form, then complete and sign the form, and mail it to the church offices at 301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003; or place it in the Sunday service plate.
To make a pledge to the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign:
Email the Parish Administrator for Finance and Membership, with your name and the amount of your pledge – or call her at 202-543-0053, x 305.
►There Are Many Ways to Pay a Pledge
By check. Make your check payable to “St. Mark’s” and write either “Canvass 2014” or “Vision 2020 Capital Campaign” in the check’s memo section, so we can credit your gift as you wish. Place your check in the Sunday service plate, or mail it to the church offices at our new mailing address: 301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
By cash, at a Sunday service. To receive credit for your cash pledge payment, please enclose it in an envelope with your name on it – and please write either “Canvass 2014” or “Vision 2020 Capital Campaign” on your envelope, so we can credit your gift as you wish. Pew envelopes are available for your convenience in the Nave tract racks.
More ways to pay: For information about paying your pledge(s) with auto-debits from your personal checking account, payroll deductions, or donations of appreciated stock, download the memo, “The Many Ways to Pay Your Pledge”.
►Questions? Email Susan Block, the Parish Administrator for Finance and Membership – or call her, at 202-543-0053, ext. 305.