Expertise: Charitable Giving Trends, Ethics, Integrity in Fundraising & Ministry
Ed Anderson serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Compassion International. He believes Compassion has a responsibility to set the standard for financial integrity in the nonprofit world.
“A good part of my role has been to understand the trends and directions of the nonprofit sector, and report on these insights to Compassion’s board,” says Ed. “We have a lot of public exposure. We have fought hard for financial integrity. The more we demonstrate what should be the norm, the more we encourage other nonprofits to do the same. We get several ministries each year that ask us how we do what we do. Part of our responsibility as a large charity is to pour into other charities.”
Ed joined Compassion in 1980 as an accounting manager. His journey to his current position included director of accounting and controller, and his areas of responsibility have included finance, risk management, treasury investment, legal, facilities, sponsor/donor ministry and IT. Ed has played an integral role overseeing the development of new organizations worldwide as they join Compassion’s Global Partner Alliance.
“Having been here as long as I have, I can tell you Compassion is one of the most effective charities out there,” says Ed. “We have amazing results—we yield the most impact of almost all the ministries I have observed. I can’t imagine doing anything more worthwhile with my life.”
Ed’s calling to young people and evangelism had early roots. In college Ed volunteered as a leader with Young Life Clubs, an international ministry that served high school students.
Ed received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Towson State University in Maryland and his Masters of Business from the University of Colorado. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1983. He has served on many boards and committees including Colorado Springs Christian Schools, Resource Exchange International, Gospel of Glory, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and Evangelical Joint Accounting Committee.
Ed is an accomplished tennis player and enjoys sailing with his family. He and his wife, Tracey, have two daughters.