The Need for Transparency and Accountability About Church Spending Decisions
More and more people have a heightened sensitivity to excess and fraud in charitable organizations. So the church’s annual report should cover income, expenses and assets in an easily accessible format for members.
It’s also a good idea to:
Host regular open meetings (with access to minutes for those who can’t attend) so members can ask questions and learn details on the church’s activities and decisions
Appoint independent auditors to review financial records
Issue background checks on staff and volunteers annually
Use secure giving software with an audit trail feature to prevent fraud
Have a policy in place to allow concerns to be reported without fear of retribution
It's great that more and more churches recognize the need to make giving convenient and accessible for church members via online giving, mobile giving apps and text-to-give. But, unfortunately, most of these platforms fail to demonstrate impact or engage givers with their bill pay-like experience. And 64% of people say they would give more if they knew the impact of their gifts. (Source: Fidelity Charity)
Look for a digital giving platform that graphically demonstrates how -- with every gift given -- your church is serving your members, community and world through media-rich Give Stories.
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