When you donate to Westside, you practice generosity and support the work we do to create love, justice and peace in the world. We receive no financial support beyond that offered by members, friends and the rental of our home. Read on to learn about a variety of ways to contribute!
Stewardship – Pledging
2021 Stewardship Campaign
If the Seattle Freeze keeps people here from knowing and trusting one another, Westside is that warm fire that welcomes all to gather around - in love, in justice, and in peace.
“I have been so impressed and grateful for the membership of our congregation that have seen this community through some very difficult interim years…
Our leadership is strong, our membership is committed, and I know we will sustain this congregation into the future.” - Rev. Peg Morgan, Minister Emeritus
“The story is not over! There are many wonderful destinations on this joyous and sometimes challenging journey. Investing in that journey will pay timeless dividends.” - Rev. Mark Newton, Chaplain Emeritus
Like the dandelion, Westside blossoms even in difficult situations, the seeds our people, who take the spirit and support they find at Westside to care for themselves and their community.
“This place, this community, reminds us that by supporting one another and working through tough issues, we are making meaning of our lives, and maybe we
are saving the lives of others in ways that we don’t even know about. Westside is worth fighting for and worth investing in.” - Tracy Burrows, 25 Year Member
“Our pledges are our single most important source of financial resiliency, and they need some love and attention! Resilience requires meaningful financial gifts
from all of us. Let us be there for each other in spirit as well as with our financial gifts.” - Shelley Webb, Treasurer
With the support of everyone at Westside, we are ready: to welcome new seekers, to commit to going deeper still, to engage in the work that liberates us and the world.
“It is no surprise to me that over the past year we have been ready to care for each other, ready for accountability, ready to get creative about how we stay
connected, and ready to find peace during uncertainty. It has been a great comfort to me to know that if tragedy touches my life, my Westside community will be there,
ready to hold me.” - Simon Knaphus, Nominating Committee
If you prefer a paper version Click here to download and print a form. Forms should be mailed to 7141 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136.
How much should I pledge?
That's a great question. Many of our congregants are giving for their first time and would like some guidance. We can't tell you the right amount for you but we do ask that you make a meaningful gift. Westside's average pledge is $2200 annually. Click here for the fair share contribution guide from the UUA. Fair Share Givers commit between 2 percent and 10 percent of their household income, based on their ability to give and their commitment to our church. We build our annual budget based on these financial commitments. Typically we hold our pledge drive annually in the spring but a pledge can be made at any time.
Online and Text Giving
Using Westside's secure online giving page you can give a one-time gift, set up a pledge, make a pledge payment, contribute to our campaign to buy an elevator and more.
We also offer a convenient Give by Text service. These donations are shared with our selected community charity of the month. Simply send a text to 888-530-9056 and enter "$" and the amount you would like to donate. The first time you give you will be prompted to set up payment information but subsequent gifts will not require those steps. To update your payment setting please text "edit" to the same number. Many of our members use Give by Text for the offering during our Sunday Services and find it convenient for the days they don't have cash on hand. Please contact our office with any questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Merchant Fundraising – Shopping to Benefit Westside
Westside is a part of a few merchant fundraising programs. These relationships allow members and friends to shop for items and services at no additional cost and have Westside benefits. See the businesses below and help support Westside!
1% Cash Back from West Seattle Thriftway
Our Gatewood neighbor, West Seattle Thriftway will give 1% of purchases made to Westside! Please save your receipts and deposit them in the box marked "1% Back from Thriftway" in our narthex. All purchases apply except gift cards.
Bartell Drugs ‘B’ Caring Cards
Bartell Drug Store gives us 5% of your qualifying purchases. Sign up at the store checking our congregation's name on the back of the form. They will give you a little plastic card that will link your total dollars spent to our congregation.