ECFA Public Policy Positions

ECFA is a national accreditation agency that helps Christ-centered ministries maintain the public's trust through adherence to ECFA's stringent financial, fundraising, and governance standards. Its over 2,600 members are 501(c)(3) organizations that adhere to explicit statements of the Christian faith as the foundation for their operations and services. The distinctive and diverse characteristics of the Christ-centered nonprofits ECFA represents make valued and vital contributions to the American society. The following public policy positions, approved by the ECFA board, outline where ECFA stands on the public policies it promotes on Capitol Hill.

Protecting the Religious Employment Practices of Churches and Religious Organizations

ECFA believes that the freedom of churches and other religious organizations to hire based on religion is:

  • A freedom acknowledged by government
  • Protected as an exercise of religious freedom
  • Safeguarded against illegitimate restrictions
  • Not to be curtailed when government funding is received


Maintaining the Charitable Deduction for Gifts to Religious Organizations

ECFA believes the nearly 100-year-old charitable deduction for gifts is important to a vibrant culture for these reasons:

  • Tax-deductable gifts foster a thriving civil society, religious freedom, and personal responsibility
  • Tax-deductable gifts do not constitute government expenditures or subsidies
  • America’s charitable sector makes a vital contribution to the public good
  • Religious charities provide their own vital contribution to the common good
  • Economic recession and growing need is a time to expand, not contract incentives for charitable giving

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Safeguarding the Tax-Exempt Status of Religious Organizations

ECFA believes that the longstanding tax-exempt status of religious organizations should be safeguarded for these reasons:

  • Tax-exempt status is a governmental acknowledgement, not a governmental gift
  • Tax-exempt status protects the free exercise of religion
  • Tax-exempt status respects the autonomy of religious organizations
  • Government must maintain a robust tax-exempt status

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