The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) released their second Annual State of Giving Report.
Donations to all of their members in 2010 increased by 5.8% over 2009.
A few comments on interpreting the data.
First, the data is for 2010, so it may be a bit stale, but the data is really solid. It is based on the financial statements submitted by their members, which means a CPA was involved in reporting on the numbers either through an audit, review, or compilation. Also, the statistic is based on all of their members and is not a survey. Finally, it is based on a complete population, excluding organizations that were not members a year earlier. Therefore, this is a good indicator of trends.
Comments on the first annual report are here.
A few highlights of changes in 2010 by sector:
- child sponsorship +24.3
- Adoption +14.7%
- church – denomination +4.4
- church – local +4.6%
- missions – international -1.9%
- missions – domestic -1.7%
- missions – short-term +13.4%
- medical -15.8%
See the full article at 2011 ECFA Annual State of Giving Report.