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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pledge?  A pledge is a written commitment of what you or your family agree to give financially to St. Mary’s over the coming calendar year.

Why do we pledge? To personally respond to God’s generosity to each of us, we are all called to be stewards and thereby share a portion of our time, talent, and treasure. A pledge addresses the need to share a portion of your treasure.

How is my annual pledge put to use? St. Mary’s Vestry sets an annual operating budget with 75 percent covering clergy and staff salaries, building maintenance, utilities, and parish needs, and 25 percent dedicated to Outreach, which includes organizations caring for the poor, abused, sick and at-risk populations in Arlington and around the world.

Who sees my pledge? For accounting purposes, St. Mary’s Co-Administrator and Finance Manager Janet Tasker, tracks annual pledge cards and individual pledge payments. St. Mary’s Vestry and Finance Committee are provided with total pledge numbers; no individual donors are identified. St. Mary’s respects parishioner’s need for financial privacy and pledge discretion and will supply envelopes for those who pay towards their pledge with cash or check. Additionally, St. Mary’s also offers a variety of secure electronic payment options.

Should I make a pledge to the Funding the Future Campaign in lieu of an annual pledge?  No. In order to continue to sustain and grow the vital ministries of the parish, we are asking everyone to first continue your annual giving in 2020 and increase if you are able. Then, we are asking parishioners to prayerfully look into their hearts to determine a pledge amount for the Funding the Future Capital Campaign. All of our treasure comes from God, and all of the projects we have outlined are intended to promote God’s will on earth.

How do I learn more about Funding the Future? Visit our Funding the Future page for an overview of our campaign and to find a list of parishioners, staff and clergy who can answer your questions.