Every Member Canvass
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For nearly 185 years, Christ Church Cathedral has chosen to walk in love; we are a dynamic congregation known for our generosity and charitable work. Through our various programs, outreach partnerships, and as a cultural hub for the broader community, the Cathedral helps thousands each year to see that the love of God is real and present.
Our ministries are defined by love. The life that we share within the walls of the Cathedral is the same life that we seek to share with the community around us. Since the earliest days of Houston, we’ve been walking in love in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
As we look for Christ in one another, we respond in faith. We see and reflect the glory of God through our shared ministry. We are called to reflect Christ’s generosity and respond in faith through giving.
Our Cathedral ministries depend on stewardship (care) from all of us. The things you see at the Cathedral every time you come — our historic campus, beautiful liturgies, amazing music, community outreach, pastoral care, educational programs — all require financial support.
The Every Member Canvass (EMC) is the annual financial pledge campaign that supports the mission and new and on-going programs of the church. The EMC helps cover the costs of everything from lightbulbs and coffee cups to innovative programs and vital technology. It funds more than 2/3rds of the Cathedral’s annual operating budget enabling our common life and outreach in the community.
To fund the 2024 budget fully and responsibly, the Vestry anticipates the Cathedral will need $3.8 million in parishioner pledges.
Out of an estimated 800 families in the congregation, 497 made a pledge in 2023; if more families pledge, and do so generously, we are confident we can successfully reach our goal.
We are hopeful to have all pledge commitments returned by Loyalty Sunday, November 12.
We invite you to join us as we renew our commitment to our beloved Cathedral in time, talent, and treasure. Your clergy, staff, and Vestry stand ready to meet the ever-growing needs of our community. Thank you for your support.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
What is the Every Member Canvass? What does it support?
The Every Member Canvass (EMC) is the annual financial pledge campaign that supports the mission and new and on-going programs of the church. The EMC helps cover the costs of everything from lightbulbs and coffee cups to innovative programs and vital technology.
What is a pledge? And why should I pledge?
Parish members are asked to make a pledge of financial support to sustain our mission and ministry in the coming calendar year (2024). Making your pledge allows the Vestry to budget accurately and ensure with confidence that the Cathedral’s programmatic needs will be met. The Vestry bases the budget solely on the amount pledged; less income requires decreasing the needed budget levels.
How do I fulfill my pledge?
Christ Church Cathedral operates fiscally on the calendar year – January to December. Payments, which are tax deductible, may be made on your schedule, in a lump sum or installments, in cash, by check, credit card, and through our various digital giving portals. There are several payment options, and you may select the one that works best for you.
You can opt to receive weekly pledge envelopes throughout the year.
If you’d like to pay via credit card, and have the Cathedral set up a payment plan on your behalf, simply fill out the credit card authorization form and return it to Peggy Beltrami, financial administrator, either by email at [email protected] or mail it to Peggy’s attention at: 1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002.
You can easily set up recurring payments using a credit card or bank account via our online giving portal.
We also accept digital payments via PayPal and Tithe.ly. More details on these payment methods can be found on the Give page.
Are there other tax benefits when making a gift?
There are ever increasing ways to make giving to the church easy just like other non-profits – such as Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRA accounts, contributions through Donor Advised Funds, and the gift of stocks or securities. Some of these options may provide substantial tax benefits for those who qualify. Ask your accountant or investment advisor for more information about options like these.
Have you considered including the Cathedral in your estate plans?
Remembering Christ Church Cathedral in your estate plans with a gift to the Christ Church Cathedral Endowment Fund provides a lasting gift for the future. A portion of the annual budget is funded through annual distributions from the endowment fund. If you’d like more information about leaving a legacy gift visit the Cathedral’s website: www.christchurchcathedral.org/plannedgiving