by Jac La Tour

Where can you learn about important ministry financial issues like the impact of ethics on accounting? How do you stay informed on legislative issues affecting ministries? What about fundraising best practices or the challenging task of aligning your ministry’s money and mission?

And where can you network with a couple hundred other ministry leaders while learning about these important topics?

The place to go is the 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries. For the fifth consecutive year, ECCU is teaming up with CapinCrouse LLP to offer this event in three California locations—Brea, San Diego, and Livermore. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Matt Branaugh at Managing Your Church tweeted last week about a new resource that looks like it’s worth a look. The Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards ($19.95) is an eBook written by church legal and tax expert Richard Hammar. Topics covered include: [read more]

by Jac La Tour

One of many lessons ministries have learned in recent years is the importance of cash reserves—having funds available when you need them. Without adequate reserves, the pursuit of your ministry’s mission may be in jeopardy.

A free ECCU webinar recording—Cash Reserves: Why you need them. How to build them.—can help. [read more]

by Mark Jones

In a recent letter to his shareholders, Warren Buffet makes mention of wisdom he learned from his grandfather, Ernest.

Buffet, who was listed again as the third richest individual in the world by Forbes Magazine, shared a copy of a letter* written by his grandfather in 1939 to his uncle’s family, outlining his instruction and encouragement to maintain $1,000 in cash as a reserve for unexpected events. Buffet included the letter to highlight both his personal commitment and the importance of this principle for all organizations, especially those he’s considering as investments. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Slow economic recovery has translated into flat or reduced giving for many ministries. What can you do to counter the trend?

On March 15, 2012, we will present the free webinar Proven Ways to Increase Giving to Your Ministry. You’ll learn about several ministries that have experienced increased giving and hear how they generated more revenue. [read more]