Charitable Giving to Religion Up Only Slightly for Large Organizations, Down Second Year for Smaller Nonprofits
Speaking as someone who is working to plant a church this is not good news. Many of us work long hours. Some of us like myself even work other full-time jobs to be able to support our families, and do God’s work. Even so finances for small churches, and Christian groups are always a struggle. We can only do so much on our own. Unless other Christians are willing to step forward, even in these difficult times and financially support those of us working to build something for the kingdom much of God’s work will remain undone.-Pastor Crutchfield
Entities Still in Recovery Mode; No Time to Decrease Charitable Giving Deduction
WINCHESTER, Va., June 6, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — While charitable giving to large ECFA-accredited nonprofits and churches increased a modest 2.4 percent in 2012, as compared with a 1.4 percent decrease for 2011, giving to small organizations continued to decline for the second consecutive year, the faith-based financial accountability organization announced today.
When adjusted for inflation, cash gifts to ECFA members with fiscal years ending Dec. 31 were $5.3 billion last year, compared with $5.1 billion for the previous year.
“Religious nonprofits are still fighting to regain their pre-2008 giving levels. When comparing pre-recession to current-giving data, giving to ECFA members is up a scant .4 percent over the six-year period,” said Dan Busby, ECFA president. “It underscores that this is a time for Congress to maintain, and even increase, charitable giving incentives for charities.”
ECFA released its latest giving figures in part one of its fourth annual State of Giving Report (www.ecfa.org). The second segment of the 2013 report will be issued in August, with the final data to be released in November.
Organizations with under $5 million in annual revenues saw cash donations decrease by 3.6 percent in 2012, while those above $5 million in revenue saw a 2 percent increase. Charities with under $1 million in annual revenues saw cash donations decrease by 9.6 percent, an even greater decrease for this group than shown in the 2011-2010 comparison, which was down 4.8 percent.
Busby continued, “The near 10 percent drop in giving to the smallest charitable organizations is especially troubling because it is the smaller charities which dot America’s landscape and provide most of the services to program recipients at the grassroots level. These small organizations comprise nearly 60 percent of the ECFA members included in this study.”
The 2011-to-2012 data is representative of 610 ECFA-accredited organizations. While ECFA currently serves more than 1,750 accredited organizations, the data on remaining organizations will be received by ECFA in the second half of 2013. Data comes directly from financial statements prepared by independent Certified Public Accountants — primarily audited financial statements — not from member organization surveys.
ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising, and board governance. To learn more about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ecfa.org or call 1-800-323-9473.