How is this Campaign different from offertory, Together in Mission, or other special appeals?
This campaign is a special effort undertaken by the St. John Fisher community. This campaign is over and above our regular parish operations and maintenance. We are asking each family to consider a sacrificial gift that is also above-and-beyond their current giving. St. John Fisher’s Called to Renew contribution is in addition to Together in Mission, which supports the operations of other parishes throughout the Archdiocese, and in addition to any special appeals that support priest retirement, the seminary, or other ministries and Catholic Charities. In other words, there are three appeals or campaigns, Together in Mission, Called to Renew and Campaign 21: Completing the Vision, all of which are incremental to your weekly offerings.
Why are pledges encouraged instead of one-time donations?
Pledge commitments over five years allow families to make more sacrificial gifts than they might otherwise be capable of making with a one-time gift. For many families, a larger contribution is easier to pay off over a longer period rather than all at once. Please note that pledges are not legally binding contracts, but rather a statement of what you intend to give.
Is an initial payment required?
No, but it is encouraged. We need cash-in-hand of 60% of the estimated total cost of the project before construction can start. Making your first annual payment or providing any amount at the time of your pledge demonstrates your commitment to fulfilling your pledge and helps us begin construction sooner. There is flexibility in the timing and amount of your pledges to enable you to accelerate a pledge payment before construction begins in the summer of 2022.
How will pledges be collected?
St. John Fisher will handle all pledge processing and payment reminders over the designated five-year pledge period. Automatic Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) or Credit/Debit Card payments set up through Faith Direct are highly encouraged and will help to mitigate costs and resources of time related to mailing campaign pledge reminders.
Do you accept other methods of payment?
To make fulfillment of pledges as easy as possible, we are accepting many forms of payment including, but not limited to: Check, Credit/Debit (may be done via Faith Direct), donations of Stock and Securities (publicly traded and closely held), IRA distributions, Donor Advised Fund allocations, Corporate Matching Gifts, Real Estate, Tangible Personal Property, Gifts in Kind, Remainder Interests in Property or Retained Life Estate Gift (RLE), and Bargain Sales. Within guidelines, we will also accept irrevocable bequests and other planned giving vehicles. If you are interested in any of these, please indicate your preferred giving method on your pledge card and the Campaign Director will follow up with you.
What is Faith Direct?
Faith Direct is St. John Fisher’s secure online monthly giving program that works directly with your bank, credit, or debit card in the same way as other electronic funds transfer payments you may already conduct. All transactions are processed electronically, debiting your bank account or charging your credit\debit card automatically for the contribution amounts you designate for Campaign 21: Completing the Vision. Faith Direct will send an email each month with the details of your upcoming pledge payments. When you enroll in the Faith Direct program you can choose to have your monthly donations processed on the 4th or 15th. If you are already enrolled in Faith Direct for your monthly offertory giving or other special collections, your pledge payment will be processed in one transaction for the total offertory, campaign and/or special collection donation amounts you have designated. You can update your pledge payment amount anytime by accessing your account online at www.faithdirect.net, by calling (866) 507-8757, or by sending us an email at email@example.com. St. John Fisher will receive your pledge payment within five business days.
What are my options for planned giving?
For those who are 70 years of age or older, the following are acceptable options for making an irrevocable planned gift to St. John Fisher’s Campaign 21: Completing the Vision: Bequests, Life Insurance Policies, Charitable Gift Annuities (including Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities), Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT), Charitable Lead Trusts, and Retirement Plans. For more specific information about these irrevocable planned gift options, please contact the Campaign Director at (310) 377-5571.
Please note, planned gifts are not considered gifts/cash “in-hand,” and, therefore, cannot count towards the cash in-hand needed to begin construction. Further, supporting documentation along with a signed planned gift letter making your commitment irrevocable and legally binding must be provided. Approval of all planned gifts must go through the Office of Planned Giving at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before formal acceptance by St. John Fisher.
Can I make a matching gift with my employer?
Yes, corporations endeavor to match the charitable contributions of employees. Please contact your company’s human resources professional to determine if your company has a matching gift program.
What if a donor is unable to fulfill a commitment to Campaign 21: Completing the Vision?
Donors are asked to sign pledge cards to indicate they have agreed to the terms of the pledge. Pledges to the campaign are not legally binding. If your situation changes and you need to adjust your pledge amount or payment options, we ask that you contact the parish office at (310) 377-5571. There are several options available to modify your pledge to accommodate your new circumstances.