2013 ECFA Global Missions State of Giving Report

May 21, 2013

Annual Charitable Giving Reflects Modest Increases

Giving Study of Global Mission Ministries Continues to Evidence Donor Generosity

WINCHESTER, Va. — ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today that annual cash charitable giving to ECFA-accredited global mission organizations reflected a modest increase between 2011 and 2012 based on part one of the 2013 ECFA Global Missions State of Giving Report. It reflects the overall economic uncertainty of the nation, with total cash donations of $740 million in 2012, a 2% increase from the previous year’s $726 million. The ECFA State of Giving Report covering organizations of all types reflects an increase of 6.9% for giving between 2011 and 2012.

“As many American families experience shrinking discretionary funds, givers to global missions are increasingly challenged to maintain previous levels of support,” said Dan Busby, ECFA president. “Nevertheless, Christ-followers continue to demonstrate commitment to wise and generous stewardship of their God-given resources to support His mission.”

ECFA’s Global Missions State of Giving Report includes 79 ministries—73 primarily focused on international missions, 4 on missions in the U.S., and 2 on short-term missions. The total annual revenue for the 79 ministries was over $811 million, with total cash charitable gifts ranging from a high of over $162 million to less than $100,000.

For mission organizations with annual revenue under $1 million, cash donations decreased by 1.1%. Ministries in the $1 million to $5 million revenue range experienced a 4% increase. Those in the $5 million to $10 million revenue range were up 3.6%. Those in the $10 million to $25 million revenue range were up 2.8%. Ministries in the $25 million to $50 million revenue range were up 1.9%, and ministries above $50 million in revenue were down 0.2%.

Part one of the ECFA Global Missions State of Giving Report covers giving activity within one portion of ECFA membership: mission organizations with accreditation renewed in the first five months of 2013. The full report on giving activity among all ECFA members is scheduled for release in October 2013.


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