ECFA Commemorates 2,100th-Member Milestone

August 25, 2016

Financial Accreditation Org. Adds Teen Challenge of St. Louis

WINCHESTER, Va., Aug. 25, 2016—Teen Challenge of St. Louis became the 2,100th member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). As members of ECFA, organizations must adhere to the highest standards of financial integrity and Christian ethics, and membership offers tangible evidence of this to donors, volunteers and other audiences.

“We are thrilled that organizations like Teen Challenge of St. Louis continue to seek ECFA membership in order to instill confidence with supporters and in their community,” said ECFA President Dan Busby. “Every person, Christian or non-Christian, can assuredly trust ECFA members when choosing to support causes about which they are passionate. Our 2,100 members exemplify financial accountability and transparency.”

Celebrating 50 years of restoring broken lives, Teen Challenge of St. Louis is the last hope for many of its students whose lives have been shattered by drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction. This faith-based organization was founded in 1966 in New York City and has expanded to 250 national and 1,000 international autonomous centers. Despite its name, Teen Challenge of St. Louis provides residential care for men and women, ages 18 – 35, in a structured, multi-phased training program. Freedom from addiction is achieved in a family-style environment where each student receives personal mentoring, practical application teaching of Christian values in Bible-based classes, work therapy and the opportunity to attain GED accreditation. Teen Challenge of St. Louis offers a nearly free service for the four – 14 month program from which more than 3,000 graduates are living productive lives.

“We are proud to qualify for ECFA membership,” said C.R. Kersten, executive director of Teen Challenge of St. Louis. “We are committed to integrity and excellence in managing our finances, and in serving and loving our community, and this accreditation validates our efforts.”

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. For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit or call 800.323.9473.

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