ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

Here’s another reminder of our recovering economy. Giving USA reported that donations from individuals increased 4% in 2012. Religious nonprofits received 32% of all donations to nonprofits.

However, not all appears rosy. For example, when adjusted for inflation, giving only increased 1.5%, and overall giving to religious nonprofits was down 2%. And giving still hasn’t come back to 2007 levels. [read more]

by Mark Jones

With 87% of the U.S. adult population now carrying mobile phones, (52% of them Internet-enabled smartphones), people are changing the way they buy things.

According to a survey recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank, 15% of mobile phone users have purchased something with their phone in the past 12 months. The most common “purchase” is online bill payment, which may include a donation to your ministry organization. [read more]

by Mark Jones

According to a new survey published by the Barna Group, 79% of evangelicals have donated money in the past year, compared to 53% of born again non –evangelicals. Of those evangelicals who give, 66% give to their churches and 28% give to other non-profit organizations. [read more]

by Mark Jones


I was sitting at a luncheon where Frank Sommerville, a leading nonprofit attorney, was providing an update on legal and tax issues. He brought up a 2012 tax court case where the IRS disallowed contributions in the amount of $25,171 because the church contribution tax receipt didn’t contain the right disclaimer. [read more]

by Mark Jones


Have you ever tried to look at a website on your smartphone only to be frustrated because you can’t really navigate the site easily? With more than one billion smartphones now in use worldwide, nonprofits are reporting that up to one third of their web traffic is coming from mobile devices. So how easy is it to navigate your ministry’s website with a mobile device? [read more]