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American Bible Society

Sharing God's Word with the world

three stars

88.15

101 N Independence Mall E Fl 8 Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel: (215) 309-0900   Web Site
EIN: 13-1623885

Board Leadership
Jeffrey Brown
Chairman

CEO
Roy L. Peterson
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.15 three stars
  Financial 83.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

From the American Bible Society's (ABS) founding in 1816, we have been focused on translation, publication and the distribution of Bibles to as many people as possible. Our mission today is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. ABS carries out its mission by: affirming the power of God to speak to every generation through the Holy Scriptures; providing translations of the Holy Scriptures that are faithful to the wording of the original language biblical texts; working in partnership with all Christian churches and Christian communities; producing materials that avoid endorsing or advocating any doctrinal positions; and utilizing appropriate communication tools that allow the Word of God to come alive in individual and public life.

From the American Bible Society's (ABS) founding in 1816, we have been focused on translation, publication and the distribution of Bibles to as many people as possible. Our mission today is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. ABS carries out its mission by: affirming the power of God to speak to every generation through the Holy Scriptures; providing translations of the Holy Scriptures that are faithful to the wording of the original language biblical texts; working in partnership with all Christian churches and Christian communities; producing materials that avoid endorsing or advocating any doctrinal positions; and utilizing appropriate communication tools that allow the Word of God to come alive in individual and public life.

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Financial

three stars

83.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
71.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.32
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.68
  Program Expenses Growth 6.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Bible Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Bible Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Bible Society (PA) 88.15 three stars
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (GA) 90.31 four stars
Lutheran Bible Translators (MO) 92.03 four stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.17 four stars
Mike Silva International (OR) 88.55 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $47,537,766
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $47,537,766
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $47,537,766
   Other Revenue $54,348,452
TOTAL REVENUE $101,886,218
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $70,352,656
   Administrative Expenses $9,253,628
   Fundraising Expenses $19,405,014
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $99,011,298
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,874,920
   
Net Assets $663,555,901

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Bible Translation and Distribution $76,110,876 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 88.15 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 82.37 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 83.77 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.42 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 84.50 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.93 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 80.01 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 82.45 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 05/01/2010 76.38 two stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 80.83 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2009 89.65 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 76.88 two stars
2005-06 05/01/2007 71.27 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 61.34 one star
2003-06 06/01/2004 69.41 one star
2002-06 04/15/2003 74.17 two stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 78.72 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-1623885
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY
NTEE Code X20
NTEE Classification Christian
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1931
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$378,189 0.38% Roy L. Peterson President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Bible Society (PA) 88.15 three stars
Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health (TX) 99.27 four stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.17 four stars
Dare 2 Share Ministries (CO) 85.23 three stars
Life Action Ministries (MI) 87.94 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Bible Society
101 N Independence Mall E Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19106
tel: (215) 309-0900
fax: (215) 689-4308
EIN: 13-1623885

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Board Leadership

Jeffrey Brown
Chairman

CEO

Roy L. Peterson
President

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