Fund Small Ministry's ECFA costs- 0947-10 March 2010

             TO:   All Interested Onliners                                                                                            FROM: Jim Bramer. Retired Auditor-CPA
                                                                                                                                                             FILE:   0947-10/fwi

              RE:  Funding ECFA's  Membership costs                                                                 Originated in February 2010 


   Today's "FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH"  Editorial      

PERSPECTIVE :   

                All  Christ Centered Ministries  must have financial integrity.   This applies to all Churches (especially those that are independent or non denominational) but this seems especially true for Non-Church endeavors who are financially supported by the general Christian public and not by their members or their congregation.   I am thinking about those small ones that are described when you  Go Here.  Of course, they can obtain this needed external provided financial credibility via the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)  membership that includes at least the following:

     >>       The ECFA requires each of their members to have an annual CPA-Auditor relationship.  The least expensive of
             such an assignment is called, not an audit per se, but a �Compilation� that is described when you Go Here.
     >>       There is a one-time  ECFA membership application fee of some $350.00.
     >>        Plus there is the annual membership ECFA fees of some $500.00.
                 
                                                                                                     PROPOSAL:        

                Most of these Small Ministries have difficulty even meeting their needed operational expenses, so it exceptionally difficult for them to afford the costs of the annual CPA-Auditor services plus the ECFA membership.  I propose the following within this context:

     >>          Ministry savvy CPA-Audit firms should provide inexpensive remote annual Compilation services.  Remote issues
             for such an assignment like the following can be fully utilized in today's �Internet Friendly� environment.  

     1>       It is NOT necessary for the staff of a Ministry savvy CPA-Audit firm to go to the client � no travel costs, etc.

     2>      The member's entire Computerized set of books
(like QuickBooks for example) can readily be available
             to the CPA-Audit firm for placement within the Auditor's computer system.

     3>       The needed interaction between the client and the CPA-Auditor can take place via such Internet
           resources as telephone conferences while viewing the respective computer desktops plus via
           the free Internet product known as �Skype.�     We have an overseas Missionary grand-daughter
           and how special it is for us to use �Skype� Internet resources to see her and for her to see us as
           we talk with one another.

     >>   I would hope that ECFA would establish a system that will financially assist such qualified members to pay for both their essential annual CPA-Auditor fees plus their ECFA costs.  This could be accomplished by ECFA establishing a well advertised donor provided �Special Purpose Fund� that would have specific conditions that a member must meet in order to qualify for such help.  Ideas along these lines could include: 

     1>       This member's Board of Directors must handle their finances in specified ways -  examples:  >>  Compliance
            with written financial policies that ECFA is satisfied with;  >>  Have an applicable Treasurer and a Finance
            Committee of their Board;  >>  Limited financial control by the Founders (or the Ministry dominate person) and
            their family. 

     2>       This proposed  ECFA �Special Purpose Fund�  could pay for all such costs, but it probably should pay for only an
            understood percentage of said ECFA membership and the CPA - Auditor fees/costs,  The Ministry MUST
            first pay them and then apply to this ECFA resource for their understood reimbursement amount, etc.

     >>   I also believe that at least every other year their Ministry savvy CPA-Audit firm should grade these clients with ECFA getting a copy.  Of course, bad grades would need to be addressed.  See grade report matters when you Go Here.

     >>   There has also been some discussion about ECFA being provided with the capital to fund an �Endowment Fund�  whose earnings would fund the activity of this proposed ECFA  �Special Purpose Fund�  that is mentioned above.
 

        Please contact me at  Jim@bcidot.org  if you have comments or questions about any of this.                                                    

K E E P   L O O K I N G   U P !!

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