Givers know that an ECFA accredited church or nonprofit is complying with all of ECFA’s standards – all the time. This enhances the trust of givers and provides more resources for churches and nonprofits to carry out their missions.
For these reasons – and more – churches and nonprofits voluntarily apply for accreditation, and once accredited, allow ECFA to hold them accountable to high standards of integrity.
The statements reflected below are illustrative of the reasons ECFA accredited organizations value their accreditation.
ECFA gives us high standards to attain and creates a culture of transparency and accountability. It makes us better.
Andy Lehman, Vice President, Lifesong for Orphans
ECFA gives us credibility with our potential donors. When donors see that we are a member of ECFA, it raises their comfort level and confidence in our ministry.
Bert L. Jones, President, GO InterNational
We deeply appreciate the professionalism combined with the spiritual emphasis that the ECFA brings to us via conferences, phone calls, written material, as well as its onsite and distance reviews!
Bill Johnson, CEO, American Decency Association
ECFA is of great importance to the evangelical community, as it provides an accrediting agency to which we self-report our financial and fundraising information for review. We believe that the ECFA seal is very important for CRISTA as we work to gain and maintain public respect and confidence in our ministry operations.
Bob Lonac, President & CEO, CRISTA Ministries
The initials ECFA are synonymous with quality, accountability, and integrity. We work hard to stay accountable to ECFA because we know the high value placed on being an ECFA member.
Brad Meuli, President/CEO, Denver Rescue Mission
The most valuable part of ECFA is their Standards & Best Practices. These have helped our organization remain ethical and appropriate in each financial and fundraising decision while serving hundreds of people every year. ECFA has always been the place we turn for guidance and advice.
Bradley Aldrich, Executive Director, Family Resource and Counseling Center
What a great and informative website ECFA has created! We love the ServantMatch feature. We are excited and proud to be associated with ECFA.
Cindy Sunday Powell, Executive Director, Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN)
We have relied on ECFA for over 20 years. We regularly use the documents in ECFA's Knowledge Center. I keep the ECFA webpage as my homepage and review it daily. We give thanks and praise for the folks at ECFA. God bless you and keep up the good work!
Classie Scott, Associate CFO, Champions for Life dba Bill Glass Behind the Walls
LifeChurch.tv’s accreditation by ECFA serves as a clear statement of assurance to our attendees, our donors, and to the public that we conduct Kingdom business with integrity and accountability.
Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor, Life Church
Our membership with ECFA provides great value as we implement best practices for nonprofits as recommended by the auditors. Our donors know that we hold to the highest possible standard as we serve in ministry.
Darcy Harper, Service Center Coordinator, Ambassadors for Christ International-USA
Our membership provides us the confidence of knowing we have been reviewed by our peers and meet the standards and best practices that should characterize stewards of God’s resources.
Dave Guiles, Executive Director, Encompass World Partners
As we pursue excellence in our mission, it is critical that we seek accountability in our financial matters. Our constituents and donors deserve to know that our integrity, honesty, and stewardship are examined carefully and thoroughly by a third-party. ECFA provides that for us!
David Delph, Headmaster, Trinity Christian Academy
The Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship reflect the values of our organization. ECFA membership assures donors that we seek to be good stewards. ECFA is a valued partner in the ministry of Hope Haven.
David R. Van Ningen, CEO, Hope Haven
While in the midst of a very busy season of ministry, we had a review by ECFA. The reviewer was most helpful, patiently explaining where we could make improvements in our ministry so that we could steward the resources God provides with excellence.
Dick Anderson, Executive Director, ORPHANetwork
I appreciate the opportunity ECFA provides for organizations such as ours to walk in a responsible measure of accountability to a watching world and to the Christian community.
Dick Leggatt, President, Derek Prince Ministries
ECFA has helped our global outreach to marriages, families and orphans. We are advocates and partners with a number of ministries and we only consider “partnering” with those ministries that are ECFA members. ECFA brings confidence and increase trust to individuals, donors and ministry leaders.
Dr. Dennis Rainey, Host, Family Life Ministries
We are thrilled to be a member of ECFA, and are well aware of the value and importance of this moment in our ministry's history. We plan to represent ECFA well in the years ahead.
