August 24, 2016 | Posted in:Southern Baptist Convention

baptist global responseNASHVILLE (BP) — Baptist Global Response has received accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

According to the council, ECFA accreditation is based on the organization’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship and its “model of biblical accountability.” In bestowing its seal, ECFA certifies that BGR has demonstrated financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising in its daily operation.

Established in 2006, BGR is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that responds to critical needs arising from both chronic conditions and natural disasters. It strives to connect people in need with people who care as a way of demonstrating God’s love to the world’s most vulnerable.

“It is important to us and our donors to be able to show that BGR is a trustworthy and well-run organization,” Executive Director Jeff Palmer said. “This accreditation by ECFA is a great affirmation of our organization, practices and policies,” and BGR is “honored to have it.”

Palmer, recapping the scope of BGR’s work, reported, “BGR works with Southern Baptist churches to rapidly respond to international disasters as well as address long-term issues of poverty and hunger with well-planned mercy ministries. In 2015, BGR helped implement 282 relief and development projects in 64 countries. This impacted 4,192 communities, with 173,000 people in need receiving food assistance through BGR programs, 252,000 gaining access to clean drinking water and 105,000 receiving compassionate health care. All of this was done in a way that helped people both physically and spiritually.”

Those interested in partnering with or donating to BGR can find out more through ServantMatch, a new feature on the ECFA website that matches people looking for giving opportunities with ECFA-approved nonprofit organizations that might interest them.

Established in 1979, the ECFA evaluates Christian nonprofits, churches and ministries and endorses those that meet its Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. For more information about the ECFA accreditation process or for a list of accredited members, visit www.ECFA.org.