Givers can donate to a nonprofit more joyfully by knowing how a charity's funds are spent, and that the charity's appeals for donations are truthful and accurate.
"Enhancing trust is essential for faith-based and all other nonprofits, as donations are more scarce in this challenging economic environment," Busby said. "Every donor has the right to know what a gift will accomplish. Every donor should receive a prompt, straightforward, courteous response to their questions about its fiscal health and agenda."
To assist donors making giving decisions, ECFA has prepared a pair of checklists. In "Six Things Every Giver Should Know" ( www.ecfa.org/Content/
To that end, ECFA offers ServantMatch® ( www.ecfa.org/ServantMatch.aspx
In the tip sheet "Good Charities Willingly Answer Tough Questions" (www.ecfa.org/Content/
Donors considering gifts to faith-based charities may look with confidence to those that have received the ECFA seal of approval as worthy recipients of charitable donations, Busby said.
"The ECFA seal signifies a voluntary commitment of accountability to the giver by the organization," he said. "The only charities that can receive the seal are those that endorse ECFA's Scripture-drawn Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship(tm), which are essential to operating a ministry with integrity and transparency."
Surveys show that ECFA membership factors significantly into donation decisions. Christian donors increasingly look for the ECFA seal of integrity, accountability and sound financial practices before they give.
ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. To learn more about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ecfa.org or call 1-800-323-9473.