Donors to charities during this year-end season for celebration and sharing may give with confidence by taking a few moments to learn whether a charity operates with integrity and is a trustworthy steward of its resources, says Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that demonstrate compliance with standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance.

Givers can donate to a nonprofit more joyfully by knowing how a charity’s funds are spent and that the charity’s appeals for donations are truthful and accurate.

“Enhancing trust is essential for faith-based and all other nonprofits, as donations are more scarce in this challenging economic environment,” Busby said. “Every donor has the right to know what a gift will accomplish. Every donor should receive a prompt, straightforward, courteous response to their questions about its fiscal health and agenda.”

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