The shul we attend, like most, collects dues. On the membership form they provide a 'helpful' chart indicating how much they think you should contribute. This is extremely problematic for many reasons:
1) It is divided by range ($30000-$40000) but each range's 'dues' are the same percentage... of the top of the range.
2) If you have less income, less of it is disposable.
3) It doesn't take into account how many people that income supports.
4) People have various financial situations which are none of the shul's business. College. Child support. Bankruptcy. Whatever.
5) I know they want to keep this more-or-less-a-business up and running. Still.
In the end, I didn't fill out the form 'correctly'. I didn't circle an 'income tier.' I attached a $100 check and ticked the box for "The financial committee can contact me to discuss alternate arrangements." I helpfully added that I sew and have done repairs on ritual items. And.... nothing. Well, not nothing: we got a new member welcome packet, a call from the Rabbi and from the President, and a directory listing. I have been mending kid-related things when I run across them (I asked first). Otherwise, I think that either a) someone wasn't really paying attention or b) they've decided we're too poor to bother with.