Give to First Parish of Watertown

We work together to make First Parish of Watertown a vibrant and empowering place for all who enter our doors. We serve in our church with time, talent, and generosity of spirit. We strive to live our values in the broader community as well, taking part in community service with groups and as individuals, and bringing our whole selves to the world outside. We commit to provide our financial support to First Parish.

Our generous financial contributions to First Parish are essential to the ongoing success and growth of all our programs and all we do together as a faith community. Ways to give:

Pledges

A pledge is your promise to make a contribution in support of the annual operating budget of the church.

Donations

Individual gifts – though pledge payments and one-time donations – support the church and its work in the world.

Planned Gifts

Make a lasting gift for future generations by including the First Parish of Watertown in your estate plan.

Make a Payment

Your gifts – to the weekly collection plate, pledge payments, and to special funds – are gratefully received!

Contributions by check should be made out to First Parish of Watertown, with specific funds indicated on the memo line (pledge payment, collection plate, general donation, special collection).  Mail checks to: First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Online giving is available through Breeze Church Management. You may make a one-time donation or set up recurring payments using the drop-down fields in the linked form.

Note that online giving incurs a processing fee; gifts by check allow more of your generous donation to directly support the work of the church.

Select a fund for your donation:

Or select from all available funds, including monthly designated offerings.

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Annual Pledge Campaign

A pledge is your promise to make a contribution in support of the operating budget of the church. Pledges from our members and friends are the major source of income for the church’s operating budget each year.

The annual appeal and pledge period runs each year from late February to the end of March. You can pay in installments throughout the church fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Pledgers may check their giving history and pledge progress throughout the year from their Breeze accounts. All pledge information is confidential. If your financial situation changes during the year, you can modify your pledge by contacting the Treasurer.

“We continue to increase our pledge in support of the role the church plays in the congregation, the community and in the larger issues facing the world today.”

2020 Congregational Survey

Planned Giving

How can you help ensure that First Parish will continue for many generations to come? Make a Lasting Gift by including The First Parish of Watertown in your Estate Plan.The First Parish of Watertown gratefully accepts bequests from donors who wish to include THE FIRST PARISH OF WATERTOWN in their estate plans. Bequests may be unrestricted or restricted to a particular purpose, and they may be in the form of specific property or amounts of funds, percentage of a total estate, or balance (residue) of an estate after other bequests are made. Sample language for these bequests is set forth here, along with a sample bequest intention letter that can be sent to the Minister. If you have any questions, please contact THE FIRST PARISH OF WATERTOWN’s Minister or have your attorney or estate planning professional contact her.

See our Planned Giving Brochure for more information.

To Make a General Unrestricted Bequest

I give __________ Dollars ($_______) to The First Parish of Watertown, for its general charitable purposes.

To Make a Restricted Bequest

I give __________ Dollars ($_______) to The First Parish of Watertown, to be used for ________________ [describe gift purpose, e.g. “to be added to Perpetuity Fund or its Helen Robinson Wright Fund ”; “to be used to support the building fund”].

To Make a Specific Bequest

I give __________ [property description, e.g. “my residence located at 123 Main Street, Boston, Massachusetts”; “___ shares of XYZ Corporation common stock”] to The First Parish of Watertown, for its general charitable purposes.

To Make a Residuary Bequest

I give the residue of my estate to The First Parish of Watertown, for its general charitable purposes.

To Make a Percentage Bequest

I give ____ Percent (___%) of the residue of my estate to The First Parish of Watertown, for its general charitable purposes.

Planned Giving Sample Bequest Letter

TODAY’S DATE

Dear Reverend __________,

It is my/our pleasure to inform you that I/we have named The First Parish Of Watertown (FPW) of Watertown, Massachusetts, as a beneficiary of my/our estate plan. This letter signifies my/our intention to make a bequest through my/our estate plan of approximately $_________ to be used [STATE YOUR DESIRED USE FOR THE GIFT: e.g., added to FPW’s Perpetuity OR Helen Robinson Wright Fund; or to be used for general charitable purposes; etc].

This gift will take the form of being [STATE THE TYPE OF GIFT THIS IS, e.g., the sole beneficiary of my/our Individual Retirement Account (IRA), or life insurance policy, or bequest in a will/trust, bank or investment account, etc].

Understanding that this gift intention may be changed at any time I/we will inform you should I/we change my/our intent toward FPW or should the dollar value of my/our potential donation significantly increase or decrease.

I/we am/are gratified to be able to support First Parish and the wonderful work it does, both in Watertown and in the world.

Sincerely,

 

YOUR NAME(S)

ADDRESS

 

BE SURE TO KEEP A COPY OF THIS LETTER WITH YOUR ESTATE PLAN DOCUMENTS.