Better Business Bureau Report for
Evangelical Child & Family Agency

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2015

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Evangelical Child & Family Agency
Address: 1530 N. Main St.
  Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-653-6400
Web Address:
Also known as:ECFA
Pregnancy Support Services (PSS)
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Evangelical Welfare Agency (EWA): 1950-1959
Evangelical Child Welfare Agency (ECWA): 1959-1974)

Year, State Incorporated: 1950, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of Evangelical Child and Family Agency is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, and protect and nurture abused, neglected and dependent children. They do this by providing services from a biblical perspective.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Evangelical Child & Family Agency does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Evangelical Child & Family Agency does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.
Evangelical Child & Family Agency meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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ECFA is an evangelical Christian social services agency. They provide many services, including adoption, pregnancy counseling and care, family and individual counseling, and child welfare services, which include intact family services and Safe Families for Children.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Evangelical Child & Family Agency's program expenses were:

Foster Family Care 811,992
Pregnancy Support Services 320,432
Intact Family Services 298,487
Adoption Services 246,354
Family and Individual Counseling 73,613
Total Program Expenses: $1,750,878
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Chief Executive : Ken Withrow, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: David Brown
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director of Pastoral Ministries, Lombard Gospel Chapel

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 32

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 19% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $844,742, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Evangelical Child & Family Agency's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Government Payment for Services 983,675
Contributions 680,658
Program Service Fees 193,774
Special projects and events 164,084
Resale Shop Sales 65,947
Gain on disposal of assets 38,847
Income on Investments 3,245
Net unrealized and realized -5,528
Total Income $2,124,702


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 11% 

Total income $2,124,702
Program expenses $1,750,878
Fund raising expenses 159,277
Administrative expenses 232,932
Total expenses $2,143,087
Expenses in Excess of Income (18,385)
Beginning net assets 1,578,501
Ending net assets 1,560,116
Total liabilities 45,309
Total assets $1,605,425

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