The commitment of Christian organizations to financial accountability remains high, according to the annual membership report of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which was released last month. Executive director Art Borden told CHRISTIANITY TODAY that new groups are signing up for ECFA membership at a rate of one per week, with 31 organizations becoming members so far in 1990. A total of 627 evangelical nonprofit groups are currently members of ECFA, according to the report.

However, Borden said that while 1990 looks as if it will be ECFA’s third-best year in signing new members, growth has “slowed considerably” from the previous two years. “There hasn’t been a crisis to bring this to people’s attention like we’ve had in the past,” Borden said. “That’s good news, but it makes it easier for us to be put on the back burner.”

Member organizations submit to uniform standards of good governance, financial practice and disclosure, and fund-raising ethics. All members must also voluntarily submit to an annual review to assure continued compliance with the standards. Twelve on-site reviews have been completed so far in 1990, with more scheduled for the year.


Since January 1989, the memberships of Manna Bible Institute of Philadelphia and Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc., of Pittsburgh were terminated by the ECFA board because those organizations did not provide the information requested for their annual evaluations, Borden said. Freedom Ministries/Dallas Can also resigned at the request of ECFA for the same reason.

The annual report also noted that 15 organizations have resigned voluntarily from ECFA since January 1989, including several well-known groups, such as the U.S. Center for World Mission, ...

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