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What is a pledge?

A pledge is a promise to donate a specific amount to St. John’s over the coming year.


Why can’t I just donate one time?

We are asking you to make a commitment to pledge so that our budget for mission and ministry can reflect a predictable and stable source of giving. Occasional gifts are welcome, but they don’t allow the Vestry and ministry leaders to plan a year’s worth of opportunities with a reliable budget.

What amount should I pledge?

Think prayerfully about the place of St. John’s in your life and the love that it represents and come to a faithful decision about the amount to give. This Suggested Contribution Guide can help guide you in your decision. Most people pledging at St. John‘s give 2% or more of their net income. Many give more than that.


How do I fulfill my pledge?

A pledge can be fulfilled through a one-time payment or multiple payments. Payments can be set up in a number of ways:

  • Cash or check in an envelope in the offering basket or mailed to St. John‘s

  • Recurring payments made through your bank or credit card *

  • Donation of stock

  • Tax-free IRA distribution(s) for those 70.5 years of age or older

Whatever way works best for you! If you need help deciding or making your pledge, contact Kathy Hahn, Finance Director, at or 410-461-7793, ext. 112.

* If you pay your pledge with a credit card, we ask that you consider adding 3.5% of the pledge amount to cover the credit card processing fee.


How do I fulfill my pledge with an IRA distribution?

You can transfer assets directly from a traditional IRA to support St. John’s, an easy, tax-efficient way to fulfill your pledge. If you are 70.5 years of age or older, you are able to make a tax-free gift of up to $100,000 from your traditional IRA directly to St. John’s. If you are 73 or older, you can also use this transfer to satisfy your required minimum distribution. To give your gift in this way, contact Kathy Hahn, Finance Director, at or 410-461-7793, ext. 112.


What if I find I can’t meet my pledge?

Please be in touch with Kathy Hahn, Finance Director, at or 410-461-7793, ext. 112, and let her know that your life circumstances have changed and you will need to adjust your pledge.

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