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ECFA, Christianity Today Int'l, Maximum Generosity to Release 2011 'State of the Plate' Survey Findings
Phone-in Press Conference Set for March 30
Contact: Ty Mays, 770-256-8710

WINCHESTER, Va., March 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Representatives of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) will join Christianity Today International and the stewardship ministry Maximum Generosity in unveiling the results of the "2011 State of the Plate," a national survey regarding giving to churches, in a teleconference at 11:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday.
More than 1,500 U.S. churches participated in the study in February and March, sharing specific details about:
·         Congregations' giving in 2010
·         Changes in budgets and spending from 2010 to 2011
·         How much churches expect pending laws to impact contributions
·         Internal controls and best practices used for financial integrity
"The annual 'State of the Plate' survey is a great portrait of the fiscal well-being of churches across America," said Dan Busby, ECFA president. "The results provide a snapshot on the state of giving at churches nationwide, offering a more informed understanding of how the country's congregations are doing financially in the wake of the Great Recession. It also reveals the regions of the country that fared best and worst in the economic downturn."

Participants in the teleconference will receive an electronic press kit, which includes an executive summary of key "2011 State of the Plate" findings.
Press conference call-in information is as follows: call: (484) 589-1010; access code: 199-420-483; audio PIN: shown after joining the call; press conference link: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/763032032.     
ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA standards pertaining to financial accountability, fund-raising and board governance. To learn more about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ecfa.org or call 1-800-323-9473.