- Arrow Leadership International Ministries (Arrow Leadership) shall subscribe to a written statement of faith clearly affirming its commitment to the evangelical Christian faith and shall conduct its financial and other operations in a manner which reflects those generally accepted Biblical truths and practices.
- Arrow Leadership shall be governed by a responsible board of not less than five individuals, a majority of whom shall be other than employees/staff and/or those related by blood or marriage, which shall meet at least semiannually to establish policy and review its accomplishments. The board shall appoint a functioning audit review committee, a majority of whom shall be other than employees/staff and/or those related by blood or marriage, for the purpose of reviewing the annual report and reporting its findings to the board.
- Arrow Leadership shall obtain an annual audit performed by an independent, certified public accounting firm in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) with financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
- Arrow Leadership shall exercise management and financial controls necessary to provide reasonable assurance that all resources are used (nationally and internationally) to accomplish the exempt purposes for which they are intended.
- Arrow Leadership shall provide a copy of its current audited financial statements upon written request.
- Arrow Leadership shall conduct its activities with the highest standards of financial integrity. Conflicts of interest are to be avoided. Transactions with related parties may be undertaken only if all of the following are observed: 1) a material transaction is fully disclosed in the audited financial statements of the organization; 2) the related party is excluded from the discussion and approval of such transaction; 3) a competitive bid or comparable valuation exists; 4) the organization’s board has acted upon and demonstrated that the transaction is in the best interest of the member organization.
- Arrow Leadership shall comply with each of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) Standards for Fund Raising.
- Truthfulness in Communication: All representations of fact, description of the financial condition of the organization, or narrative about the events must be current, complete and accurate. References to past activities or events must be appropriately dated. There must be no material omissions or exaggerations of fact or use of misleading photographs or any other communication, which would tend to create a false impression or misunderstanding.
- Communication and Donor Expectations: Fundraising appeals must not create unrealistic donor expectations of what a donor’s gift will actually accomplish within the limits of the organization’s ministry.
- Communication and Donor Intent: All statements made by the organization in its fundraising appeals about the use of the gift must be honored by the organization. The donor’s intent is related to both what was communicated in the appeal and to any donor instructions accompanying the gift. The organization should be aware that communications made in fundraising appeals might create a legally binding restriction.
- Projects Unrelated to a Ministry’s Primary Purpose: An organization raising or receiving funds for programs that are not a part of its present or prospective ministry, but are proper in accordance with its exempt purpose, must treat them as restricted funds to carry out the donor’s intent. Any funds received over the project cost will be put towards the ministry’s primary purpose of developing Christian leaders.
- Incentives and Premiums: Organizations making fundraising appeals which, in exchange for a contribution, offer premiums or incentives (the value of which is not insubstantial, but which is significant in relation to the amount of the donation) must advise the donor of the fair market value of the premium or incentive and that the value is not deductible for tax purposes.
- Reporting: On request, an organization must provide a report, including financial information, on the project for which it is soliciting gifts.
- Percentage Compensation for Fund Raisers: Compensation of outside fundraising consultants or an organization’s own employees based directly or indirectly on a percentage of what is raised, or on any other contingency agreement, is not allowed.
- Tax Deductible Receipts for a Named Recipient’s Personal Benefit: Tax-deductible gifts may not be used to pass money or benefits to any named individual for personal use.
- Conflict of Interest on Royalties: An officer, director, or other principal of the organization must not receive royalties for any product that is used for fundraising or promotional purposes by his/her own organization.
- Acknowledgment of Gifts in Kind: Property of gifts in kind received by an organization should be acknowledged describing the property or gift accurately without a statement of the gift’s market value. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine the fair market value of the property for tax purposes. But the organization should inform the donor of the IRS reporting requirements for all gifts in excess of $5,000.
- Acting in the Interest of the Donor: An organization must make every effort to avoid accepting a gift from or entering into a contract with a prospective donor which would knowingly place a hardship on the donor, or place the donor’s future well-being in jeopardy.
- Financial Advice: The representative of the organization, when dealing with persons regarding commitments on major estate assets, must seek to guide and advise donors so they have adequately considered the broad interests of the family and the various ministries they are currently supporting before they make a final decision. Donors should be encouraged to use the services of their attorneys, accountants, or other professional advisors.
- Spending of funds is confined to Arrow Leadership board approved programs and projects. Each contribution directed toward an approved program or project will be used as restricted with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason as determined by the Arrow Leadership board, the remaining restricted contributions will be put toward Arrow’s greatest priority need in developing Christian leaders.
Adapted from Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s Stewardship Policy.
United States – IRS
501(c)3 Registration #56-152 6335
Arrow Leadership International Ministries
PO Box 8000, #264
Sumas, WA 98295
Canada – Canadian Revenue Agency
BN/registration number 87027 5534 RR0001
Arrow Leadership International Ministries
Unit 130 – 33973 Gladys Avenue