Dr. Douglas E. Millham, President, Discover the World
We appreciate not only the accountability of ECFA, but also the resource this organization is to nonprofits. We have learned much from ECFA which allows our ministry to be one of integrity.
Dr. Jay Jackson, Executive Director, Wales Goebel Ministry
There has never been a more critical time in the history of the church when the larger public is suspicious of ethical standards practiced by the church. However, being a member of ECFA holds a ministry to the highest ethical standard and accountability.
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
ECFA has served nonprofit organizations as a signature of fiscal credibility for decades. At Cornerstone University we feel both supported and enabled by our longstanding relationship with ECFA and are proud to be an ongoing partner in communicating our commitment to doing God's business God's way.
Dr. Joseph Stowell, President, Cornerstone University
I am pleased that the Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center is accredited by ECFA. They provide tools and resources for the general, district, and local church to help us be consistent in our understanding of faithful financial stewardship.
Dr. Marilyn J. McCool, General Treasurer, The Church of the Nazarene, Inc.
I am continually grateful to the ECFA team for keeping us compliant with the highest standards of financial accountability. Their tireless pursuit of excellence helps all of us better serve Christ and our constituents.
Dr. Mimi Haddad, President, Christians for Biblical Equality
ECFA membership is valuable to our organization in several respects. The wealth of quality information provided on the website, in printed materials, via webinars, and newsletters for our board of directors is helpful in keeping our financial practices on target with existing financial standards and the expectations of our
Ellen Abramson, Founding President, ASON International
When two other area organizations were imploding due to financial accountably issues, the phone rang off the hook with calls from the media wanting to know how we were different. Sharing ECFA standards for accountability with the media allowed Hiway 80 Rescue Mission to show how we were good stewards.
Eric Burger, Executive Director, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Ministries
French Camp Academy has enjoyed 24 years of membership with ECFA. Placing the ECFA seal on letters and on our website gives our donors assurance and confidence that their contributions are being handled with integrity. Having the ECFA partnership and endorsement is extremely important.
F. Stewart Edwards, Jr., President, French Camp Academy
We appreciate the oversight and resources of ECFA. Being a member of ECFA assures our members and donors that we do business transparently and with integrity. In a time of scandal and moral bankruptcy, this is imperative!
Finn Laursen, Executive Director, Christian Educators Association International
We appreciate the integrity and professionalism of ECFA and are very honored to be a part of this organization.
Gail Slocum, CFO, Care Net Resource Pregnancy Centers
We understand we are stewards of this ministry. As a result we joined the ECFA very early in our history and we strive to maintain their highest standards.
Gary Kendall, Lead Pastor, Indian Creek Community Church of God
I deeply appreciate the role of ECFA in helping both large and small ministries maintain fiscal and operational integrity. As the complexities of government compliance grow, we appreciate the clarity ECFA provides on these matters.
George Brown, Executive Director, European Christian Mission International
Every organization needs a friend who is also an accountability partner when it comes to money and Biblical stewardship. ECFA has been that for me personally, and this ministry too. It is a guard from greed and financial dishonesty, and we all need it.
Gil A. Stricklin, Chairman and CEO, Marketplace Ministries
ECFA is a valuable source of information and guidance for Faith Christian Church as we endeavor to grow in ministry integrity. Our ECFA membership demonstrates to others that financial integrity is of the highest importance to our church leadership!
Ian Laks, Executive Pastor, Faith Christian Church
ECFA faithfully exhibits biblical accountability and uprightness in its engagement with ministries and organizations. Awana’s 60-plus years of ministry continually reinforces the importance of co-laboring with ECFA.
Jack Eggar, President, Awana Clubs International
ECFA has become an integral part of our ministry in consistently stretching our mind to new dimensions and deeper values for sound thinking and disciplined action.
James Lukose, CEO, Wayside Cross Ministries
The role ECFA plays in promoting the highest standards of integrity and responsibility in our financial affairs is invaluable to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Jeffrey Jeremiah, Executive Pastor, Evangelical Presbyterian Church
The ECFA seal assures donors that our records and procedures have been carefully scrutinized, and that we are being fully accountable for responsible stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. This instills con?dence in our mission objectives and execution as we partner together to see people enter the kingdom of God.
