Annual Giving FAQs
Posted on October 31, 2021
Why is it important to provide an Estimate of Giving (EOG)? Each of us has the opportunity to renew, or make, our commitment to one another and Trinity Episcopal Church – an estimate of giving is “a solemn promise”. Submitted estimates support what we all do at Trinity and beyond our doors. Your yearly budget is driven by the generosity of your annual estimate of giving. Knowing what funding to expect, we can plan for the costs of our ministries for the coming year.
How much should I estimate? Christian giving is grounded in the understanding that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. Each of us is called to consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation.
Do I have to pay at the time I make submit my EOG? Returning your estimate of giving card, or completing the form online, is a promise to pay. You make your estimate then fulfill your “promise” in as many, or as few, payments as you wish throughout the upcoming year. Estimates are fulfilled on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1 through December 31 of each year.
Why should I provide an Estimate of Giving when I regularly put money in the offering plate? Loose funds collected each week do help to support the ongoing life of the parish and we thank you! Estimates of Giving are very important, however, because they allow us to plan responsibly and to establish a budget for the upcoming year. Providing estimates responsibly, based on your best estimate of the year’s income, is important. And remember, an estimate can be adjusted – up or down! – during the year if your circumstances change.
How long do I have to turn in my EOG card? Estimates may be submitted at any time (today even!) and throughout the year. However, to have a responsible 2022 budget, we do ask that everyone celebrate this fall’s campaign by submitting your estimate by the “IN GATHERING” on Sunday, November 14. If you are not able to attend, you may submit it online, by mail, or turn in your card to the church office any time prior. We do ask for a majority of estimates be in no later than Sunday, November 14.