What does Annual Commitment mean? Instead of paying an assigned or fixed dues amount, our partners — our member households – are personally responsible to fairly assess their own commitment level and to give accordingly. Partners are invited to contribute based on what their household determines is consistent with their ability to support, sustain, perpetuate, and strengthen IHC.
We believe, and other synagogues have found, that this model is more closely aligned with contemporary Jewish culture and values. We want to empower our partners to give more and increase their support and, in fact, we hope 100% of our partners are inspired to increase their commitment gifts. Your personal contribution creates change and impacts lives while assuring a healthy and thriving financial future for IHC.
If each of our partners were able to contribute the Sustaining Amount, IHC would meet all of its financial obligations. We know there are those in our community who are not able to give the Sustaining Amount and we will never turn congregants away if they cannot. Because the Annual Commitment only covers about 60% of our budgeted expenses, we are counting on your continued generous support to the annual High Holy Day Appeal, other donations, and participation in fundraising opportunities to assure our budget is balanced.
How do we know how to set our Annual Commitment? We start by providing you with our “Sustaining Amount” determined each year by dividing the total budgeted costs (less ECC expenses as they are met with ECC fees) by the number of member households. As our partner, you are invited to make a meaningful Annual Commitment.
The 2021 Sustaining Amount has been set at $2860. This is what it costs, per member household, to operate the synagogue. We are hopeful that most of you will be able to give at the sustaining level and that those who have the means will give above (double, triple, etc.) the sustaining level. This makes it possible for everyone to connect at IHC – to Torah, God, each other, and the world – regardless of their ability to give the Sustaining Amount.
We have heard from some of you that you may need guidance on what to give. We are happy to help … just contact us!
What if I cannot afford to set my Annual Commitment at or above the Sustaining Amount? We know some households may not reach the Sustaining Amount. If you need to give less than the Sustaining Amount, do what is right for you and your family. We just ask that everyone make a meaningful gift. If you are able to give more than the Sustaining Amount, we thank you for your generosity.
How will COVID-19 affect IHC in 2021? The truth is we don’t know today what the future holds. We are continually working to manage expenses while offering all that you love about IHC. Please know we promise to keep you informed.
What does my Annual Commitment gift cover? Annual Commitment income is used to fund IHC’s basic operational budget (such expenses as salaries, utilities, building maintenance, program materials, dues to the Union for Reform Judaism). It ensures that our synagogue, clergy and staff are available every day of the year to serve the needs of our congregants. Other life cycle and program-specific fees, such as religious school tuition, Bar/Bat mitzvah and program fees (which are heavily subsidized by IHC), facility rental, will still be assessed.
What happens if I do not complete my pledge form? We need to hear from all of you by November 22 so that our Board can accurately budget for 2021. Completing the online form takes just minutes.
We thank you for being our partner because with you and your financial support, IHC can continue to build Jewish experiences that change lives, inspire meaning, and repair the world.