Better Together

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes! We will provide a giving statement each quarter for your records, which will also update you on the status of your pledge. 

Am I making a commitment to both our Annual Operating Budget and the capital projects?

We hope so! This campaign is a two-fold campaign for the Annual Operating Budget and the campus projects outlined in our materials. Both are mission critical as we look to the years ahead. 

How many years may I take to fulfill a capital projects pledge?

You may take as long as you need to make a meaningful gift to this campaign. Based on past campaigns, most gifts have been given over the course of 3-7 years. 

Can more than one person give for a named gift opportunity?

Yes! In fact, in our last campaign, we had an Adult Sunday School class give a joint named gift, and it was a beautiful way to participate in the campaign. 

Are there ways to make a gift other than cash?

Yes! We can accept securities, real estate, and personal property (as deemed acceptable by the Board of Trustees). You may also make a gift using a deferred vehicle (bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable trust, life insurance, 401K distribution, etc.). 

Are we planning to pursue outside funding for any of the capital projects?

Yes! We have a group of volunteers bringing leadership to our requests for outside funding through grants, foundations, and any other opportunities. 

When I am committing my pledge to the Annual Operating Budget, can I make an additional designated pledge to a ministry of my choice?

Absolutely. Please contact Dick Moncrief, our Financial Administrator, to discuss the additional designated please you have in mind. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (585) 271-1050 x108.

Are these projects 'shovel ready'?

No. In 2015, the congregation authorized the Trustees to spend up to $90,000 for professional studies and schematic designs. These studies, designs and estimates are the basis for the proposed projects. They were also the basis for decisions as to which projects should be prioritized and which could be deferred. Recovery of the money spent on these design studies is included in the $6.3 Million plan. Assuming congregational approval on September 24, final detailed specifications will be developed, bid packages prepared, and contractors will be selected. This intensive process will take significant time. While that is happening, we will work hard to begin raising funds!

When will construction start?

The earliest that construction could start is in the fall of 2018.  This is not a fixed date and is dependent on many factors as the detailed designs are developed and funds are raised.

Will the projects be phased or done all at once?

The projects will be phased, although the exact sequence and timing will be determined after an approval from the congregation. Many factors will determine the final sequence, including cash flow from donors, the impact of construction on current campus programs, and the prioritized list to place immediate infrastructure and safety concerns first.