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FAQ: Annual Pledge Campaign

We have answered some frequently heard questions below. If you have other questions about the campaign, please email canvasschair@firstparishinbrookline.org.


What does my pledge pay for?

While we aren’t worshipping together in person yet, the Church’s work goes on. 75% of our $611,000 budget is for personnel, programs and administration. As you are probably aware, our staff has gone above and beyond to maintain our thriving community. Without skipping a beat, Rev. Lisa and Jud have become virtuoso virtual ministers; Keith and his amazing crew draw us in with glorious music; Laci’s wonderful way of interacting with our children and parents made the transition to ZOOM successful with imagination to spare; and Ebiere and Adam ensure that everything administrative remains up to date.

How much of our budget is devoted to caring for our building?

A total of 25% or $154,000, is devoted to caring for our beautiful and historical building. It includes maintenance and repair and well as utilities and grounds keeping.

How much should I pledge?

To every household, a meaningful pledge means something different. The average pledge per household last year was about $3,000. The total cost per pledging household to run our program is $4,000.

Do contributed and endowment income and rentals cover all our expenses?

No, our annual budget shortfall has been about $75,000 per year for several years. In short, we spend $75,000 more than we make.

How can I help?

If every pledging household increased their current giving by 10% a year for the next two years, we would balance our budget.

What is the breakdown of our revenue and expenses?

Revenue Pie Chart - First Parish in Brookline 2021-22
Expenses Pie Chart - First Parish in Brookline 2021-22