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The Importance of Financial Accountability and Transparency

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Jennifer Morrison, CPA, MBA

Finance Expert and Consultant

Jennifer Morrison formerly served as Bethel's Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance, and now serves Bethel as a consultant. Prior to her work at Bethel, Jennifer was an auditor for a regional public accounting firm, specializing in not-for-profit and government entities, and as an internal controls auditor for a Fortune 500 company. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Masters of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University. She is a CPA licensed in the state of Tennessee. Jennifer is an active member of Silverdale Baptist Church.


 Any time you make a donation to a cause, it’s important to know two things: Is the organization truly making a difference, and does it practice sound financial stewardship.  As you can see in the financial section of Bethel’s 2017 Impact Report, God is using Bethel to change lives and win souls for Christ. We also want you to know that we are committed to using your resources in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

At Bethel, we feel we are accountable to God, our children, our donors, and our community.  So we place a high priority on financial accountability and transparency. This starts with strong internal controls and includes an annual audit from an independent CPA firm.

Each April, independent auditors come to our campus and comb through our records in order to audit our year-end financial statements. They interview staff and board members and review our policies and internal controls. After they complete this fieldwork, they issue an opinion. We have worked hard for many years to make sure we receive what’s known as a “clean” opinion.  This opinion states that in all material respects, our financial statements fairly present our financial position.  This annual audit helps verify that we are properly reporting donations, expenses, and all other pertinent financial information.

Thanks to these sound practices, Bethel has maintained accreditation from ECFA since 1984.  ECFA is the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, an independent organization that judges Christian non-profits according to their compliance with strict established standards, to determine their trust-worthiness for donors.

ECFA looks at financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, and board governance. To maintain accreditation, we annually submit audited financial statements, our 990 federal tax return, and board member information.  Additionally, we must verify that we continue to meet their standards of responsible stewardship.

Through our membership with ECFA, our comparative financial data is made publicly available on their website.  As a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization, our annual 990 is also made publicly available for review.

You can find more about Bethel’s financial accountability, as well as our licenses and other oversight, on our website.

For more information about donating to Bethel Bible Village, please contact me, Jennifer Morrison, at 423-842-5757 ext. 1220 or at jmorrison@bethelbiblevillage.org