ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. Members include Christian ministries, denominations, churches, educational institutions and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.
ECFA accreditation is tangible assurance to your donors that their contributions are being handled in accordance with high standards of integrity. Having such assurance, donors will be able to give with confidence to your ministry programs.
ECFA accepts applications from evangelical ministries functioning for at least one year after receiving the IRS advance determination letter stating your organization will operate as described in section 501(c)(3).
Is this for a congregation (either local or multi-site)?
Cash contributions are those received in all
net asset classes (unrestricted, temporarily
restricted, and permanently restricted).
Special event (banquets, golf outings, etc.) revenue net of direct expenses
Private foundation grant money received
Donated marketable securities (publicly-held) received
Pledges (net pledges recorded as assets and revenue —
ECFA provides accredited organizations an option of only including
payments on pledges in cash donated income instead of net
pledges. Either method must be consistently followed for
ECFA fee calculation purposes.)
Government grants (federal, state, and local)
Noncash gifts (gifts of services, real estate, clothing, furniture, etc.) — Note: the donation of publicly-held marketable securities is considered as cash contributions for the purposes of this calculation
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