Annual Stewardship Drive
Frequently asked questions about pledging.

“All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.”                                                 -1 Chronicles 29:14

What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources, including financial resources. St. Matthew’s Church, like any community organization, needs the financial support of its membership! Our Annual Stewardship Drive covers roughly 70% of the church’s operating budget. We need every member of the parish to pledge.  A pledge is a non-binding, annual financial commitment to St. Matthew’s Church.

How do I make my pledge?
Simply mail in the pledge card you received in the mail; pledge online by logging in to Realm; or call the Parish House at (914) 234-9636. 

What do parishioners pledge?
Pledges range from $50 to $100,000. The average pledge is around $3,000. All pledges, no matter their size, are vital to St. Matthew’s.

When should I make my pledge?
As soon as you can! The Vestry sets the budget for next year in January. Pledges received early play a large part in determining that budget.  We recognize all of our donors in an insert in the Easter service bulletin.

How do I fulfill my pledge?
How and when you fulfill your pledge is up to you. Many pay by cash or check with envelopes we provide. Others pay by credit card. Still others donate appreciated stock.  Either fill out the information on the pledge card or pay by credit card via Realm in any frequency you wish.  To donate stock, contact Kelly Napolitano in the Parish office.

We are grateful for your support.

To pledge and/or pay online using Realm.

Pledging on Realm

Realm logoIt is simple to pledge on Realm.  Log in to your account (if you are having trouble setting up your Realm account, call Kelly at 914.234.9636 for help).  Go to the "Giving" tab on the left.

Your giving page will open showing your pledges and contributions.  Click on "+Pledge" at the top to add your new pledge.  ON the "Pledge Now" page, enter the full amount of your annual pledge and choose "2019 ASD" from the drop-down list of campaigns.  Because we pledge annually, choose "Annually" from the dropdown list  "Frequency."

Click on "Save pledge."  If you wish to go ahead and arrange for automatic credit card payments on your pledge, click on "Save and set up online gift."  You may also do this later.