Accord Network was founded in 1978. It represents a network of more than 60 of the major evangelical Christian relief and development agencies across North America. Accord is a professional forum for nonprofit Christian agencies and individuals engaged in relief and development work. Accord exists to promote excellence in professional practice; to foster networking, collaboration and information exchange; and to enable its membership to effectively support the Church in serving the poor and needy.
The mission of the American Institute of Philanthropy, a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service, is to maximize the effectiveness of every dollar contributed to charity by providing donors with the information they need to make more informed giving decisions.
The ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. Founded in 1979, it is comprised of more than 1,100 charitable, religious, missionary, social and educational tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. ECFA’s Standards of Responsible Stewardship focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising, and proper use of charity resources.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations that are the subject of donor inquiries. These reports include an evaluation of the subject charity in relation to the voluntary BBB charity standards. The Alliance offers guidance to donors on making informed giving decisions through charity evaluations, various “Tips” publications, and publishes the quarterly Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide.
This article, entitled Ministry or Mammon?, focuses on the efforts of the ECFA and Wall Watchers (see related links).
MinistryWatch.com profiles public charities and church and para-church ministries. It is also a place to learn how to be a responsible giver. MinistryWatch.com is an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors. It provides information on organizations alleging to be charitable and its key leadership in order to identify materially misleading behavior, or wasteful spending practices, as well as identifying those operations that are above board and running efficiently. The objective is to limit consequences of scams and prevention of fraudulent activity, promote better allocations of giving, encourage intelligent questions of organizational structure, financial health, and advance the idea of organizational transparency and best practices.
Wall Watchers is an independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors. Wall Watchers seeks to provide the truth of stewardship for donors and then to help donors obtain accurate, detailed information about Christian ministries in the Christian ministry marketplace.