Westwood Unitarian Congregation is a non-profit, charitable organization. Our self-supporting community donates and raises the necessary resources – both financial and labour-based – to live out our vital Purpose. Contributions to Westwood allow us to do and be all the wonderful things you love! Worship services, our tremendous staff, a lovely space to gather, resources for programs… For detailed information about Westwood’s use of resources, take a look at Dollars and Sense, our annually updated budget summary, or talk to our diligent Treasurer.
Contributions to Westwood qualify for charitable donation tax deductions. Revenue Canada provides a nice overview of our expenses and revenues and attests to our eligibility for tax benefits for all donations.
Tax receipts are issued in January for identified donations.
Ways to Give
Easily Make a Regular Contribution
Most of our members and friends choose to contribute regularly through automatic, bank account deductions. To arrange for, or change an automatic deduction contact our administrator.
Westwood gratefully accepts e-transfers as well. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Give Online – Anytime
Click the donation button to go to Westwood’s page at Canada Helps. You can contribute instantly through the convenience of an online donation at Canada Helps’ secure site.
Each spring Westwood community is invited to consider what their contribution, in both time and money, for the coming church year will be. This commitment helps the Board plan the budget to be in line with available funds, and plan activities in proportion with available volunteers.
A financial pledge at stewardship time can be fulfilled with a variety of different payment options, including cash or a cheque into the offering plate, post-dated cheques, automatic withdrawal from a bank account, e-transfer or using Canada Helps to make online payments (above).
But stewardship is more than writing a cheque, or signing up to be a service leader, or committee member. Stewardship can also be an attitude … an approach to community building … a religious commitment … or a spiritual practice.
Stewardship month helps Westwood ensure that we are stocked, staffed, and ready to welcome interested Edmontonians into our Unitarian Universalist community.
Another way that Westwood practices financial stewardship is through the Endowment Trust Fund. The Endowment Fund Trustees invite Westwood committees, members, and friends to submit applications for projects that support congregational growth and outreach.
The deadline for project applications is March 31 each year so the trustees have time to consider and announce the selection(s) at Westwood’s Annual General Meeting.
Trustees serve for three-year terms, with someone rotating on and off each year.
Consider contributing to the Endowment Trust for special life events or as a charitable bequest in your will.
Westwood’s Endowment Trust Fund exists to provide a place for permanent legacy funds. It is administered independently of the regular church activities. It is used to support special projects related to congregational growth or outreach.
Most of our members donate regularly using automated deductions from their bank account. Please contact Westwood Administrator if you wish to establish or change an automatic deduction to conveniently support Westwood’s activities.