ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

One of many memorable scenes in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia is in the first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The four main characters—Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter—had spent a day with two beavers, and the conversation had gotten around to Aslan. When Mr. Beaver informed them that Aslan was a lion, Lucy became alarmed.

“Then he isn’t safe?” she asked.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the third blog in our series about presenters at the upcoming 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries. Here are John Butler’s email responses to a series of questions about his presentation. John is tax counsel with CapinCrouse LLP. His session is titled, “Tax and Legislative Developments: Long-Term Issues and Hot Short-Term Issues.”  [read more]

by Mark Jones

In September 2011, many nonprofits experienced a drop in their ratings on Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Charity Navigator’s significant shift in their rating system of nonprofits was the cause of this drop. Their new system, Charity Navigator 2.0, incorporates two new dimensions. In addition to examining financial health, they now examine accountability and transparency. [read more]

by Bethany Plumb

When I first heard about Orphan Sunday, I pictured a church pep-rally of sorts—complete with adoption cheerleading and success-story goose bumps. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the second blog in our series of interviews with presenters at the upcoming 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries. This time I spoke with Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). His session is titled, “What Is Happening on Capital Hill Impacting Churches and Nonprofits?”  [read more]