Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying specific standards of stewardship to accredited organizations. Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance.
Each of the nearly 1,900 accredited members of ECFA is in compliance with ECFA’s Standards and has functioned for at least 12 months after receiving its 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS (waived for churches that have operated for at least 12 months). ECFA accreditation entitles a ministry to use the ECFA seal and receive other ECFA benefits. The continuing use of the seal depends on the ministry’s good faith compliance with all of the ECFA standards.