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2023-24 Self-Selected Annual Financial Commitment

One who gives freely ends with more (Proverbs 11:24).

What is the Self-Selected Annual Financial Commitment?
Congregation Mekor Shalom requires each household to pledge a meaningful monetary contribution for each year of membership. Each household chooses how much they are able to invest in the synagogue.  It's a Self-Selected Annual Financial Commitment instead of a set dues structure. 

What is included in the membership?
Every Self-Selected Annual Financial Commitment amount provides a full synagogue membership with all of the services and programs offered at Mekor Shalom including: 
  • High Holiday seating for up to two (2) adults, all dependent children, & dependent adults who are a part of the household unit. 
  • Lifecycle events officiated by Hazzan Sered-Lever, provided at no additional charge, including Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah training.
  • The membership provides access to a Religious School education, however, Religious School tuition is a separate charge. 

What is the Sustaining Annual Commitment?
If each household were able to make a Sustaining Annual Commitment, Mekor Shalom would be able to meet all of its financial obligations. 
At this time, if every household were able to contribute $2400 per year, Mekor Shalom could take care of the rent, professional staff, programming, supplies, etc.
For many people, a Sustaining Commitment may be out of reach.
For some, it may fit really well.

Is there a recommended amount to contribute?
It is an individual decision.  Everyone is asked to contribute an amount that reflects their personal financial capacity.
  • It may be helpful for each household to consider how much they are able to contribute in total and how frequently they will make contributions in order to fulfill the commitment by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. 
  • One may choose to make a contribution toward the pledge each month, every quarter, twice a year, or annually. 
Mekor Shalom still engages in traditional fundraising activities to offset the possibility that Self-Sustaining Annual Financial Commitments may not cover all of the congregation’s operating costs and to begin accumulating capital for the future.
What is the 10% increase recognition or the Sustaining Annual Commitment recognition?  
Households that increase their Annual Commitment by 10% or more from the previous year and/or households that give the Sustaining Annual Commitment or more will receive special recognition by having a leaf placed on the Ark curtain in their honor. 
Actual contribution figures are kept in the strictest confidence.


(Name of the person in the member household filling out this form):

Some Suggested Contribution Amounts:
  • $ 2,400.00 Sustaining Annual Commitment 
  • $ 1,800.00
  • $ 1,200.00 (Would be $100 monthly)
  • $ 1,000.00 
  • $   600.00 (Would be $50 monthly)
  • $   Another amount
Please note that a payment is not required at this time.
You will be asked to enter a commitment amount below.

By checking this box, I/we pledge the Self-Selected Annual Financial Commitment indicated above in support of Congregation Mekor Shalom and will fulfill this commitment by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
Thu, June 20 2024 14 Sivan 5784