Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Web Tool Matches Donors with Giving Opportunities; ECFA 'ServantMatch' Available in Time for Year-End Giving

New Web Tool Matches Donors with Giving Opportunities; ECFA 'ServantMatch' Available in Time for Year-End Giving

WINCHESTER, Va., Nov. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- "ServantMatch," a new, one-of- a-kind tool matching donors with specific ministries and other faith-based nonprofits, has been launched by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) on its website,

With "ServantMatch," donors will be able to go from ECFA's website to the "ServantMatch" link ( and choose the type of organization to which they would like to give. They then can view and research all of the organizations that have related giving opportunities within each of the categories and subcategories.

For example, those wishing to give to hunger relief in Africa would do a search by the category "Disaster Relief & Development," then by the subcategory "Hunger Relief" and then "Africa." A variety of relief organizations engaged in hunger relief will come up for their review.

ECFA members are among the most well-respected and trusted faith-based nonprofits in the world. By utilizing the ECFA website and "ServantMatch," donors can determine if a ministry is an ECFA member, what the organization's mission is, review important financial information about the ministry and then be linked directly to the ministry's web site for giving.

ECFA currently has more than 1,300 active members. Approximately 250 different giving opportunities are showcased in "ServantMatch" initially. Other member ministries will be added to the site in the coming months.

"The timing of the launch, just as year-end donation plans are being formulated, is very appropriate," said Dan Busby, acting ECFA president.

According to Busby, more than 1.5 million visits come to ECFA's website each year. Many view one or more member profiles on the site.

"This is a one-stop shop for donors," he said. "From our website, donors can go directly to a particular member donor page and give, whereas before, they might have had to search many different websites individually before they finally found the ministry for which they were looking."

"We at Prison Fellowship are thrilled about 'ServantMatch,'" said Alan Terwilleger, senior vice president of Prison Fellowship Ministries. "ECFA has become a trusted seal of approval for our supporters, and we are pleased that we can now be introduced to new potential supporters through this service that links God's people to giving opportunities with us."

ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to evangelical Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fund-raising and board governance. For more information about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit or call 1-800-323-9473.

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