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Religion : Religious Media and Broadcasting

American Bible Society

Sharing God's Word with the world

85.68

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

Board Leadership
Karen Mcdonald
Chair Of The Board

CEO
Robert Briggs
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.68
  Financial 81.40
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

81.40

Accountability & Transparency

92.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
72.4%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.35
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.04
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.4%
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) 85.68
Al-Furqaan Foundation (IL) 92.74
Lutheran Heritage Foundation (MI) 89.28
Mesorah Heritage Foundation (NJ) 90.09
Hosanna/Faith Comes By Hearing (NM) 97.95

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $59,480,874
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $59,480,874
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $59,480,874
   Other Revenue $32,390,910
TOTAL REVENUE $91,871,784
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $83,302,810
   Administrative Expenses $8,775,345
   Fundraising Expenses $22,510,348
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $114,588,503
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-22,716,719
   
Net Assets $667,116,061

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 $88,662,039 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 85.68
2018-06 09/03/2019 85.63
2017-06 08/01/2018 88.15
2016-06 11/01/2017 82.37
2015-06 10/01/2016 83.77
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.42
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 84.50
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.93
2012-06 09/01/2013 80.01
2011-06 06/01/2012 82.45
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.61
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 05/01/2010 76.38
2008-06 09/01/2009 80.83
2007-06 04/01/2009 89.65
2006-06 04/01/2008 76.88
2005-06 05/01/2007 71.27
2004-06 07/01/2005 61.34
2003-06 06/01/2004 69.41
2002-06 04/15/2003 74.17
2001-06 02/05/2003 78.72

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$389,777 0.34% Roy L. Peterson President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Bible Society (PA) 85.68
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World Mission (MI) 92.41
Reasons to Believe (CA) 88.24

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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

Karen Mcdonald
Chair Of The Board

CEO

Robert Briggs
President

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