Jentezen Franklin, Pastor, Free Chapel
ECFA is a critical partner to Focus on the Family because we believe that transparency is a healthy attribute in the Christian walk. ECFA provides solid accountability in regard to financial transparency to Focus on the Family and its leadership.
Jim Daly, President & CEO, Focus on the Family
The ECFA standards are important to us and our donors—giving confidence to those who invest in our mission. In an age of ethical decline, it’s essential that Christian organizations operate at a high standard.
Jim Sprague, Executive Director, Pregnancy Resource Center
Integrity, reliability, and fiscal trustworthiness! Every Christian leader I know would love to have their nonprofit ministry assessed in such favorable light. Through prayer, strong core values, hard work, solid financial principles, and accountability—this is why ECFA plays such a critical role.
Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO, Joni and Friends
ECFA has a high standard of accountability, requires financial transparency and oversight, and has earned a credible reputation for trustworthiness. We share these same values and want to strive to maintain them, both for our church and the watching world.
Josh Paterson, Lead Pastor, The Village Church
To those considering financial gifts during this season of recovery and rebuilding, the seal of ECFA's excellence and integrity speaks volumes. Thank you for the work you do every day to prepare us for unsuspecting storms.
Karolyn Schrage, Executive Director, LifeChoices
In a world of eroding standards, ECFA sets the bar high. We are blessed by our partnership with ECFA and consider it a vital part of our on-going mission strategy.
Kevin McCollum, President, Lightbearers Ministries International
ECFA is all about doing the Lord’s work in a way that is above reproach. We are grateful to God for ECFA, what they stand for, the help they render, and the high standards of excellence they set.
Lowell Wertz, CEO, Joy in the Harvest
ECFA provides the expertise and resources which our small nonprofit does not have internally. I often hear that our faithful supporters appreciate that we are members of ECFA.
Lynnette K. Goebel, Director of Operations, Rural Home Missionary Association
What a privilege to be a part of ECFA! Your seal of approval is an important part of moving Hearts in Action to new levels for greater projects and the advancement of the kingdom of God. We look forward to communicating with you for guidance and information.
Mario Babarczy, Founding Director, Hearts In Action International
I voraciously read the quarterly newsletter cover to cover to glean new information that will help us serve with greater transparency & trustworthiness. I appreciate the information that helps prepare our ministry for the future. We love having the ECFA seal on our printed materials because it brings assurance to donors.
Mary Jayne Fogerty, Executive Director, Thrive Women's Clinic
We greatly appreciate the assistance of ECFA in helping our ministry achieve and maintain standards and best practices. We are also grateful for the work ECFA does in representing us on Capitol Hill.
Mary LeQuieu, Executive Director, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Albuquerque
Financial responsibility and accountability is an ongoing and primary concern in all we do. We take seriously our duty and responsibility to be good stewards. Being a member of ECFA is an important aspect of assuring our donors that we are financially accountable.
Michael J. Rideout, President/CEO, Union Gospel Mission of Salem
ECFA membership is important to CBN because ECFA is the national standard of financial integrity.
Michael Little, President & COO, The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
To ensure accountability and donor confidence, Forest Hill Church became an ECFA accredited church. We rely upon ECFA for guidance and expertise and we encourage other churches to pursue accreditation.
Nick Dusenbury, Director of Finance, Forest Hill Church
Our partnership with ECFA is a great incentive to our donors who give generously because they trust our financial accountability. It gives me great confidence that I am truly protecting the integrity of the ministry and safeguarding the trust put in this organization.
P. Joseph Raju, Executive Director, Gospel Missions of India
The standards set by ECFA are rich with the integrity that we feel is part of the DNA of the ministry of Church Extension Plan. The result is that our relationship with ECFA has been very affirming.
Patrick L. Clements, President, Church Extension Plan
Because of our high regard for ECFA, we made a commitment to be an accredited member of this excellent organization. ECFA has provided us with sound guidance of our stewardship of His resources. I am extremely thankful for the services that ECFA provides and highly recommend that every Christian nonprofit become a member.
