Pledge FAQ

What is a pledge?

Your pledge is an indication of how much you plan to give the church on a regular basis. You may change or cancel your pledge at any time. Your on-going pledge pertains to your regular giving and does not reflect special offerings such as the Roy Thomson Hall Christmas Eve service.

We strongly encourage you to become a Sustainer. A Sustainer makes their pledge through automatic deductions from their credit card or bank account. There are multiple advantages for both you and the church to becoming a Sustainer.

If you pledge as a Recurrent Giver, you may fulfill your annual pledge through weekly offerings during the service. Giving statements will be mailed to you quarterly so you may track your donations.

What are the advantages of becoming a Sustainer: Your Board of Directors is better able to determine the budget needs of the church?

  • Your Pledge is easily fulfilled, even if you are unable to attend a service.
  • You are assured an accounting for every dollar you contribute saving taxes and book keeping!
  • Collect Air Miles and points!

Why is pledging important to MCC Toronto and our global community?

We are called to “shared responsibility” as good stewards and to take an active role in our church, our community, and our world. Your pledge plays a very important role in fulfilling our vision of spirituality, community, social justice for all. Making a pledge to MCC Toronto enables the Board of Directors to plan and effectively allocate our resources. You may participate as a Pledger in one of two ways: as a Sustainer or as a Recurrent Giver.

What are the goals of this campaign?

Our goal is to raise $60,000 in new/increased giving and 30 new pledges.

Why do we hold a pledge campaign every year?

The pledge campaign allows many of us to exercise the spiritual practice of giving. A lot of people experience life circumstances that may change the amount they want to donate. Our pledge campaign is an opportunity for all of us to review our capacity to give to the church. Throughout a calendar year, more people tend to reduce their giving than increase it. Our pledge campaign helps to restore those lost pledges and hopefully allows us to gain some ground to buffer future loses.

Why do we ask for financial support each week?

At MCC Toronto we do not have a theology of guilt or obligatory tithing. This makes us quite unique from other churches – especially those who send an annual invoice to the congregants. It is our hope that you see and feel the impact of your contributions and this continues to inspire you to give. How has MCC Toronto affected your life? What is your story that could have impact on another person’s life?

Is there minimum amount that I would have to contribute?

There are no minimums or maximums set for any pledge. You may give at any level that feels comfortable. As you may remember from last year we illustrated that it costs approximately $40 per person per week to maintain the expenses of the church and offer Sunday service each week.

How much should I give?

It is helpful to understand our giving as an expression of gratitude for God’s blessings and trust in God’s promises. It is one of our most important spiritual practices. When we give of our time, talent and treasure we are participating in God’s work in the world. Proportional giving has been a principle followed in various faith traditions.

For instance, the practice of tithing – giving 10% of one’s income – is common for many people of faith. The chart on back of the pledge card is a guide to proportional giving. Prayerfully consider how you can grow in your giving. Your giving can make a difference in the lives of others and bring great joy to your life!

Can I change my pledge if my situation changes?

Absolutely, at any time you can change your pledge. Please contact Kevin Coutu, Team Leader of Giving Programs if you need to make any changes to your giving information at or 416.406.6228 x139.

Do I need to pledge as an individual or can my family pledge as one?

How you choose to contribute is completely up to you. If you wish to pledge as a family unit we will also need to know to which partner you would like your tax receipt designated.

How Can I Give?

Sustainers pledges can be made via credit card, post-dated cheque, or automatic withdrawal. Other options include publicly traded securities, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. (Given Canada Revenue Agency’s regulations concerning capital gains, there may be advantages to making this type of donation–check with your tax advisor who may also advise you on the tax advantages of Legacy Giving – including your church home in your will.) Your broker can call us for further information.

The simplest way to donate securities is to ask your broker to complete the transaction via CanadaHelps.org, a secure donation portal: (http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=s40403)

If you choose to make your Pledge as a Recurrent Giver, your Pledge may be fulfilled during your weekly attendance by placing it in the offering basket in an envelope with your full name and address, so we can ensure you receive a tax receipt.

Credit toward the fulfillment of your pledge pertains only to regular offerings not special offerings such as Pride, Christmas Eve Offertory or any other special fundraising event.

What are the various methods available to give?

To make a pledge you can sign up using a credit card or by supplying us with a void cheque. If you do not carry cheques all you need to do is provide us with the transit number, institution number and account number of your bank account. We will charge/withdraw the appropriate funds from your account under the terms listed on your pledge card.

Will I get a Tax Receipt?

MCC Toronto is a registered charity (charitable registration number: 13035 3469 RR 0001). As such, we are able to issue tax receipts for the gifts we receive. By claiming your tax credits, you may reduce your income tax. For more information, please consult the Canada Revenue Agency’s “Giving to Charity” Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/donors.

Good Stewardship of Your Offerings

Your pledge makes a significant difference in MCC Toronto’s ability to deliver excellent Stewardship of your financial gifts. Complete details regarding MCC Toronto’s revenues and expenses can be found in our annual financial reports, which are externally audited and made available at the Information Centre or on the Board of Directors page of the MCC Toronto website: www.mcctoronto.com.

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