Paul R. Madson, President, Global Training Network
We watch with admiration and applaud the excellence and membership growth ECFA is experiencing under your leadership. We fly the "ECFA flag" proudly at ABHE and promote membership among our colleges as well.
Ralph E. Enlow, Jr., President, Association for Biblical Higher Education
Our church joined ECFA because we want to be a part of an organization known for promoting integrity and accountability in churches. We encourage other churches to join and maintain high standards to the glory of God.
Randy Pope, Senior Pastor, Perimeter Church
The significance of ECFA’s ministry to our camp came into clearer focus after I attended the fall regional workshop. Thank you for keeping your ears and eyes open to trends and issues on the national level. The quarterly Focus newsletter is now read with heightened interest and is shared with our board of directors.
Rev. Bill Abeler, Executive Director, Camp Lebanon
Being able to display the ECFA symbol on our promotional material gives donors and potential donors an added measure of confidence in our organization. It is a mark of distinction.
Rev. Phillip Reed, President, Voice of Calvary Ministries
Displaying the ECFA Seal of Approval enhances our credibility and shows our donors we hold to high standards of accountability and transparency! I encourage all rescue ministries to join ECFA!
Rev. Richard A. Alvis, President/CEO, Wheeler Mission Ministries
We are very pleased to be a member of ECFA and thereby to convey to the public that we subscribe to the highest ethical standards and choose to be held accountable to them. ECFA is a valuable asset to Christian City.
Robert L. Crutchfield, President & CEO, Christian City
We aspire to operate with Christ-like excellence, and ECFA not only helps identify those standards, they hold us accountable to them. ECFA membership is vital for organizations who desire to represent the body of Christ, as it helps to ensure proper accountability and financial stewardship for ‘a time such as this’.
Scott Hasenbalg, Executive Director, Show Hope
ECFA is a partner that helps us improve constantly, a coach that sets a clear standard, and an operational resource that encourages us throughout the year. We are thankful!
Scott Vander Kooy, Executive Director, Worldwide Christian Schools
The standards set by ECFA demonstrate excellence in governance, leadership and finances. The ECFA seal is a visual reminder to our members, guests and the community that Trinity is devoted to accountability and excellence.
Terisa Clark, CFO, Trinity Church of Lubbock
ECFA is a trusted partner for accountability, information, and advocacy.
Thomas J. Laymon, President/CEO, Sunday Breakfast Mission
We became a member because of ECFA's strong reputation of guiding Christian ministries in the area of organizational excellence with Christian commitment. Membership in ECFA is a "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval that our donors, vendors, and friends look for.
Thomas Lothamer, Executive Director, Life Matters Worldwide
“The ECFA membership assures our donors that GCM practices sound financial stewardship and with integrity. It keeps us accountable to a high standard and to a third party.”
Thomas Mauriello, Executive Director, Reliant Mission
The ECFA seal communicates a level of security for our donors that we cannot convey ourselves. Having an independent agency ensures compliance and takes the risk out of their contribution to our ministry.
Tim Lewis, Executive Director, Joy Ranch
We belong to ECFA because it is a powerful way to let our donors know that we operate with integrity, accountability and transparency. Having the ECFA seal helps us stay on their list of who they want to support.
Tim McDermott, President/General Manager, KSBJ Educational Foundation
Our goal is to set a standard that will bring glory to God. ECFA helps us do just that!
Tim Stickel, Executive Director, Crossroads Pregnancy Center
ECFA’s standards help us to adhere to boundaries and keep us far from crossing the line. A commitment to transparency and accountability results in trust which is foundational to donor and organizational relationship. ECFA helps us build that foundation of trust.
Timothy Ramsey, Executive Director, LATCOM
Having the ECFA logo on our letter head signals our commitment to financial accountability. It is an honor to partner with you.
Warren Samuels, President, NEXT Worldwide
Today’s donor values integrity and effectiveness. Our ECFA membership assures our donor that HCJB is accountable. ECFA membership is indispensable to HCJB and puts HCJB in a high caliber network of like-minded ministries that builds trust with our donors.
Wayne Pederson, President, Reach Beyond